Canadian Women Win Second Match of CanAm Series 52-27 for 71-27 Series Aggregate: Overtake France in World Rankings
A good result for Canada and the women's XVs program. The wins have moved Canada up to 3rd place in the World Rugby rankings past France, USA have fallen to 6th place.
The match was on a paid subscription platform florugby.com which limited its distribution but they have put up a free 7 minute highlight package which is linked below.
Canada got off to a slow start and were down 10-0 early on. They fought back for their first try at the 14 minute mark with a forward powered try and a 10-7 scoreline. USA extended the lead at the 21 minute mark, again the Canadian defence was pinching in and USA speed on the outside was paying dividends, 15-7. Canada got one back at 26 minutes with a powerful run by #13, Alysha Corrigan, as she beat several defenders for a solo try, 15-12. At 34 minutes Canada took its first lead when tighthead prop Daleaka Menin took a pass in the midfield and beat her opposite number, showing surprising pace to rumble in from 30 metres out with Alysha Corrigan in support. The half ended 19-15 in Canada's favour.
Canada went up 26-15 when hooker Gillian Boag, lurking on the wing, found USA had run out of defenders and showed good speed to score from 25 metres out. The front row pace from Canada in scoring two medium range tries is a big plus moving forward. Next up was a score by #10, Taylor Black, who found a gap from 25 metres out and beat the cross cover. The Canadian team were now playing with a lot of confidence and the offloads were coming fast and furious and the lively ball movement was creating problems for the USA defence, 33-15. Next an interception try by #6, Sophie de Goede, as she took it under the posts from 45 metres out, nothing but net, 40-15. USA got one back at the 56 minute mark, 40-22. At 65 minutes Sophie de Goede again made her presence felt, ripping a ball out of a ruck as USA were trying to run the ball out of their 5 metres. She passed out to one of the backs who scampered over the line, 47-22. With 3 minutes left #10 Taylor Black put a nicely weighted chip kick from 22 metres out into the corner for the outside backs to contest, Canada won the aerial battle and the supporting player crossed the line for the score, 52-22. USA got one as time had run out, final of 52-27. USA Rugby Report FLO Rugby Video Highlights
Rugby Canada Report - pending
Canada Women Defeat USA 19-0 in First of Two Game Series
We haven't seen a match report from Rugby Canada yet so we posted the USA Rugby report below.
Canada got tries from prop DaLeaka Menin, winger Irene Patrinos, and flanker Janna Slevinsky, as well as two conversions from scrumhalf Brianna Miller.
There was heavy rain during the match as depicted in the photos below.
The second match is Sunday.
from USA Rugby
The USA Women’s National Team XVs fell to Canada 0-19 in the first of a two-match series to serve as their Autumn Internationals. In increasingly challenging conditions, the United States and Canada battled against wind, rain and slick grass to maintain control of the ball and play to their strengths.
“There were some moments that we should have expected more of ourselves,” said Captain Kate Zackary. “Despite the conditions, we made adjustments to our game plan and tightened up some of our forward movements.
“We gave opportunities to our packs where we could, they carried extremely hard. We had a lot of really strong carries from Amy Naber-Bonte and Leti Hingano on the backline.
“Unfortunately we made a few visits to the 22 and didn’t come away with a try. The girls did a great job digging in, making those [Canadian] tries hard and we’re looking forward to a dry game on Sunday.”
For the first several minutes, the Canadians threatened inside the U.S. 22, monopolizing possession while the Eagles scrambled in defense to cover gaps, remain physical and stay sharp through each set piece. Finally, the opposition found their edge from a five-meter lineout and put seven on the board with a try and conversion mid posts.
Scrums were a consistent presence throughout the game -- as was kicking -- as both teams fought through the adversity of the weather to build an attacking edge. Flyhalf Gabby Cantorna put a few convincing kicks through the air but the Canadains were dominant in the kickchase and countered with a buzzing attack in most situations.
Around the 30th minute, with Canada still only up by seven, the USA’s Catie Benson pushed herself over the tryline only to find the ball was held up. The sequence would plague the United States throughout the game as Kate Zackary would nearly score before the ball was knocked on and multiple trips inside the opposition 22 were halted by handling errors.
Canada scored two more tries at the end of the first half and beginning of the second half. Canadian winger Irene Patrinos found a margin of space in the corner and Janna Slevinsky caught the U.S. off guard and squeezed through a patch of space.
From the 60th minute and well past the 70th minute, the Eagles threatened inside the Canadian 22, just as Canada had at the start of the game. The United States maintained its grit and intensity until the very end, when the match was called off two minutes early due to lightning in the area.
Despite the many challenges presented by the weather, the United States showed some promising signs of intent through convincing runs, an increase in kicking strategy and big hits. Five new players also joined the Eagles fold in new caps to Frieda Fetuu, 2016 Olympian Kathryn Johnson, Leti Hingano, Kathryn Treder and Maya Learned.
As the final match approaches on Sunday, both teams can hope for dry game to lean into the progress made through a year of test match rugby.
KO is set for 2 PM PT on florugby.com.