Canada routs Samoa at Women's Rugby World Cup

The Canadian Press
8/5/2014 4:52:16 PM
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MARCOUSSIS, France -- Canada remained undefeated at the 2014 IRB Women's Rugby World Cup after soundly defeating Samoa 42-7 on Tuesday.

Brittany Waters scored two of Canada's six tries from the backline. Mandy Marchak, Elissa Alarie, Stephanie Bernier and Andrea Burk had the others as Canada earned a bonus point in the standings by scoring at least four tries.

Magali Harvey, the leading scorer so far in France, converted five of the tries, with Burk capping the scoring by successfully converting her own.

"I'm happy about my performance today and scoring two tries, but my team's effort was what set the platform for them and I think the team effort is what's most important," Waters said.

"I think it's going to be a great game against England on Saturday. I think we improved on our first game and if we can continue to be strong in the breakdown against England we can be successful."

Canada improved to 2-0 and is tied with England for first place in Pool A with 10 points. England and Canada meet Saturday.

The three pool winners plus the top second-place team advance to the quarter-finals.

"We reached our goal of securing a bonus point against a very strong and physical Samoan team, and I'm proud of their effort and attitude today," said Canada coach Francois Ratier.

"Now we're going to de-brief from today's game and figure out exactly where we excelled and where we need to improve for our final pool game against England."

Marchak opened the scoring in the 11th minute, touching down for a try after a strong run through two defenders. Harvey added the conversion to put Canada up 7-0.

On the ensuing restart, a Samoan forward was shown a yellow card for an infringement in the ruck. Shortly after, Marchak made a break to get Canada inside Samoan territory and Canada eventually scored on Waters' first try of the game.

With Samoa back to a full strength, Canada continued to press on and were awarded with another try shortly after from fullback Alarie, who scooped up a loose ball and ran 30 metres over the try line. Harvey's third conversion of the game increased the lead to 21-0.

Alarie denied a late Samoan try with a tackle on the final play of the first half.

Canada struck again with a try early in the second half. Burk started the play off with a 60 metre run before being tackled and the ball found its way to Bernier, who finished off the score. Harvey's conversion put Canada up 28-0.

Samoa got on the board at the 54th minute mark when replacement Ginia Muavae broke through Canada's defence.

That's as close as the Samoans would come, as Canada scored two late tries from Waters and Burk at the 67th and 80th mark respectively to seal a 42-7 victory.

Bianca Farella (Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)


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