Canada set for Dubai after NACRA Sevens win
Preparation is everything, and with the first round of the IRB Women's Sevens World Series in Dubai just around the corner, Canada's women benefitted from the best preparation possible as they claimed the NACRA Sevens title at the weekend in Grand Cayman.
The Canadian Maple Leafs won the title for a second straight year after beating Mexico 51-0 in a one-sided final. Impressively, the Canadians didn't concede a point all weekend, while amassing 238 points.
Canada’s first real chance in the final came from a stolen Mexican lineout as Arielle Dubissette-Borrice went striding down the left wing before a desperation tackle took her out at the 10-metre line.
A moment later Paige Ferries made no mistake off a pass from the lineout, running in from 35 metres for the first try of the game. The conversion was good and Canada held the early 7-0 lead.
A Canadian intercept on their own 22-metre line saw clean hands out to captain Jessica Dovanne, taking it the final 40 metres for the second try. Emily Belchos was just short of the conversion but Canada lead 12-0.
Sara Kaljuvee then scored probably the try of the tournament after a stolen ball from a Mexican scrum. She sliced through five would be tacklers, taking some along for the ride across the line. Ferries then struck for her second as the Mexican resolve began to crumble with the score 22-0 at half-time
Hannah Darling showed her pace with a 60-metre run to open the second half and then struck again two minutes later to push the score out to 34-0. Frederique Rajotte then got her name on the scoreboard before Dubissette-Borrice picked up a loose ball near the Mexican line to score. There was still time for Kaljuvee to add her second try of the final.
Trinidad & Tobago rallied from a 17-7 loss to Mexico in the semi-finals to beat Cayman Islands 14-7 to finish third overall. Jamaica beat Bermuda 22-0 in the Plate final to finish fifth with Curacao edging Turks & Caicos 17-12 in the seventh place play-off to avoid the wooden spoon.
The first leg of the of the IRB Women's Sevens World Series in Dubai kicks off on November 28 at 7he Sevens. The full Series will be streamed live on wsws.irb.com