Canada Defeat USA 36-12: Sophie de Goede #8 with Four Tries: FULL MATCH VIDEO
from Rugby Canada
Canada was led by their captain Sophie de Goede, who scored four tries in the victory, while Madison Gold and Niahm Haughey also touched down for one. Tausani Levale added three conversions off the boot.
Canada will now have a short three-day turnaround before facing England on August 10th.
The entire game will be posted later tonight on Rugby Canada's Youtube page.
Tries: Sophie de Goede x4, Madison Gold, Niamh Haughey Conversion: Tausani Levale (x3)
from USA Rugby
WOLFVILLE, N.S. - The Women's Junior All-Americans have conceded their first match of the U20 Women's Tri-Nations Cup 36-12 to Canada's U20s. Despite a hard-fought effort, defensive miscues and challenges at the set piece proved costly, allowing the Canadians to run away with six tries en route to victory at Acadia University in Nova Scotia.
The beginning of the match was tightly-contested, however, with Head Coach James English noting his side's performance in the first half.
The United States brought defensive pressure early on, with two Canadian knock-ons providing the USA with opportunities. The All-Americans suffered a costly penalty of their own soon after, giving the Canadians a lineout dangerously close to the try line that saw their side move up 5-0 within the first 10 minutes.
Canadian mistakes ensued, with tackling penalties and more knock-ons giving the Women's Junior All-Americans a multitude of set pieces to capitalize on. Then, a rhythm of pick and go offloads across the USA forward pack allowed Alexandria Sedrick to dot down and tie it up, 5-5.
A penalty for not releasing gave possession back to Canada minutes later, where a lineout 10 meters from the try zone allowed Sophie de Goede to score her first of four for the opposition, 12-5. Goede followed with another try soon after, helping her side dominate the set piece action.
With the Canadians holding the better side of the 17-5 score, the United States was determined to make a showing before halftime. Finau Tamaivena made a huge break up the middle but a forward pass gave the ball right back to Canada. Another breakaway by McKenna Strong was turned over at the breakdown and the U.S. was unable to answer back before the half.
Canada's Madison Gold opened the second half with another try, bringing the score to 22-5 as tensions continued to rise. USA's Tiana A'au was sent to the sin bin shortly after, allowing the Canadians to dance away with a fourth try for Sophie Goede and a first for Tausani Levale to make it 36-5.
USA's Emily Henrich capped the high scoring affair with a try of her own, converted by Natalie Gray, to bring the All-Americans up 36-12, but a strong defensive front from Canada halted a comeback in the remaining minutes of the game.
A big offload from Finau Tamaivena to Mata Hingano allowed Hingano to make a convincing breakaway but Canada was relentless at winning the turnover. With moments left to go, the United States took one last lineout just outside their attacking 22 but were unable to do anything with it. Time expired and the Canadians had clinched the 36-12 win in Nova Scotia.
Though it was a difficult first match for the Women's Junior All-Americans, strengths in the first half -- and towards the final moments of the game -- showed the squad's capability of challenging their opposition. With a week to rest, recover and train, the United States has every intention of bringing a strong fight to England's U20s next week in their second and final game of the U20 Women's Tri-Nations Cup.
The match will kickoff on Tuesday, August 14 at 5:30 PM ET with updates available by following @USARugby on Twitter.
Canada U20 Women vs USA on Aug 7th and vs England on Aug 10th: Live Streamed
from Rugby Canada
WOLFVILLE, NOVA SCOTIA (August 6, 2018) – Canada Under-20 head coach Jack Hanratty has named his starting roster to open the Tri-Nations Cup against USA U-20 on Tuesday afternoon.
"We have had a couple of great days together as a group, the energy is high and the players are eager to see our efforts translate to the field against the US," said Hanratty from Acadia University.
Canada will be captained by Victoria, BC’s Sophie de Goede.
