BC Reps on tour with Canada: Hilary Leith, Kayla Moleschi, Brittany Waters, Andrea Burk
AMNEVILLE, FRANCE - Under soggy conditions in Amneville, Canada’s senior women's national 15s team defeated France 11-6 in the second match of their three-game November Tour. With the win, Canada split their two matches against France after losing 27-19 Saturday in Pontarlier.
After trailing early in their match Saturday, Head Coach Francois Ratier was looking for a stronger start from his squad.
Montreal’s Jackie Tittley, who was inserted into the starting lineup by head coach Francois Ratier, gave Canada an early 3-0 lead off a penalty kick.
After a French penalty kick tied the game at 3-3, Tittley booted in her second penalty of the opening 40 minutes, giving Canada a 6-3 lead at half.
Playing in front of an enthusiastic home crowd, the French struck first in the second half, a penalty kick just five minutes in tying the match at 6-6.
Ratier then went to his bench, inserting five substitutes over the course of 22 minutes. Olivia DeMerchant replaced Sammy Crandell at tighthead prop in the 52’. 13 minutes later it was a trio of substitutes as Kim Donaldson, Maria Samson and Latoya Blackwood replaced Mary Jane Kirby, Kayla Mack and Tyson Beukeboom respectively. Finally, in the 74’, Marie-Pier Pinault-Ried replaced Laura Russell in the front row.
Both teams continued a hard-fought second half in muddy conditions; however neither team could put points up on the board. That was until the final play of the match, when Julianne Zussman, who Ratier dressed on the wing in place of Magali Harvey, went from 50-metres out for the only try of the evening, giving Canada the 11-6 victory.
“We never stopped playing, we created a great volume of play and we were rewarded at the end after multiple phases of play,” said Ratier.
After being outmatched in the majority of the breakdowns Saturday in Pontarlier, Forwards Coach Gary Dukelow was very pleased with the improvement he saw from his players.
“We recognized from the first game that we had to win at the breakdown and we focused on that while preparing for this game,” said Dukelow. “To beat the French you must at least match them in the scrum and we dominated.”
While the win was of great importance to the women, the opportunity to represent Canada in France with Remembrance Day just a week away was something the Canadians took great pride in.
“We also reminded ourselves how lucky we are to be here in November and playing the sport we love while thinking of Canadians who sacrificed their lives fighting for our country,” said Manager, Meaghan Howat.
Canada will now travel to London where they will face England at the Twickenham Stoop. The match will be the third and final match of Canada’s three-match November Tour, their first international tour since 2009.
Canada’s Roster vs France November 5 - (Club) Hometown, Province
1. Laura Russell – (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
2. Mary Jane Kirby – (Highland RFC) Brampton, ON
3. Sammy Crandell – (Hornets RFC) Calgary, AB
4. Kayla Mack – (Wild Oats RFC) Saskatoon, SK
5. Tyson Beukeboom – (Aurora Barbarians) Uxbridge, Ontario
6. Karen Paquin – (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
7. Kelly Russell – (Capt) (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
8. Jacey Murphy – (Aurora Barbarians) Alliston, ON
9. Kayla Moleschi – (Williams Lake Rustlers) Williams Lake, BC
10. Jackie Tittley – (Montreal Barbarians RFC) Montreal, QC
11. Julianne Zussman – (Town of Mount Royal RFC) Montreal, QC
12. Amanda Thornborough - (Brandon Barbarians RFC) Brandon, MB
13. Brittany Waters – (Meraloma Athletic Club) Vancouver, BC
14. Bianca Farella – (Town of Mount Royal RFC) Montreal, QC
15. Ghislaine Landry – (Toronto Scottish RFC) Toronto, ON
16. Marie-Pier Pinault-Ried – (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
17. Olivia DeMerchant – (Woodstock Wildmen) Mapledale, NB
18. Kim Donaldson – (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club) Toronto, ON
19. Maria Samson – (Calgary Hornets) Calgary, AB
20. Latoya Blackwood – (St. Anne de Bellevue) Montreal, QC
21. Andrea Burk – (Capilano RFC) North Vancouver, BC
22. Magali Harvey – (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
23. Elissa Alarie – (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Rugby Club) Trois-Rivieres, QC
Brittany Benn – (Guelph Redcoats) Napanee, ON
Hilary Leith – (Saracens/Capilano RFC) British Columbia
Stephanie Bernier – (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec
Asya Bartley – (Barrhaven Scottish RFC) Ottawa, ON
Caitlin Beaton – (Fergus Highland RFC) Clavering, ON
Katie McNally – (Guelph Redcoats) Guelph, ON
Claragh Pegg – (Kingston Panthers RFC) Barrie, ON
Julia Sugawara – (Burnaby Lake) Surrey, BC
Unavailable for Selections:
Arielle Dubissette-Borrice – (Toronto Scottish) Toronto, ON
Cheryl Phillips – (Toronto Scottish RFC) Scarborough, ON
Ashley Steacy – (Lethbridge Rugby Club) Lethbridge, AB
Francois Ratier, Head Coach
Gary Dukelow, Forwards Coach
Colette McAuley, Backs Coach
John Tait, Technical Advisor
Adrienne Stinson, Physiotherapist
Steve MacKinnon, Strength and Conditioning Coach
Manager, Meaghan Howat
Canada vs. France
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Canada 19 – 27 France
Canada vs. France
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Canada 11 – 6 France
Canada vs. England
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The Twickenham Stoop, London, England
Canada’s Women’s Fifteens Team is proudly sponsored by Trafigura.