Podium Finish For Women's Sevens: Bronze in Paris

June 11, 2018

Canada's Women’s Sevens Team defeated hosts, France in their final match to secure a podium finish at the HSBC Paris Sevens.

Day 1:
Canada 31-5 Russia:
Canada's Women's Sevens Team were in the mood for scoring on Friday, as they ran in five tries to claim a convincing win over a strong Russian team. Caroline Crossley was first to cross the white-wash for Canada in Paris after a string of phases were put together. Captain, Ghislaine Landry extended Canada's lead with a try on the stroke of halftime to give Canada a 12-point advantage at the break.
The second-half continued in similar fashion to the first, as Kayla Moleschi ran a beautiful line to dot down under the sticks. Russia managed to score their only try of the game midway through the second-half, but a second try from Ghislaine Landry and a late score from Britt Benn sealed the deal for Canada.
Full-time: Canada 31-5 Russia
Tries - Crossley, Landry (2), Moleschi, Benn
Conversions - Landry (3)
Canada 21-12 Fiji:
Canada claimed another good victory in pool B against a tough Fiji side. Bianca Farella was the star of the show once again, as the powerful runner crossed the line on two occasions to give Canada a 14-7 advantage at the break.

Breanne Nicholas scored the crucial opening try in the second-half to extend Canada's lead to 21-7. Ghislaine Landry adding all three conversions to take the game out of reach for Fiji. The Islanders did manage a late consolation but it wasn't to be, as Canada walked away with their second win of the day.
Full-time: Canada 21-12 Fiji
Tries - Farella (2), Nicholas,
Conversions - Landry (3)
Canada 14-31 Australia:
Australia showed exactly why they are ranked number one on the HSBC Women's World Rugby rankings, as they ran in five tries to Canada's two to top pool B. Emma Sykes and Emma Tonegato scored two tries each, while at Dom du Toit closed out the game for Australia.
Canada did not go down without a fight and managed to score two tries of their own in the second-half through a fabulous Sara Kaljuvee solo effort and a trademark Charity Williams try. Canada will take lots of positives from their performance and head coach, John Tait will be confident that his team can progress in the cup quarterfinals.
Full-time: Canada 14-31 Australia.
Day 2:
Cup Quarterfinals:

Canada 26-24 USA:
A nail-biting encounter between two evenly matched sides, a Landry conversion the difference at the end of the day. An end-to-end game from start to finish with both teams exchanging tries throughout. After USA opened the scoring, captain fantastic, Ghislaine Landry sliced the defence to score under the sticks. Charity Williams looked to have given Canada the lead at the break. However, USA had the final say, as they managed to create one more opportunity and score with time all but finished on the clock. HT: 12-14.
The second-half continued in similar fashion. Britt Benn got Canada off to a great start, running a perfect line to score her 49th try on the World Series. USA once again bounced back to level the scores at 19-19 with two minutes remaining. Bianca Farella then did what we have become accustomed to, a powerful run resulting in what looked to be the match winner. However, with time finished on the clock, USA managed another five-pointer to take them back within two points of Canada with only the conversion to come. The conversion sailed wide, as Canada sealed a dramatic win and a place in the final four.
Full-time: Canada 26-24 USA

Tries - Landry, Williams, Benn, Farella
Conversions - Landry (3)
Cup Semi-finals:
Canada 7-34 New Zealand:
The Black Ferns showed their class, as they dashed Canada's hopes of reaching the finals and playing for the gold medal in Paris.
Canada's Bianca Farella hit a major milestone when she crossed for her 100th try on the Women's World Series. Unfortunately, Canada's only try on the night. However, Canada will be happy with the way they've played leading up to the semi-finals and the players will take a lot of confidence from a potential bronze medal win against France tomorrow.

Full-time: Canada 7-34 New Zealand
Day 3 (Bronze medal match)
Canada 17-10 France
Tries - Landry, Williams, Farella
Conversions - Landry (1)

Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team for Paris Sevens:

1. Olivia Apps – Lindsay RFC (Lindsay, ON)
2. Britt Benn – Guelph Redcoats (Napanee, ON)
3. Pam Buisa – Ottawa Irish (Gatineau, QC)
4. Caroline Crossley – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
5. Hannah Darling – Peterborough Pagans (Warsaw, ON)
6. Bianca Farella – Town of Mount Royal RFC (Montreal, QC)
7. Sara Kaljuvee – Toronto Scottish (Ajax, ON)
8. Ghislaine Landry – Toronto Scottish (Toronto, ON)
9. Kayla Moleschi – Williams Lake Rustlers (Williams Lake, BC)
10. Breanne Nicholas – London St. Georges RFC (Blenheim, ON)
11. Natasha Watcham-Roy – Hull Volant (Gatineau, QC)
12. Charity Williams – Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)

Julia Greenshields