Aug. 7th - Canada vs USA, Acadia University @ 6:30pm local time (5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT) Aug. 10th - Canada vs England, Acadia University @ 6:30pm local time (5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT) Aug. 14th - USA vs England, Acadia University @ 6:30pm local time (5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT) Aug. 18th - Canada v England, Wanderers Grounds, Halifax @ 4:00pm local time (3pm ET/12pm PT)
Canada Under-20 Staff:
Jack Hanratty, Head Coach Kelly Russell, Assistant Coach John Lavery, Assistant Coach Jocelyn Barrieau, Assistant Coach Jeremy Steinbach, Strength and conditioning Coach Tom Mcleod, Video analyst Danielle McNally, Physiotherapist Sarah MacNeil, Manager
from USA Rugby
CHULA VISTA, CA. - Women's Junior All-Americans' (U20s) Head Coach James English has selected 25 athletes for the upcoming U20 Women's Tri-Nations Cup beginning next week. Facing rival-Canada's U20s on August 7th and England's U20s on August 14th at Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., English will have the support of new Women's National Team Head Coach Rob Cain throughout the tournament. The entire tournament can be streamed live here with updates available by following @USARugby on Twitter.
"This should be a great learning experience for the players. There is a really nice blend of experience in the squad, for some this will be their first taste of international rugby," says Head Coach English. "On the other hand, we want to see the more experienced players really step up and lead. The tour will be a great opportunity to benchmark as this group looks towards 2020 and beyond."
Of the 25 women's athletes traveling to Nova Scotia, four currently compete for high school clubs, five come from Lindenwood University -- recent National Champions in both fifteens and sevens -- while three play senior club rugby across the U.S.
The team also includes significant experience from Women's National Team players Kayla Canett and Mata Hingano. Canett joined the Women's National Team for their fourth-place finish at the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2017; also making four tournament appearances in the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series. Hingano owns two appearances in the aforementioned Women's Sevens Series, as well.
The U20 Women's Tri-Nations Cup begins August 7th with the Women's Junior All-Americans (WJAAs) facing rival-Canada's U20s. The following week, the WJAAs will play England's U20s in their final match on August 14th, both taking place at Acadia University. Updates will be available by following @USARugby on Twitter.
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WOMEN'S JUNIOR ALL-AMERICANS TRI-NATIONS CUP ROSTER
Player Name Position Player School/Club
A'au, Suiluana Center Central Washington University A'au, Tiana Prop Central Washington University A'au, Tiara Prop Central Washington University Arena, Destiny Hooker Lindenwood University Bargell, Cassidy Wing Summit Rugby (HS) Canett, Kayla Flyhalf Penn State University Cervinski, Sydnee Fullback Life University Freeman, Morgan Flanker Ft. Miami Rugby Fromstein, Elisha Hooker Penn State University Gray, Natalie Lock Lindenwood University Haungatau, Fane "Eti" Prop SacPAL Rugby (HS) Henrich, Emily Center Orchard Park Rugby (HS) Hingano, Mata Center Utah Valley University Jones, Tori Prop University of Notre Dame Manu, Isabel Prop Lindenwood University Matina, Aniya Flanker Provo Steelers (HS) Ortiz, Olivia Scrumhalf Davenport University Pasioles, Mary Jane Scrumhalf Central Washington University Sedrick, Alexandria Wing Life University Strong, Mckenna Lock Lindenwood University Tamaivena, Adi Finau No. 8 Seattle Saracens Thunen, Lauren Flanker University of California Santa Barbara Tuilaepa, Penina Prop Lindenwood University Wilson, Elizabeth Flanker Northern Virginia Rugby (NOVA) Tancredi, Samantha Lock North Bay Rugby (HS)
WOMEN'S JUNIOR ALL-AMERICANS U20 TRI-NATIONS CUP STAFF
WJAA Head Coach - James English Coach - Rob Cain (Head Coach of Women's 15s National Team) Coach - Kate Daley Strength & Conditioning Coach - Ian Jones Athletic Trainer - Katherine Henry Team Manager - Kirstin Maurer Pathway Manager - Anna Kunkel
WOMEN'S JUNIOR ALL-AMERICANS U20 TRI-NATIONS CUP SCHEDULE vs Canada U20s Tue, August 7 - 7:30 PM ET Acadia University
vs England U20s Tue, August 14 - 7:30 PM ET Acadia University