Toronto, Canada - After the second round of the Women's Nations Cup, the USA find themselves still winless, having dropped tonight's match 35-17 to Canada. Canada wing Jen Burk had a good night, accounting for 15 points on a try and all five conversions.
Flanker Jen Kish was all over the field as well and ran in Canada's first two tries. Both of the five-pointers evolved from counterattacks, and Kish's workrate put the openside into great supporting position.
Both teams pressure each other's back three, kicking for territory often. The USA was able to build momentum off of one such clearance kick, eventually sending flanker Shaina Turley over the line. Pam Kosanke converted the score. The inside center pulled the halftime score to 14-10 after a long break from wing Vanesha McGee put the Eagles in scoring position.
At the half and into the third quarter, the teams were relatively even. Canada botched a couple of scoring opportunities but showcased their attacking potential out wide. The USA was difficult on the sideline as well, but the Canadian defense had adjusted well in the second stanza, while the Eagles continued to kick to eager, effective returners.
Close to the fourth quarter, the USA defense started to waiver, Canada took advantage and tacked on another three converted tries. Flyhalf Ghislaine Landry, who ignited the international 7s scene this year, helped create an overlap in the backline after an errant USA kick. She outraced two defenders en route to the try zone.
Canada's scrum was able to blow USA off the ball during the second half, and one such incident gave center Mandy Marchak the room to score. Burk followed shortly afterward and her fifth conversion gave Canada a 35-10 lead.
The USA didn't let up, and substitute Katie Dowty put five more points on the board after a kick return, and Kosanke's conversion marked the final points of the game, 35-17.
It certainly wasn't the match the Eagles were hoping for, especially after their inspiring performance on Tuesday, when the USA nearly beat England. The USA will now play South Africa for third place. Stay tuned for player/coach feedback.
Tries: Turley, Dowty
Conversions: Kosanke 2
Tries: Kish 2, Landry, Marchak, Burk
Conversions: Burk 5