New Zealand Narrowly Defeat Canada in Women’s Rugby World Cup Pool Match Preview
Submitted by Bryan Kelly
Canada's senior women’s team fell 20-10 to the New Zealand Black Ferns Wednesday in a matchup of the two best ranked teams in the world. Canada got second half tries from Magali Harvey and Laura Russell but three tries and the boot of Kendra Cocksedge propelled the Black Ferns to victory.
"We weren't consistent today," head coach Francois Ratier said. "We were able to scores tries but we gave away soft penalties. We were courageous, we never gave up but it just wasn't enough today."
After leading 8-0 at the interval thanks to a Cocksedge try and penalty, Canada came roaring back into the game as Harvey got her second try in as many games as she raced away to touch down after Latoya Blackwood had intercepted a Black Ferns pass.
However, New Zealand answered immediately as replacement forward Aotearoa Mata'u powered over from close range to push the Black Ferns' lead to 15-5. Canada's Brittany Waters was shown a yellow card in the 61st minute but the teams were back even just three minutes later as Eloise Blackwell was sent to the sin bin. Canada made the Black Ferns pay immediately as from the resulting lineout, Russell peeled off of a driving maul to touch down in the corner to cut the lead to 15-10 with 15 minutes to play.
But again New Zealand hit back right away. After Cocksedge's penalty had missed, fullback Selica Winiata carved Canada apart to touch down in the 68th minute to seal the Black Ferns' victory.
"We're not happy," captain Kelly Russell said. "We're disappointed with the way we came out and played. We didn't start playing our game until midway through the second half. The girls give it their all every minute of the game. We can't ask for more. We just have to be more switched on when he hit the pitch."
Canada returns to action on Saturday when they face reigning World Cup champions England at Twickenham. Broadcast details are still to be confirmed.
Canada versus New Zealand:
- Carolyn McEwen, Burnaby Lake RC (Vancouver, BC)
- Laura Russell, Toronto Nomads (Bolton, ON)
- DaLeaka Menin, Calgary Hornets (Vulcan, AB)
- Kayla Mack, Saskatoon Wild Oats (Saskatoon, SK)
- Latoya Blackwood, Westshore RFC (Montreal, QC)
- Jacey Grusnick, Aurora Barbarians (Alliston, ON)
- Karen Paquin, Club de Rugby de Quebec (Quebec City, QC)
- Kelly Russell, Captain, Toronto Nomads (Bolton, ON)
- Chelsea Guthrie, Stratchona Druids (Edmonton, AB)
- Emily Belchos, Westshore RFC (Innisfil, ON)
- Magali Harvey, Club de Rugby de Quebec (Quebec City, QC)
- Andrea Burk, Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)
- Alex Tessier, Montreal Barbarians (Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton, QC)
- Elissa Alarie, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC (Trois Rivieres, QC)
- Julianne Zussman, Castaway Wanderers (Montreal, QC)
- Julia Folk, Regina Rogues (Regina, SK)
- Demi Stamatakis, SFU (Vancouver, BC)
- Olivia DeMerchant, Woodstock Wildmen (Mapledale, NB)
- Tyson Beukeboom, Aurora Barbarians/Cowichan RFC (Uxbridge, ON )
- Barbara Mervin, Westshore RFC (Peterborough, ON)
- Brianna Miller, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC (Pointe-Claire, QC)
- Anais Holly, TMRRFC (Montreal, QC)
- Brittany Waters, Meraloma Athletic Club (Vancouver, BC)
Canada’s Senior Women’s Schedule:
Canada 48 – 7 Ireland — Nov. 19 — UCD Bowl, Ireland
Canada vs. New Zealand — Nov. 23 — Donnybrook Stadium, Ireland
Canada vs. England — Nov. 26 — Twickenham, England