Dubai 7s 2019 - Women

December 07 2019


Karen Paquin - Canada
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Canada Win Silver with Wins Over France and Australia: Jump from 6th to 4th in Series Standings: FULL MATCH VIDEOS



A good tournament for Canada and the team's defensive effort was one of the improvements. The power players Paquin, Buisa, Benn had a good tournament putting in some storming runs. If Buisa can add that aggression to her defensive work as well she'll become the complete player like Paquin and Benn. Landry turned up at key times to move Canada forward, her kickoffs, especially the short ones, are a concern as the success percentage is dropping. Canada should consider the long kick as a strategic option more often, especially with their pressure defence starting to perform well. Canada rise from 6th in the standings to 4th, a placement more in line with their true form which is top 3. Defeating Australia, the defending Olympic champion, in the semis was the highlight of the tournament. The women move on to Cape Town next weekend for the first time.

Canada 19 - France 7

A 3 try to 1 win for Canada with Karen Paquin having a strong game and scoring 2 tries with Charity Williams adding a solo.

Match video on CBC

Canada 26 - Australia 12

Canada start well, a few passes hitting the dirt but recovered, they patiently work their way down field with some nice runs by Buisa, Benn and Paquin using their size and strength. Kayla Moleschi finishes it off for a 7-0 lead. Australia get one back with powerful run by Pelite over several Canadian defenders. Canada score the next one with Pam Buisa doing all the heavy work and Landry finishing it off, 12-5. Canada kick off deep, a tactic ignored too often by teams, and pins Australia in their end with confidence in their defence. Landry gets one last chance with a clever chip and chase but the ball goes beyond the goal area, there's a hint she was tackled without the ball but the ref lets it go, 12-5 at the half.

Australia open the 2nd half with Ellia Green beating Bianca Farella with pace on the outside, 12-12. Charity Williams puts Canada ahead after some stout defensive work frustrates Austrialia. Williams used her speed to get to the outside then swerved to beat the sweeper and touch down under the posts, 19-12 with just under 2 minutes to go. Landry adds the killer blow at the whistle, scoring the final try, 26-12.

Match video on CBC

NZ 17 - Canada 14

A 3 try to 2 win for NZ. Canada's tries by Karen Paquin and Julia Greenshields.

Match video on CBC



Canada Finish Second in Pool to USA: Face France in QF: FULL MATCH VIDEOS



Canada 43 - Brazil 0

Canada played Brazil in their second match and it was a walk over, 43-0, 24-0 HT. Coach Tait rested several of his starters for this match Landry, Farella, Moleshci, Crossley and Paquin. They subbed in the second half but obviously the revised starting 7 had more than enough talent to get the job done.

Benn started the scoring with a long range try, Williams scored the second scorching the defender on the outside with her speed, Kaili Lukan scored the third try with a chip and chase with no sweeper in site. At this point, 19-0, Canada had 26 passes according to stats while Brazil had 0, it was all Canada possession. Kaljuvee scored the fourth try of the half after Benn had run half the field fending off a couple of player, 24-0. One of the highlights on defence was when Brazil had a line break, Canada were able to track back to catch the runner and when she offloaded there was someone there to tackle the support runner and turn the ball over.

The second half was more of the same with tries by Farella x2 and Alarie while keeping Brazil off the board. The next match against #1 USA would be tougher however.

Match video on CBC

USA 34 - Canada 10

Coach Tait had his usual starters back on for this match with Pam Buisa starting ahead of Karen Paquin. Canada started out with two mistakes while USA were precise in their play. The first mistake knocking the kickoff on, the second mistake not finding touch on a penalty. USA make Canada pay for that last error and make it look easy unlocking the Canada defence, Kirshe scoring her first with speed on the outside. USA are again precise on the kickoff, they're targetting Buisa and again USA recover the ball. Kelter scores the second for USA using power to drive through tackles. Where Canada were winning the contact area in their opening match against Russia, they're losing it badly here. Players like Kelter and Kirshe are too much to handle for some of the Canadian tacklers. This is definitely a game where Karen Paquin's physicality is needed. Tapper scores another before half, just swatting Farella and Benn out of the way as she finds her way to the try zone. 17-0 USA at the half and Canada aren't even in the match, they're getting phsyically dominated on both sides of the ball.

Charity Williams and Karen Paquin sub into the match. Farella starts the second half with some intensity and rips a ball out of the American player's hands and runs it in for a solo try. It doesn't last long though as Kirshe scores her second for USA, she has an unusual body type for 7s, she's only 5'2" and 143 lbs but she has deceptive speed. The taller Canadian players are grabbing her around the shoulders and she's not even slowing down. Next Landry gets held up and the ball ripped out of her arms and USA get another. USA are playing with more intent, Canada looking out of it mentally in this match. As the commentator noted, "USA are bossing this game of rugby". Canada get one at the end by Kaili Lukan but then give one up as Emba scores her second when she runs over Paquin, not something you see every day. Canada were thoroughly outmuscled in this match, they're going to have bring some more intensity if they hope to beat USA in future matches this season. Canada now face France in the QF as France beat NZ and are top in their pool,

Match video on CBC


Canada Defeat Russia in Game One - Face Brazil & USA on Day 2: FULL MATCH VIDEO



After watching the men's game the first thing you notice with the women is their tackling, they're not just content to stop the ball carrier, they often dominate. Big Karen Paquin comes off the line, one on one against the ball carrier, shoulders hunched looking very much like she's on the hunt. She wraps the ball carrier, drives with her legs and knocks the Russian player back, landing on her not behind her. She gets back on her feet, doesn't try to jackal the ball but engages the Russian support player and drives her back off the ball. Canada support players engage behind her and the counter ruck is won without the need for a risky "not supporting your weight" jackal attempt. That's the way it's done. After several phases and penalties Canada is over the line but the try belonged to Karen Paquin's dominance at the tackle. In the record books the try is credited to Bianca Farella.

