In wet and slippery conditions, Canada’s exceptional play in the forwards proved decisive throughout the match. In fact, their first two tries, both for DeMerchant, came from close-quarters situations as the prop powered over the line in the fifth and 29th minutes, sandwiching a Hallie Taufoou try for the USA.
It was another forward, this time Buisa, who extended the Canadians’ lead to 17-5 just prior to half-time as she shrugged off two tackles before touching down.
After the break, Canada set about asserting their dominance. Holtkamp went over in the 49th minute to ensure their advantage grew, before Buisa banked her second try three minutes later by showing impeccable anticipation to step up, intercept the ball in the USA half and outrun the opposition defence. De Goede’s successful conversion made it 29-5.
The USA enjoyed a sustained period of pressure midway through the second half but the Canadian defence stood strong. With just two minutes left, Perry put the icing on the cake as she collected a neat offload from Alexandra Tessier which opened the space she needed to sprint to the line for the match’s final try. De Goede sent the conversion between the posts to confirm the 36-5 triumph.
“It’s very important to start this kind of competition with a win to build confidence in the team. We know we weren’t perfect under these conditions, but I really liked the work rate from the girls, especially in defence. I believe we are heading in the right direction, but we will need more games to show that we can be more clinical. It’s now a short turnaround with only six days before we play New Zealand. The group is excited for this opportunity, and I believe they will show some great stuff in the next two games.” Canada’s Senior Women’s 15s Head Coach Kevin Rouet
Next up for Canada’s Senior Women’s 15s team in the Pacific Four Series is a clash with New Zealand on Sunday, June 12 at 2:45pm local time (10:45pm ET/7:45pm PT on Saturday June 11).