CANADA DROPS WOMEN'S RUGBY WORLD CUP FINAL IN PARIS TO ENGLAND
PARIS, FRANCE - Canada's historic run at the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup has come to an end following a 21–9 loss to England at Stade Jean Bouin tonight in downtown Paris to finish second in the World. Also making headlines, Canada winger Magali Harvey took home the 2014 IRB Women's Rugby Player of the Year honours after the game.
Despite the defeat, Canada will head home with their heads held high knowing they were the first team in Canadian rugby history to make a World Cup final. Canada controlled much of the possession in the opening 10 minutes, but it was England who scored the first points of the match as Emily Scarratt's penalty kick agve them a 3-0 lead.
After Scarratt notched her second kick of the match, England found an overlap out wide, using quick hands to get the ball outside where Danielle Waterman scored the first try of the match to give England an 11-0 lead. The score may have been more lopsided if not for two try-saving tackles from Canada's Karen Paquin.
Canada were rewarded with their hard play in the final seconds of the half as IRB Women's Player of the Year Magali Harvey split the posts on a penlaty kick to draw Canada within eight points at the break. Just four minutes into the second half, a penalty to England gave Harvey another chance to go for posts and once again her attempt was successful.
Harvey's third penalty kick of the match brought Canada to within two points as they entered the final quarter of the match. However, off the restart a penalty to Canada gave Scarratt another opportunity at posts and the tournament's top point scorer gave England a 14-9 lead.
While Canada held possession, they were unable to find a breakthrough in the English defence. Harvey, who has impressed throughout the tournament with her speed was unable to find any open space for much of the match.
With Canada pressing in the final minutes, Scarratt broke three Canadian tackles to seal the win with a converted try. Canada would finish the 12-team tournament in their best-ever second place.
Penalties: Magali Harvey x3
Penalties: Emily Scarratt x3
Tries: Danielle Waterman, Emily Scarratt
Conversions: Emily Scarratt
1. Marie-Pier Pinault-Reid, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
2. Kim Donaldson, (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club) Toronto, ON
3. Hilary Leith, (Capilano RFC) North Vancouver, BC
4. Latoya Blackwood, (St. Anne de Bellevue) Montreal, QC
5. Maria Samson, (Calgary Hornets) Calgary, AB
6. Jacey Murphy, (Aurora Barbarians) Alliston, ON
7. Karen Paquin, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
8. Kelly Russell, Captain (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
9. Elissa Alarie, (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Rugby Club) Trois-Rivieres, QC
10. Emily Belchos, (Markham Irish RFC) Barrie, ON
11. Jessica Dovanne, (Velox RFC) Victoria, BC
12. Andrea Burk, (Capilano RFC) North Vancouver, BC
13. Mandy Marchak, (Capilano RFC) Winnipeg, MB
14. Magali Harvey, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
15. Julianne Zussman, (Town of Mount Royal RFC) Montreal, QC
16. Laura Russell, (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
17. Olivia DeMerchant, (Woodstock Wildmen) Mapledale, NB
18. Mary-Jane Kirby, (Highland RFC) Brampton, ON
19. Tyson Beukeboom, (Aurora Barbarians) Uxbridge, ON
20. Kayla Mack, (Wild Oats RFC) Saskatoon, SK
21. Julia Sugawara, (Burnaby Lake RFC) Surrey, BC
22. Brittany Waters, (Meraloma Athletic Club) Vancouver, BC
Stephanie Bernier, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, Quebec – Injured
Brittany Benn, (Guelph Redcoats) Napanee, ON
Cindy Nelles, (Oakville Crusaders/McMaster University) Belleville, ON
Amanda Thornborough, (Brandon Barbarians RFC) Brandon, MB
Canada’s Women’s Team Staff:
Head Coach: Francois Ratier
Forwards Coach: Gary Dukelow
Backs Coach: Colette McAuley
Strength and Conditioning: Steve Mackinnon
Physiotherapist: Adrienne Stinson
Manager: Meaghan Howat
Analyst: James Kent
Media Manager: Bryan Kelly