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Biarritz Sevens Update: Canada Qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, win Bronze medal

Rugby 7s Senior Women

Canada end the 2018-19 HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series with a bronze medal and Olympic Qualification in Biarritz, France.

Canada vs. Spain

Canada went up quick in the opening match of the Biarritz Sevens with the ball working its way out to Captain Ghislaine Landry on the wing for the score. Following her up was fellow veterans Britt Benn and Bianca Farella, both scoring first half tries to put Canada up 17-0 at the break. Spain came back with a vengeance in the second half but a disciplined effort from Canada saw Breanne Nicholas crossing the whitewash to secure the victory for Canada, 22-19. 

Canada vs. Ireland

A pointed victory for Canada, they came back from a 10-point deficit to take game two 27-10 and secure their spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

Bianca Farella helped start off the comeback for Canada, drawing the defenders before popping the ball off to Kaili Lukan for the try. Farella took charge, scoring back-to-back tries to put Canada in the lead. Lukan showed her dominance on both ends of the pitch, notching another Canadian try before making a huge try-saving tackle that resulted in a Britt Benn score.

With the win Canada earned enough points to secure their top-four ranking and punch their ticket to Tokyo 2020.

Canada vs. Australia

Canada open up the scoring in familiar fashion with Farella slicing through defenders to dot down under the post and Landry adding the kick. The physical match up saw Australia smash their way through to put them ahead at the half. Charity Williams showed her trademark wheels, burning around the outside for Canada's final score of the match with Landry's second convert of the game added on. Australia's four second half tries proved too much for Canada and they took it 27-14. 

Canada vs. France

Canada pulled out a scrappy win against hosts France, taking the cup quarterfinal 12-5. Caroline Crossley scored her first try of the tournament to get things going for Canada. Farella followed that up with a score of her own, her 33rd try of the 2018-19 season. France fought back in the final minute of play, getting the try and opting out of the convert for time. Too much heat on the restart saw the ball kicked in to touch and that would call the game for Canada. 

Canada vs. New Zealand

After two Black Ferns tries Canada got on the board just before the end of the half. Moving the ball out quickly from the ruck to Karen Paquin who powered through for the try. Charity Williams chipped away at New Zealand's lead late in the second, turning on the after burners to dot down in the corner. Landry ended the match with one convert but the series champions New Zealand took the game 21-12.

Canada vs. Spain

The try-scoring machine Bianca Farella notched her 34th of the season to start the scoring off in the bronze medal game. Britt Benn then got on her horse, exploiting the gap for a huge try. Spain came back with two tries to even things up but a nail bitter ending saw Breanne Nicholas block a kick from Spain in the final minutes. Charity Williams picked it up and gassed it all the way down for the final try.

With the convert by Nicholas, Canada won the bronze medal match 19-14. 

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Biarritz marked the final stop on the 2018-19 HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series with Canada finishing third in the rankings behind New Zealand and USA. On top of punching their ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games, Canada have won two bronze medals, a silver, and a gold throughout the six stops on the series. Bianca Farella finished the series second in most tries scored with 32. She also finished fourth in most points scored with 170, behind Captain Ghislaine Landry in second with 202. 

 

Canada's Roster

1. Britt Benn, Guelph Redcoats (Napanee, ON)

2. Emma Chown, Aurora Barbarians (Barrie, ON)

3. Caroline Crossley, Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)

4. Bianca Farella, Town of Mount Royal RCF (Montreal, QC)

5. Julia Greenshields, Sarnia Saints (Sarnia, ON)

6. Sara Kaljuvee, Toronto Scottish (Ajax, ON)

7. Ghislaine Landry, Toronto Scottish (Toronto, ON)

8. Kaili Lukan, Unattached (Barrie, ON)

9. Kayla Moleschi, Williams Lake Rustlers (Williams Lake, BC)

10. Breanne Nicholas, London St. Georges RFC (Blenheim, ON)

11. Karen Paquin, Castaway Wanderers / CRQ (Quebec City, QC)

12. Keyara Wardley, Okotoks Lions (Vulcan, AB)

13. Charity Williams, Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)

 

Canada’s Biarritz Sevens Schedule (June 15):

Canada 22-19 Spain

Canada 27-10 Ireland

Canada 27-14  Australia

Cup QF

Canada 12-5 France

Cup Semifinal 

Canada 12-21 New Zealand

Bronze Medal

Canada 19-14 Spain