Paris 7s 2018 - Women

June 10 2018

Brittany Benn - Canada

Canada Finish 3rd in Tournament and 4th in 2017-18 Series

Canada finished 4th in the 2017-18 series but finished on a high note defeating 3rd place France 17-10 at home to claim the tournament bronze. Scoring for Canada in the bronze medal match were Landry, Williams, Farella. Farella made the tournament all-star team and is finding her form after returning from injury. Next up is the World Cup in July.

Canada Play for 3rd/4th on Sunday After Win Over USA and Loss to NZ on Day 2

Paris is a 3 day tournament for the women. Canada claimed a win over USA and a loss to NZ on Day 2. They will face France for the 3rd/4th position on Day 3 while NZ and Australia compete for the tournament title. Australia wrapped up the series title just by making the final in Paris.

Canada will finish in 4th place in the series regardless of the outcome tomorrow, France will finish 3rd. It's a step down from their usual 3rd place spot in the Olympics and previous series.

The team hasn't completely recovered from the loss of Jen Kish and the mismatch in physicality and confidence in the NZ match was a clear indicator of the gap for a top two spot in the upcoming World Cup in San Francisco. The match tomorrow against France will indicate if they're close to challenging for a top 3 spot.

Day 2:
Cup Quarterfinals:
Canada 26-24 USA:
A nail-biting encounter between two evenly matched sides, a Landry conversion the difference at the end of the day. An end-to-end game from start to finish with both teams exchanging tries throughout. After USA opened the scoring, captain fantastic, Ghislaine Landry sliced the defence to score under the sticks. Charity Williams looked to have given Canada the lead at the break. However, USA had the final say, as they managed to create one more opportunity and score with time all but finished on the clock. HT: 12-14.

The second-half continued in similar fashion. Britt Benn got Canada off to a great start, running a perfect line to score her 49th try on the World Series. USA once again bounced back to level the scores at 19-19 with two minutes remaining. Bianca Farella then did what we have become accustomed to, a powerful run resulting in what looked to be the match winner. However, with time finished on the clock, USA managed another five-pointer to take them back within two points of Canada with only the conversion to come. The conversion sailed wide, as Canada sealed a dramatic win and a place in the final four.

Full-time: Canada 26-24 USA

Tries - Landry, Williams, Benn, Farella
Conversions - Landry (3)

Cup Semi-finals:
Canada 7-34 New Zealand:
The Black Ferns showed their class, as they dashed Canada's hopes of reaching the finals and playing for the gold medal in Paris.

Canada's Bianca Farella hit a major milestone when she crossed for her 100th try on the Women's World Series. Unfortunately, Canada's only try on the night. However, Canada will be happy with the way they've played leading up to the semi-finals and the players will take a lot of confidence from a potential bronze medal win against France tomorrow.

Full-time: Canada 7-34 New Zealand

Day 3 (Bronze medal match)
Canada vs. France at 11:05am ET/8:05am PT.

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Canada 2-1 on Day 1 - Face USA in Cup Quarter-Finals on Day 2

Canada and USA are tied in the series standings going into the Paris 7s, both with 44 points. The winner of the head to head match tomorrow will finish in 4th place in the 2018 series. France with 54 points in 3rd are likely too far ahead now that they've secured a quarter-final berth as well. France face England in their QF match. NZ and Australia are battling it out for top spot with Australia likely to claim the title, they have 74 points to 70 for NZ. Australia just have to make the final to secure the series title, NZ have to win and hope Australia gets knocked out at the QF or SF stage.

from Rugby Canada

Day 1:

Canada 31-5 Russia:
Canada's Women's Sevens Team were in the mood for scoring on Friday, as they ran in five tries to claim a convincing win over a strong Russian team. Caroline Crossley was first to cross the white-wash for Canada in Paris after a string of phases were put together. Captain, Ghislaine Landry extended Canada's lead with a try on the stroke of halftime to give Canada a 12-point advantage at the break.

The second-half continued in similar fashion to the first, as Kayla Moleschi ran a beautiful line to dot down under the sticks. Russia managed to score their only try of the game midway through the second-half, but a second try from Ghislaine Landry and a late score from Britt Benn sealed the deal for Canada.

Full-time: Canada 31-5 Russia

Tries - Crossley, Landry (2), Moleschi, Benn
Conversions - Landry (3)

Canada 21-12 Fiji:
Canada claimed another good victory in pool B against a tough Fiji side. Bianca Farella was the star of the show once again, as the powerful runner crossed the line on two occasions to give Canada a 14-7 advantage at the break.

Breanne Nicholas scored the crucial opening try in the second-half to extend Canada's lead to 21-7. Ghislaine Landry adding all three conversions to take the game out of reach for Fiji. The Islanders did manage a late consolation but it wasn't to be, as Canada walked away with their second win of the day.

Full-time: Canada 21-12 Fiji

Tries - Farella (2), Nicholas,
Conversions - Landry (3)

Canada 14-31 Australia:
Australia showed exactly why they are ranked number one on the HSBC Women's World Rugby rankings, as they ran in five tries to Canada's two to top pool B. Emma Sykes and Emma Tonegato scored two tries each, while at Dom du Toit closed out the game for Australia.

Canada did not go down without a fight and managed to score two tries of their own in the second-half through a fabulous Sara Kaljuvee solo effort and a trademark Charity Williams try. Canada will take lots of positives from their performance and head coach, John Tait will be confident that his team can progress in the cup quarterfinals.

Full-time: Canada 14-31 Australia.

Day 2:

Cup Quarterfinals:
Canada vs USA
Kick-off at 10:08am ET / 7:08am PT

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Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team for Paris Sevens:

1. Olivia Apps – Lindsay RFC (Lindsay, ON)
2. Britt Benn – Guelph Redcoats (Napanee, ON)
3. Pam Buisa – Ottawa Irish (Gatineau, QC)
4. Caroline Crossley – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
5. Hannah Darling – Peterborough Pagans (Warsaw, ON)
6. Bianca Farella – Town of Mount Royal RFC (Montreal, QC)
7. Sara Kaljuvee – Toronto Scottish (Ajax, ON)
8. Ghislaine Landry – Toronto Scottish (Toronto, ON)
9. Kayla Moleschi – Williams Lake Rustlers (Williams Lake, BC)
10. Breanne Nicholas – London St. Georges RFC (Blenheim, ON)
11. Natasha Watcham-Roy – Hull Volant (Gatineau, QC)
12. Charity Williams – Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)

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