Canada women have secured their seed to the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens with their 46-0 over Trinidad & Tobago in the final. If you’re expecting a story about overwhelming control, then you’ll hear it – eventually.
The beginning of the game did not aptly represent the best of Canada. On three successive occasions, a Canadian attack was pre-emptively halted when a knock-on or forward pass gave the ball back to T&T. After several minutes, captain Jenn Kish put the team in the right direction, sprinting out of a spinning scrum with ball in hand for the try, 5-0.
Still, there were some hiccups for Canada. Had Arielle Dubissette-Borrice wait one more second on the grubbered kickoff, then the ball would have been Canada’s. Instead, T&T tapped through the 50 meter and sent a hard-charging ballcarrier deep into Canada’s end. However, she went into contact alone and was penalized for not releasing. Canada answered with an identical, hard-charging run. Canada moved the ball away from the breakdown too quickly, and the home side found enough room out wide to send Julianne Zussman into the try zone after seven minutes, 10-0.
The try that signaled that Canada was back in the zone occurred seconds later. Magali Harvey sent a deep kick on the restart, and as T&T watched the ball sail over their heads, Kish timed her run perfectly to catch it on the bounce and score easily, 15-0.
Some theatrics were involved in the final try of the half, as a very-not-straight lineout gave Canada advantage. Kish cleaned it up and Julia Greenshields took it just short of the tryline. She should have passed to the two teammates outside her, but T&T sent all its forces into the ruck, leaving Dubissette-Borrice alone on the wing. The ball catapulted out of the breakdown, leaving the wing with one option: catching the ball in mid-air and simultaneously diving over the tryline.
That first half out of the way, Canada picked it up for another 26 points in the final 10 minutes. Harvey legged out a try after Kish dug and fought through a ruck to shovel the pass out to support. Bianca Farella put away a five-pointer with pure pace down the sideline; Kayla Moleschi earned a try after quick support on consecutive rucks; and Kish finished off the scoring frenzy by dancing around defenders.
Even though Canada put another big score on the board, Trinidad & Tobago played commendably. They weren’t scared of contact – in fact, they were a little too fond of it – but they gave it a go. They bounced off some tackles and had a finisher with Farella speed, but just didn’t have the grace under pressure like Canada.