Rugby

Canadian rugby 7s squads open World Cup qualifier with blowout victories, 5-0 record

Canadian men's and women's squads opened their quest to clinch a 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens berth at the Rugby Americas North (RAN) Sevens Qualifiers with resounding victories on Saturday in Nassau, Bahamas.

Action resumes Sunday for 2 Canadian women matches, knockout, placement games

Canada's men's and women's rugby sevens teams posted a combined 5-0 record to open the Rugby Americas North (RAN) Sevens Qualifiers in Nassau, Bahamas, on Saturday. (@RugbyCanada/Twitter)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Canadian women's team needs to finish first in their six-team tournament in order to secure its spot in Cape Town.

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.

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