Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Women Post 3 Straight Shutouts on Day 1 of Canada Sevens Rugby Tourney

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Women Post 3 Straight Shutouts on Day 1 of Canada Sevens Rugby Tourney

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Home team pitches shutout at Canada Sevens

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LANGFORD, B.C. - Canada pitched a shutout Saturday at the Canada Sevens women's rugby tournament, blanking all three opponents to win its pool in convincing fashion.

The Canadians, third in the overall World Series standings, opened with an easy 38-0 win over No. 10 Japan before comfortably dispatching No. 12 Ireland 26-0. The money match was a 5-0 decision over No. 4 England thanks to a try by Bianca Farella -- her fourth of the day.

While Canada made mistakes, the home side showcased a solid defence while using its speed on attack en route to the wins.

Australia and New Zealand, No. 1 and 2 in the standings, also went 3-0 Saturday to win their pools.

Canada will face No. 5 France in the Cup quarter-finals Sunday. The other Cup matchups are Australia versus Spain, U.S. vs. England and New Zealand versus Russia.

The Canadians went unbeaten on Day 1 of last year's tournament, only to stumble against England in the Cup quarter-final and finish sixth.

Asked why that won't happen again, Canadian coach John Tait replied: "It will be different this year because of last year."

Still the Canadian women enjoyed the moment after dispatching England, which had won its two previous matches. They headed to the stands at Westhills Stadium to greet family, friends and fans.

Captain Jen Kish, who missed last year's tournament through injury, savoured leading her team out to the sounds of "Hey Brother" by Avicii.

"There's a lot of energy and emotions when you go out there and you're running with your teammates and playing the game you love," she said. "I'm honoured to be able to be a part of it this year and I hope to be a part of it for years to come."

Canada is now 2-0 all-time against Japan and 5-0 against Ireland on the World Series. The victory over England, the first in three tries this season, evened their series ledger at 8-8.

The Australians won the three previous stops in Dubai, Sao Paulo and Atlanta, compiling a 17-1 record en route. …

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