Canadian rugby 7s squads open World Cup qualifier with blowout victories, 5-0 record
Action resumes Sunday for 2 Canadian women matches, knockout, placement games
The Canadian men's and women's rugby sevens squads opened their quest to clinch a 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens berth with five resounding victories in five matches on Saturday in Nassau, Bahamas.
The women's team opened their competition at the Rugby Americas North (RAN) Sevens Qualifiers with a commanding 44-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago.
Olivia De Couvreur and Olivia Apps both scored two tries apiece, while Breanne Nicholas, Fancy Bermudez, and Chloe Daniels each tacked on a score of their own.
RAN Sevens Qualifiers Match #6 Result: <br><br>Canada 44-0 Trinidad & Tobago<br><br>Tries from De Couvreur (2), Apps (2), Bermudez, Nicholas and Daniels seal the win for Canada’s Senior Women’s Sevens team in their first match in Nassau against Trinidad & Tobago.<br><br>Next up, Mexico at 11:12 PT <a href="https://t.co/sORLtpQYO3">pic.twitter.com/sORLtpQYO3</a>—@RugbyCanada
The team then followed that up with a 45-0 trouncing of Mexico.
Florence Symonds, Krissy Scurfield, Bermudez, Bianca Farella, Keyara Wardley, Pamphinette Buisa, Elissa Alarie all scored tries of their own in the victory.
RAN Qualifiers | Match #14 Result: <br><br>Canada 45-0 Mexico<br><br>Canada continues to roll! 🍁 Tries from Symonds, Scurfield, Farella, Wardley, Bermudez, Alarie, Buisa with conversions from Nicholas send Canada’s Senior Women’s Sevens team to their second win of the day over Mexico. <a href="https://t.co/TpkPokEc8Y">pic.twitter.com/TpkPokEc8Y</a>—@RugbyCanada
Later, the Canadian women remained perfect in the tournament by downing Jamaica 66-0.
Alarie had four tries in the blowout victory. Buisa and Symonds had two of their own, while Wardley and Scurfield each added one for Canada. Daniels and Hogan Rochester posted conversions.
RAN Sevens Qualifiers | Match #20 Result: <br><br>Canada 66-0 Jamaica<br><br>Canada’s Senior Women’s Sevens team finishes Day 1 with a 3-0 record! Tries from Alarie (4), Wardley, Buisa (2), Symonds (2), Scurfield and conversions from Daniels, Hogan Rochester power the women to another win. <a href="https://t.co/QBHS5nwBqP">pic.twitter.com/QBHS5nwBqP</a>—@RugbyCanada
In the men's side, the Canadian team opened its slate of games with a commanding 36-0 win over the British Virgin Islands in Pool A action.
Matthew Oworu, Elias Ergas, Brock Webster, and D'Shawn Bowen all scored in the victory.
In their second match, the men's squad defeated Trinidad and Tobago 33-5.
Ergas, Anton Ngongo, Jarvis Dashkewytch, Lachlan Kratz, and Nick Allen all put tries on the board in the win.
RAN Sevens Qualifiers | Match #6 Result:<br><br>Canada 33-5 Trinidad & Tobago<br><br>Tries from Ergas, Ngongo, Dashkewytch, Kratz, Allen and conversions from Coats and Webster see Canada’s Senior Men’s Sevens team secure first position in Pool A.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RANSevens?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RANSevens</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/RugbyAmericasN?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RugbyAmericasN</a> <a href="https://t.co/MoSli4qK5O">pic.twitter.com/MoSli4qK5O</a>—@RugbyCanada
To secure a spot in the World Cup, scheduled for September in Cape Town, South Africa, the Canadians need to make it to the final in the 15-team men's tournament in Nassau.
On Sunday, Canada's women's team get back on the field at 10:50 a.m. ET to take on the Dominican Republic and at 2:30 p.m. ET vs. the Cayman Islands.
Knockout and placement games are scheduled for later Sunday.