Original Article: Bernadette Larose, Rugby Canada
Sydney, AUS – February 4, 2019: The Canadian Women’s Sevens Team had to work hard and battle back from a difficult first day at the HSBC Sydney Sevens. Narrowly losing out to both Ireland and Russia in tricky, wet conditions, the team fought to rescue valuable points from the third stop on their tour. Grit and determination saw them battle past France to secure fifth at the end of the event. The team will now have an extended period to regroup, train and prepare for the fourth stop on their tour, Kitakyushu in Japan on April 20-21, followed up by the HSBC Langford Sevens on Vancouver Island on May 11-12.
If you missed any of the action from the HSBC Sydney Sevens, keep reading for the game-by-game summaries from Rugby Canada.
Tickets for this amazing rugby spectacle in Langford still remain, so make sure you’ve got yours – canadasevens.com/womens/tickets
Sydney Sevens – Day 1
Canada vs. Fiji
Canada come out on top in their first match against Fiji, winning 36-12.
Bianca Farella scored twice in the match, giving her 14 in the series so far. Julia Greenshields added on another and Ghislaine Landry gave Canada two more.
Britt Benn had two of her own tries as well, with Em Chown scoring the last try of the match for Canada. Landry and Breanne Nicholas were good on the conversions.
Canada vs. Ireland
Canada lose in an incredibly tight game to Ireland, 15-14.
The captain Ghislaine Landry started things off for Canada, scoring a try off the Canadian scrum. Then it was Breanne Nicholas off an inside ball from Britt Benn. Ireland scored twice before the half ended. With Landry’s two conversions Canada led 14-10 at the break.
Ireland fought their way back, scoring the final try of the match after much offensive pressure. A late drive from Canada was stopped short due to a penalty, leaving Ireland victorious 15-14.
Canada vs Russia
Canada get upset in their final match of day one, losing 12-7 to Russia.
Canada’s lone try was scored by Bianca Farella after an amazing effort by Charity Williams who chased down a bumbling ball and freed Farella for the long run into the Russian end. Landry added on the conversion.
Some uncharacteristic mistakes worked against the Canadian team and they were not able to fight their way back into the match.
Sydney Sevens – Day 2
Canada vs. New Zealand
Canada fall to New Zealand in the cup quarterfinals, 17-7. An all out battle, Canada played with excellent defense but the pressure and support play by New Zealand was too much to handle.
Canada’s captain Ghislaine Landry scored the lone try for Canada in the match after an expert play, chipping the ball forward and chasing it down, to start the offensive drive. She was then able to break the NZ line to score as well as adding on the conversion.
Canada vs. Russia- 5th place semifinals
Canada beat Russia 12-5 in the 5th place semifinals.
Some great ball movement to start things off as Caroline Crossley finds Ghislaine Landry who hits Bianca Farella and blazes past the Russia defense to score Canada’s first try. An offensive drive deep in the Russian end is capped off by Kaili Lukan who dots down for a try just before the break.
Disciplined play in the second half by Canada guided them to the victory over Russia 12-5.
Canada vs. France
Canada end Sydney in 5th place with a win against France, 19-17.
After a French try, Ghislaine Landry kicks a beautiful ball that is scooped up by Bianca Farella who touches it down for the try. France led Canada 12-7 at the break.
Landry notched her third try of the tournament, powering through with the score. But it was Farella who pushed Canada past France, digging deep to run in her second try of the match and winning it 19-17 at the last minute.