The Canadian Women’s Rugby national team has been doing great at the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup. They were off to a dominant start against Hong Kong, securing an easy 98 – 0 score. This was followed by another 15 – 0 win against Wales.
Had it not been for their 48 – 5 loss to New Zealand, this would have been their second straight World Cup medal.
Fifth Position Leaders
The Canadians stayed ahead throughout the game with Latoya Blackwood being named ‘Player of the Match’. Blackwood was beneficial to Elissa Alarie’s second try, tackling everyone in her way to set it up.
Brianna Miller scored a try and had five conversions. Barbara Mervin, on the other hand, made personal history scoring her first World Cup try. This was followed by tries from Cindy Nelles, Karen Paquin and Jacey Grusnick. Overall, great teamwork from the Canadian ladies.
What the Captain Had to Say
“This is a strong group of women and I’m lucky to be surrounded by them.” Said the national team’s captain, Kelley Russell.
The team finished as runners-up to the English team in the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup. This left them ranking third in the world.
“I’m really proud of the way the Canadian players rallied together after a bit of disappointment earlier this week. The girls executed great today and our handling and ball security was much better.”
What’s Next for the Ladies in Fifth Position?
The Canadian Women’s Rugby Team will be battling it out with the Australian Wallaroos on the 26th of August 2017. The Wallaroos are strong opponents in their own right. On the 17th of August 2017, their neighbours, New Zealand, did beat the Canadian ladies with a clean 48 – 5 score. The Wallaroos are known to be just as strong. We’re expecting an intense, yet exciting game this Saturday.