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Canada advances to final at Nations Cup U20 women's rugby

The Canadian Press

7/17/2013 10:18:32 PM

LONG EATON - Jess Neilson of North Vancouver, B.C., kicked for 12 points to help power Canada past South Africa 37-0 on Wednesday to advance to Sunday's final against the United States at the Nations Cup under-20 women's rugby tournament.

Canada led 13-0 at halftime after Neilson connected for a pair of penalty goals and converted a try by Paige Farries of Red Deer, Alta. She added two more conversions in the second half, when Canada blew the game open with tries from Lori Josephson of Beaverton, Ont., Fedelia Omaghan of Toronto, Frederique Rajotte of Markham, Ont., and Sarah Gordon of Surrey, B.C.

"We didn't have the start we wanted but I knew going in that the challenge was going to be there for us," said coach Sandro Fiorino. "We brought in some impact subs and they really made the difference. I think the fatigue factor for some of the players is kicking in after game three. (We showed) full composure and just (stuck) to the game plan."

Canada, which has a roster featuring 18 players from Canadian university teams, is 3-0.

The United States finished round-robin play at 2-1 after defeating England 27-17.