Farella scores again, a good team try, the women are doing a lot of little things well, runners are staying on their feet a little longer giving support a chance to get there, the Canada players are winning the contact area and driving tacklers back. The Russian team are also known for their physicality so this is a positive start. Russia makes a handling error just before half that Canada capitalizes on, Landry scoring, 19-0 for Canada at the half.

Russia scores first in the second half after winning the kickoff. Some nice offloads and Landry on the cover gets overpowered one on one by the bigger player, Mikhaltsova. Canada look a little shaken to start the second half and a lot of errors are creeping in, Caroline Crossley goes to the bench and Pam Buisa comes on. Kaili Lukan and Charity Williams have subbed on earlier. Russia have a 5 metre scrum and make the try look easy, 19-12 now and a one score game.

Canada respond well and score a team try, lots of offloads, driving through the tackles and Charity Williams finishes it off. Russia score with 18 seconds left, really a missed tackle as she ran between Farella and Moleschi. Final is 24-17.

Overall Canada hope to improve on their 6th place final from last tournament. They do a lot of little things well but the mental lapses are a concern against the better teams, dropping off tackles at key times, losing form at the rucks. It was disappointing that the bench wasn't cleared in this match as Alarie and Kaljuvee are both good players and the last try given up was due to fatique, the fresh legs would have helped. The women face Brazil and USA tomorrow. They should make the Cup QF and then it's important they win their first match. The match against USA is important as the loser of that one will likely face NZ in the QF.

Full match video on CBC



Canadian Women's Team Announced for Dubai 7s - Dec 5-7



Canada's women didn't get off to a great start in Glendale, coming 6th, when usually they're solid bronze medalists aspiring for more. They sent a team to the Oceania 7s and they didn't do that great either, losing to NZ and Australia and splitting the matches with Japan. So this is an important tournament for the program to show they're capable of a top 3 finish as usual.

A couple of changes, Britt Benn coming back from injury is one of the changes that will boost the team. Sara Kaljuvee also is back in the squad after playing some XVs for the national squad in the centres. Missing out with these players returning are Delaney Aikens and Breanne Nicholas. There's no mention in the Rugby Canada report on whether Breanne Nicholas is injured or not selected but she's usually an integral part of the team, one of the playmakers and one of the better tacklers on the team.

They'll face Russia first, the 7th place team in the standings, then #12 Brazil and finally current #1 USA. Games will be live streamed by CBC Sports.

from Rugby Canada

LANGFORD, BC (November 27, 2019) – Head coach John Tait has named his travelling 13 for the Dubai (December 5-7) and Cape Town (December 13-15) stops on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Canada are coming off of a sixth-place finish at the Glendale 7s, where a tight loss to the USA in the quarterfinals put them out of medal contention. Canada will get another shot at the now first place Eagles in Dubai, facing off against them in pool A along with Russia and Brazil.

“It’s a really tough pool,” said head coach John Tait. “Obviously, the U.S. won the last one in a really tight match and same goes for our game against Australia. It wasn’t where we wanted to finish, but we take a lot of confidence from that experience. The two teams that went to the final, we had those teams beat, really. It was just down to our mental errors in decision making that cost us those games.”

With nine weeks between Glendale and Dubai, Canada added in a stop at the Oceania 7s to their training schedule. The Maple Leaf’s tour brought in women’s 15s Courtney Holtkamp and Emily Samek, as well as Rugby Canada Development Academy graduate Ella O’Regan.

Six players from that Maple Leaf’s squad—Elissa Alarie, Pam Buisa, Emma Chown, Caroline Crossley, Sara Kaljuvee, and Kaili Lukan—will join Canada for Dubai and Cape Town.

“The Oceania 7s was a great opportunity to test our wider squad against some quality competition in New Zealand, Australia, and Japan,” said Tait. “It was a really good exercise for the team, and we learned a lot about each other and about our depth. Hopefully that will pay off as the year goes on.”

After a 40-point performance in Glendale, the all-time points leader Ghislaine Landry will captain Canada once again. Dubai marks the first tournament of the season for Britt Benn and Sara Kaljuvee, who are both returning from injury.

Fans can watch the Dubai and Cape Town 7s LIVE on CBC Sports with updates, stats, and more available on World Rugby 7s channels.

Canada’s Roster:

1. Elissa Alarie, Westshore RFC (Trois Rivieres, QC)
2. Brittany Benn, Guelph Redcoats (Napanee, ON)
3. Pamphinette Buisa, Ottawa Irish (Gatineau, QC)
4. Emma Chown, Aurora Barbarians (Barrie, ON)
5. Caroline Crossley, Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
6. Bianca Farella, Town of Mount Royal RCF (Montreal, QC)
7. Julia Greenshields, Sarnia Saints (Sarnia, ON)
8. Sara Kaljuvee, Toronto Scottish (Ajax, ON)
9. Ghislaine Landry, Toronto Scottish (Toronto, ON) - Captain
10. Kaili Lukan, Unattached (Barrie, ON)
11. Kayla Moleschi, Williams Lake Rustlers (Williams Lake, BC)
12. Karen Paquin, Castaway Wanderers / CRQ (Quebec City, QC)
13. Charity Williams, Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)

Canada’s Dubai Schedule:

Day 1- Dec 5

Canada vs Russia- 6:34am ET/ 3:34am PT

Day 2- Dec 6

Canada vs Brazil- 12:44am ET / 9:44pm PT (Dec 5)

Canada vs USA- 6:18am ET / 3:18am PT

Broadcast: cbc.ca/sports & CBC Gem App

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