July 6, 2016
Canada Maple Leafs Beat USA Collegiate All-Americans in First Match of Series
The Canadian Maple Leafs emerged with a 15-10 win over the USA Rugby Women’s AIG Collegiate All-Americans yesterday on the strength of three first half tries. They will meet again on July 9th at 11am MT at Salt Lake City, Utah.
The USA Collegiate All-Americans took an early 3-0 lead in the 19th minute on a Tess Feury penalty kick.
Canada then gained momentum in in putting over three unanswered tried prior to halftime. Julia Goss had the first at the 30th minute, as the Maple Leafs moved the ball wide. In the 38th minute, Elysa Sandron found a gap for a try. Finally, an offload by maple Leaf captain Lori Josephson sprung Alanna Fittes for the third try prior to halftime. Fittes was not successful on the conversions.
At halftime Canada held a 15-3 lead, but forward passes prevented two other tries.
During the second half, the USA narrowed the gap with a Kaitlyn Broughton try at the 75th minute with Feury adding the conversion. That would be the last score of the match, as Canada held on for a 15-10 win over the All-Americans.
USA Collegiate All-Americans: 1. Rebekah Hebdon 2. Bridget Kahele 3. Azniv Nalbandian 4. Haley Schafer 5. Jennifer Johnson (C) 6. Yeja Dunn 7. Frieda Fetu’u 8. Ilona Maher 9. Kat Ramage 10. Gabby Cantorna 11. Francesca Sands 12. McKenzie Hawkins 13. Sarah Buonpane 14. Uzo Okoro 15. Tess Feury 16. Nicole Benedetti 17. Danielle Ordway 18. Kaityln Broughton 19. Megan Ro 20. Jessica Lewis 21. Bailey Johnson 22. Taylah Pipkin 23. Lanoira Duhart 24. Katie Loughran 25. Elizabeth Rose 26. Ally Day
Coaching Staff: Sue Whitwell – Head Coach, Melanie Denham – Assistant Coach, James English – Assistant Coach, Lance Pruett – Manager
Canada Maple Leafs:1. Colleen Irowa 2. Kathleen Keller 3. Chelsey Minter 4. Emma Taylor 5. Camile Provençal-Aube 6. Katie Svoboda 7. Sara Svoboda 8. Daria Keane 9. Lori Josephson, captain 10. Mackenzie Higgs 11. Elysa Sandron 12. Julia Goss 13. Amanda Williams 14. Natasha Smith 15. Alanna Fittes 16. Simone Savory 17. Megan Copeland 18. Brittany Kassil 19. Gillian Boag 20. Ngalula Fuamba 21. Gabrielle Senft 22. Justine Pelletier 23. Jess Neilson 24. Lisa Gauthier 25. Petra Woods 26. Gillian Allen
Maple Leafs Coaching Staff: Dan Valley- Rugby Canada Development Coach, Amy Stefaniuk- Therapist, Megan Lowry- Tour Manager
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