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Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

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Spurred on by a boisterous hometown crowd at Westhills Stadium, Canada’s Women’s Sevens team went undefeated during day one of the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens Cup. They are now through to the quarterfinals. Their next game is against France Sunday morning.

Canada opened the day in the morning by trouncing Japan 38-0. Scoring 38 points in a 15-minute sevens game demonstrates just how dominant Canada is sevens rugby.

During the 2:30 PM match versus Ireland, Canada won by a score of 26-0. During the final match of the day, they had a tight mid-field game against England where they scored one try, but missed on the conversation to win by a score of 5-0. Canada did not concede a single point, while outscoring their opponents 69-0.

“Obviously the defence and keeping a clean sheet for day one is always a challenge, not to have those letdowns,” said Tait. “We’ve worked hard in the last week, particularly looking at a lot of video where we can improve our defence. The structure was there, it’s just a matter of us being calm.”

It’s the first time this season Canada did not concede a single point in a day of competition.

“It’s pretty impressive nobody scored any points on us,” said Captain Jen Kish. “We all know defence wins games and it just goes to show that when you’re on with your defence you’re going to come out with a 3-0 on day one.”

Canada was in the same position at last year’s Canada Sevens where they finished 3-0 on Day One before bowing out in the Cup Quarterfinals, losing two of their three matches on Day Two. Kish missed last year’s tournament due to injury, but knows what it will take to be successful this time around.

CANADA 38-0 JAPAN

Canada controlled much of the play in the match, with Japan’s only real threat coming on a tryline stand by the Canadian defence.

Karen Paquin opened the scoring in the first minute, while Bianca Farella added two first half tries to give Canada a 21-0 lead at half. The second half was much of the same, with Canada scoring another three tries as Kayla Moleschi, Britt Benn and Kelly Russell all touched down.

CANADA 26-0 IRELAND

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Canada vs Ireland – Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

 

The Irish hung tough with the Canadians in the opening half, but with Canada pinned in their own try zone, Bianca Farella went the length of the pitch to give Canada a 7-0 lead at the break.

Canada continued to play at a high level in the second half, with Kayla Mack taking the second half restart in for her first ever World Rugby Sevens Series try.

“It was great, it’s always nice to get the try but every moment on the field with the girls is such an adventure and so much fun and whenever anyone gets one it feels like a team try,” said an excited Mack.

Mack followed that up with her second try in as many minutes and Kelly Russell added a fourth Canadian try in the closing seconds as Canada claimed a 26-0 victory.

CANADA 5-0 ENGLAND

Canada continued their dominant defensive effort against England, scrapping out a 5-0 win to take Pool C. Bianca Farella provided the only points of the match, scoring in the final seconds of the first half. It was Farella’s fourth try of the tournament, the most by any Canadian player.

For the full Canada Sevens schedule, click here. The cup final will kick off at 9:05pm ET/6:05pm PT Sunday. The entire tournament can be seen LIVE at www.worldrugby.org

Canada’s Roster for the Atlanta Sevens (name, club, hometown):

Britt Benn – (Guelph Redcoats) Napanee, ON
Hannah Darling – (Peterborough Pagans) Warsaw, ON

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Canada’s Bianca Farella carries against England – Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

Bianca Farella – (Town of Mont Royal RFC) Montreal, QC
Julia Greenshields – (Sarnia Saints) Sarnia, ON
Jen Kish – (Edmonton Rockers) Edmonton, AB
Ghislaine Landry – (Toronto Scottish) Toronto, ON
Megan Lukan – (Unattached) Barrie, ON
Kayla Mack – (Wild Oats) Saskatoon, SK
Kayla Moleschi – (Williams Lake Rustlers) Williams Lake, BC
Karen Paquin – (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Kelly Russell – (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
Charity Williams – (Markham Irish) Toronto, ON

Unavailable for selection due to injury:

Elissa Alarie – (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Rugby Club) Trois-Rivieres, QC
Magali Harvey – (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Emmanuela Jada (Guelph Redcoats) Guelph, ON
Ashley Steacy – (Lethbridge Rugby Club) Lethbridge, AB
Natasha Watcham-Roy – (Hull Volant) Gatineau, QC

Canada’s Coaching Staff:

John Tait – Head Coach
Sandro Fiorino – Assistant Coach
Meaghan Howat – Manager
Sandeep Nandhra – Athletic Therapist
Tyler Goodale – Strength & Conditioning

Canada’s Langford Sevens Day 1 Schedule:

Canada 38-0 Japan
Canada 26-0 Ireland
Canada 5-0 England

Canada’s Langford Sevens Day 2 Schedule:

Canada vs. France at 1:44pm ET/10:44am PT

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