Canadian women open Rugby World Cup with statement win over Japan


Canada ran in seven tries to open its Women’s Rugby World Cup marketing campaign with a cushty 41-5 win over Japan on Saturday, reeling off 36 straight factors to snap an early 5-5 tie at Northland Events Centre in Whangarei, New Zealand.

The larger Canadian forwards had the benefit within the scrum and lineout, used the driving maul to achieve metres at will and pressured the Japanese on the breakdown. The Canadian backs, in the meantime, kicked successfully for territory.

But coach Kevin Rouet will little doubt need his crew to eradicate errors that stymied different assaults, particularly within the second half. Canada was responsible of 16 dealing with errors and 17 turnovers, in comparison with 9 and eight, respectively, for Japan.

“It was not a reasonably recreation,” stated the French-born coach, who now calls Quebec City residence. “We did the sport plan at first. After that I believe we might have carried out a greater job. But it is a win.”

Hooker Emily Tuttosi scored three tries, scrum half Brianna Miller had a pair and Paige Ferries and Mikiela Nelson added single tries for third-ranked Canada. Captain Sophie de Goede kicked two conversions whereas Miller booted one.

Canada earned a bonus level inside the first half-hour of the match in scoring its fourth try to led 27-5 on the half.

“It was recreation for us. We began robust, started working some kinks out,” stated de Goede, whose mom and father each captained Canada. “I nonetheless suppose we have now a stronger efficiency in us. I believe we’ll preserve constructing from this. But huge credit score to Japan. I believed they performed as anticipated. Very well-disciplined. Good construction.”

Maki Takano scored the lone strive for No. 13 Japan, whose coach is former Canadian worldwide Lesley McKenzie.

“I’m really actually glad with numerous the issues that we did within the recreation,” stated McKenzie. “We wished to be bodily. They’re a bodily crew and we wished to fulfill that and present that we’re a special crew than (the one which ) got here in 2017 (and completed eleventh).”

The recreation kicked off at 10:15 p.m. ET Saturday (3:15 p.m. Sunday, New Zealand time).

The Canadians now head to Auckland the place there play No. 5 Italy subsequent Saturday (Sunday, New Zealand time) and the No. 6 United States on Oct. 22 (Oct. 23, New Zealand time), each at Waitakere Stadium.

Italy defeated the U.S. 22-10 on Saturday within the different Pool B match in Whangarei, pulling away within the second half after holding a slender 7-5 lead on the break. While the four-try efficiency earned the Italians a bonus level, Canada stands first within the pool on factors differential.

Canada beat Italy 34-24 when the 2 met in July in Langford, B.C.

Rouet needed to make a late lineup change earlier than kickoff with Julia Schell changing the injured Taylor Perry at fly half. Anais Holly joined the replacements on the bench. Schell earned her fifth cap for Canada.

Canadian starters Tyson Beukeboom, Karen Paquin and Elissa Alarie are showing of their third World Cup.

The Canadians went forward early when Sara Kaljuvee blocked Komachi Imakugi’s tried clearing kick deep within the Japanese finish, with Farries touching down for the primary try to a 5-0 lead.

Japan answered shortly with Takano crashing over the road within the fifth minute. But it was Canada the remainder of the way in which.

Taking benefit of a pair of penalties to Japan, the Canadians scored off a driving maul from a lineout with Tuttosi touching the ball down within the 14th minute as rain started to fall. The conversion gave Canada a 12-5 lead.

Miller stored the scoreboard turning within the twenty fourth minute, slicing by way of the Japanese defence to extend the margin to 17-5. Tuttosi scored once more within the twenty ninth minute from the again of the maul off a lineout after one other penalty allowed the Canadians to kick deep into Japan territory.

Miller scored her second strive within the thirty fifth minute, beating a defender after one other driving maul by the Canadian forwards neared the Japan try-line for a 27-5 lead.

Japan confirmed some spectacular objective line defence early within the second half because the Canadians laid siege to its try-line. But the onslaught continued and Tuttosi bulled her method over within the fiftieth minute. The Canada forwards stored pounding away with Nelson crashing over within the 66th minute.

Japan stored operating however was unable to dent the Canadian defence. Irish referee Joy Neville warned the under-pressure Japanese in every half for taking too many penalties.

While second-ranked New Zealand is the defending champion, England is the heavy event favorite. The top-ranked Red Roses ran in 14 tries Saturday in thumping No. 21 Fiji 84-19 to increase their win streak to 26 matches courting again to July 2019.

Canada has certified for all 9 World Cups, ending runner-up to England in 2014. The Canadian women, who got here into Saturday’s recreation with a profession file of 21-16-2 on the event, have positioned fourth 3 times, in 1998, 2002 and 2006.

Canada was fifth on the 2017 World Cup whereas Japan was eleventh. Japan’s finest end on the event was eighth in 1994.

Canada beat Japan 57-0 of their solely different assembly, on the 1994 World Cup in Scotland.

This event was initially scheduled to kick off final September however was postponed because of the pandemic.


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