Original Article – Bryan Kelly, Rugby Canada
Glendale, CO – October 21, 2018: Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team started their Tokyo 2020 qualifying season on the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series with a podium performance in Glendale, Colorado. The side went undefeated on the first day of competition to top their pool. A confident Quqrter-Final victory against Russia led to a Semi-Final clash with New Zealand. Despite a strong performance from Canada, it was New Zealand who came out the victors and progressed to the final. Meeting France for the second time in the competition in the Bronze Medal match, Canada showed absolute confidence and control from start to finish, securing the medal with a 28-0 scoreline.
Canada 26 – 7 Fiji
Caroline Crossley scored the opening try of the season for Canada as her side cruised to a 26-7 victory over Fiji to open day one. Julia Greenshields and Charity Williams – celebrating her 22nd birthday – also dotted down for tries, while Captain Ghislaine Landry added one score and three conversions in the win. With the 11 points Landry now sits only five points shy of becoming the first female to record 1000 on the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series.
Canada 24 – 12 Ireland
Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team moved to 2-0 with a 24-12 win over Ireland in their second game of the day. Bianca Farella, Kaili Lukan, Julia Greenshields and Breanne Nicholas each scored tries, while Landry added four points off the boot to bring her running total to 999 points all-time. Lucy Mulhall and Stacey Flood with Ireland’s tries
Canada 24 – 10 France
Coach John Tait’s side closed out day one with a clinical 24-10 victory over France. Brittany Benn, Caroline Crossley, Bianca Farella and captain Ghislaine Landry each scored tries, while Landry made history by becoming the first-ever female player to record 1,000 points on the World Series.
Cup QF – Canada 21 – 17 Russia
Charity Williams scored two tries as Canada defeated Russia 21-17 to open day two in Glendale. Captain Landry also added one try and three conversions in the victory. The win sees Canada into the semi-finals against New Zealand at 4:20pm ET/1:20pm PT.
Cup SF – Canada 19 – 28 New Zealand
Fans at Infinity Park in Glendale were treated to one of the games of the weekend in the first semi-final as both New Zealand and Canada showed their true class. Portia Woodman scored two tries while Shakira Baker and Sarah Goss each added one, while Canada’s were scored by Farella, Greenshields and Benn. Canada will now face the loser of USA and France in the Bronze Medal match at 7:04pm ET/4:04pm PT
Bronze Medal – Canada 28 – 0 France
Canada ended the weekend with an emphatic 28-0 win over France to land on the podium in the first of six World Series stops this season. Bianca Farella opened the scoring with two first half tries, while Charity Williams and Kaili Lukan each added one.
CBC Sports – Canada’s Olympic Broadcast station – will be live streaming the entire men’s and women’s 2018-19 season at www.cbcsports.ca with select coverage provided on television.