Bryan Kelly, Rugby Canada
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.”
CANADA 34-7 RUSSIA
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 38-7 ARGENTINA
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.
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)
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