Canada Women's 7s - Hamilton, NZ 2020

January 26 2020


Charity Williams - Canada
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Canada Win Silver in NZ and Claim 3rd in the World Standings: MATCH VIDEOS



Canada 7 - NZ 24

The match was tied at 7-7 at the half but it was all NZ in the second half. They were a bit more physical, a bit more confident, a bit better with their footwork. Canada rise to 3rd place in the standings and look poised for another medal run at the Olympics. NZ have won 3 of the 4 tournaments so far this season and look early favourites for Olympic Gold. Australia have fallen off their form a bit and USA and France are the other contenders this Olympic year. Canada may need to find one more attack player in the mold of Charity Williams before the Olympics. They have the big bodies, the power players in numbers but lack another player like Williams who can step a few and use speed to score from distance.

MATCH VIDEO (from CBC)



Canada 28 - Australia 19

It was an even first half, 14-12 for Canada as time went two minutes past the game clock. Canada scrambled to get the final try of the half and the lead. Caroline Crossley came on to start the second half and upped the physicality with a couple of hard tackles to announce Canada's intent in the 2nd 7 minutes. Australia went ahead 19-14 with just over two minutes left. Again Charity Williams saved the day for Canada with a solo effort to break the Australian defence, 21-14. With 30 seconds left Crossley wins the aerial battle on the kickoff, to Landry who works some magic to score a solo try and win the game at the final whistle.

Bianca Farella 4'
Kayla Moleschi 9'
Charity Williams 13'
Ghislaine Landry 15'

MATCH VIDEO (from CBC)



Canada 21 - France 19

Canada finished pool play with a 3-0 record and a final win over France. France had most of the possession in the first half but a Charity Williams try near the end of the half gave Canada a 14-7 lead at HT. France scored first to go up 19-14 with 5 minutes left in the match. Charity Williams again was the answer and Canada went ahead 21-14, France finished off with a try from aggressive defence. It wasn't Canada's best match and a couple of the newer players were exposed by the aggressive French defence. It was job done however and Canada made the final four.

Brittany Benn 4'
Charity Williams 8' & 11'

MATCH VIDEO (from CBC)





Canada 2-0 on Day 1 - Face France Tomorrow to Decide Pool Winner



Canada cruised through two matches defeating Ireland and Spain to set up the decider tomorrow against France. The winner will top the pool.

Canada 24 - Ireland 7

Ireland with tenacious defence kept themselves in the match but Kaili Lukan was the player of the match for Canada providing the long distance strike speed and scoring two tries in the win.

Brittany Benn 4'
Kaili Lukan 7' & 14'
Charity Williams 11'

Canada 35 - Spain 5

Canada struggled early on, they had all the possession but handling errors gave the ball back to Spain. Newcomer Keyara Wardley had a particularly tough time during this period. It took direct running by Charity Williams to get Canada on track. Spain answered back and it was a close 7-5 at the half.

It was all Canada in the second half, started by Landry with the first try of the second half.

Charity Williams 6'
Ghislaine Landry 9' & 12'
Brittany Benn 11'
Elissa Alarie 14'





Coach John Tait Names Team for NZ and Australia Tournaments



from Rugby Canada

Head coach John Tait has named his 14-player squad that will travel to the fourth and fifth stops on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Hamilton, NZ (Jan 25-26) and Sydney, Aus (Feb 1-2).

Canada currently sits in fourth place after closing out 2019 with back-to-back podium finishes. A disappointing loss to the Black Ferns forced Canada to settle for silver in Dubai, followed by a redemption win against France in the Cape Town bronze medal match after losing to them in pool play.

“Dubai and Cape Town were good tournaments for us,” said Tait. “The girls put a lot of work in leading into those events so it was good to see them get on the podium and get rewarded with that. But as a group we were pretty disappointed that we didn’t come away on top of the podium—Dubai especially.”

Tait added: “Great mindset from the group though. Although we achieved something, they were disappointed we didn’t achieve more. So we’ll carry that hunger into these next two stops.”

Series all-star Ghislaine Landry returns as captain. Landry is only one kick away from 300 conversions—the second most by any women’s player. Searching for a milestone of her own, Bianca Farella is just one try short of 150 all-time on the series, second behind New Zealand’s Portia Woodman.

New addition to the squad, Asia Hogan-Rochester will travel with the team as an injury replacement. The first World Series tour for the crossover track athlete Hogan-Rochester was part of the gold medal winning team at the 2019 Pan-American games.

Looking forward to the Hamilton stop, Tait said: “It’s going to be tighter margins with the knockout format the way it is, so we’ll have to come out of the gates really hard and perform at each and every game.”

Canada will face off in pool C against France, Spain, and Ireland. Fans can watch all the action LIVE on CBC Sports, with live updates on World Rugby Sevens Match Centre.

Canada’s Roster:

Elissa Alarie, Westshore RFC (Trois Rivieres, QC)
Brittany Benn, Guelph Redcoats (Napanee, ON)
Pamphinette Buisa, Ottawa Irish (Gatineau, QC)
Caroline Crossley, Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Bianca Farella, Town of Mount Royal RCF (Montreal, QC)
Julia Greenshields, Sarnia Saints (Sarnia, ON)
Asia Hogan-Rochester, York Lions (Toronto, ON)
Sara Kaljuvee, Toronto Scottish (Ajax, ON)
Ghislaine Landry, Toronto Scottish (Toronto, ON) - Captain
Kaili Lukan, Unattached (Barrie, ON)
Kayla Moleschi, Williams Lake Rustlers (Williams Lake, BC)
Karen Paquin, Castaway Wanderers / CRQ (Quebec City, QC)
Keyara Wardley, Okotoks Lions (Vulcan, AB)
Charity Williams, Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)

Canada’s Schedule:

Day 1- Jan 24, 2019

Canada vs Ireland- 3:52pm ET/ 12:52pm PT
Canada vs Spain- 9:30pm ET/ 6:30pm PT

Day 2- Jan 25

Canada vs France- 3:07pm ET/ 12:07pm PT

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