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Undefeated day one sees Canada into HSBC USA Sevens Cup quarter finals

Caroline Crossley

Bryan Kelly, Rugby Canada

Canada is off to a flying start at the HSBC USA Sevens in Las Vegas after going 3-0 on Day 1 at Sam Boyd Stadium.Canada, who are looking for its second straight cup title after victory in Sydney last month, defeated Russia, Argentina and France in a dominating first day.

John Tait's side will play its cup quarterfinal at 11:44am ET/8:44am PT Saturday morning.

What head coach John Tait said:

"The French game was a really good battle there at the end. You need that on Day 1 to get ready for Day 2. The first two games we got up early so didn't really feel it until the third game. We need to be a little bit more accurate with our passing. On a narrow pitch like that, you’ve got to have your depth and be tighter otherwise you'll run into the sidelines. We've had a day on it now so hopefully be able to make the adjustments tomorrow."


Britt Benn had a hat-trick while Ghislaine Landry scored twice as Canada rolled to victory in their opening game in Las Vegas. It was Kayla Moleschi who got Canada on the board less than a minute in before Benn and then Landry quickly extended Canada's lead to 17-0 only four minutes in.

Benn got her second try of the game just before the break before Elena Zdrokoa got Russia's lone try to cut the deficit to 22-7 at the break. Canada didn't take their foot off the gas in the second half as Landry, through her now world famous chip and chase, and Benn sealed a comfortable 34-7 win for Canada.


Canada got a hat-trick from Bianca Farella as they cruised to victory over Argentina. Natasha Watcham-Roy got Canada rolling inside a minute before Breanne Nicholas and Farella extended the lead to 21-7 at the break.

Charity Williams added a fourth try for Canada before Farella scored twice in the final few minutes to secure a comfortable 38-7 win.

Sarah Kaljuvee


Canada made it a perfect first day after a comfortable win over France. Tries Hannah Darling and Ghislaine Landry gave Canada a 14-7 lead at the break with Fanny Horta grabbing France's lone try.

Kayla Moleschi had the only score of the second half as Canada cruised to a 21-7 victory.

Canada’s HSBC USA Sevens Roster (Name, club, hometown):

Britt Benn – Guelph Redcoats (Napanee, ON)

Caroline Crossley – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)

Hannah Darling – Peterborough Pagans (Warsaw, ON)

Bianca Farella – Town of Mont Royal (Montreal, QC)

Sara Kaljuvee – Toronto Scottish (Ajax, ON)

Jen Kish – Edmonton Rockers (Edmonton, AB)

Ghislaine Landry (captain) – Toronto Scottish (Toronto, ON)

Megan Lukan – Unattached (Barrie, ON)

Kayla Moleschi - Williams Lake Rustlers (Williams Lake, BC)

Breanne Nicholas – London St. Georges (Blenheim, ON)

Natasha Watcham-Roy – Hull Volant (Gatineau, QC)

Charity Williams – Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)

Coaching Staff:

Meaghan Howat – Manager

John Tait – Head Coach

Sandro Fiorino – Assistant Coach

Morgan Williams – Assistant Coach

Canada's Las Vegas Sevens Day 1 Schedule (Friday, March 3rd):

Canada 34-7 Russia

Canada 38-7 Argentina

Canada 21-7 France

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