Canada defeat USA in Americas Championship clash
Canada won their opening game in the Women’s Americas North Championship, scoring five tries – all converted by Dani Franada - to overcome USA 30-4 at the MONA Bowl, University of West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica.
In warm and wet conditions, the Ravens – playing for the first rime since 2021 Rugby League World Cup – included St Helens star Chantelle Crowl on debut and were never behind.
They only secured victory, however, when hooker Gabrielle Hindley dived over from dummy half with 14 minutes to go following a powerful drive from Liz Steele.
Steele’s late score inflated the margin of victory, the Hawks having shown great resolve after beating Jamaica on Saturday. Canada now need to defeat the hosts on Wednesday, September 27, to lift the inaugural trophy.
Player of the match, Canada’s Megan Pakulis, who crossed just after the half hour for a vital try, said: “We’ve adjusted to the heat very well. The Americans gave us a tough challenge and showed us what we will need to work on before Jamaica.
"We’re looking forward to the game against them in a tournament that is showing the growth of the women’s game in the region.”
Ravens head coach Mike Castle added: “It’s been an awesome experience and allowed us to build on our World Cup experience. I’m looking forward to the final game and I’m sure the squad will perform and claim the first title.”
Scrum half Paris Hart, USA co-captain, noted: “It’s been a phenomenal experience playing here in Jamaica, with several of the squad picking up their first caps. I’m very proud of the team for their performances.”
Hawks head coach Adrian Cooney said: “I want to thank the group. We’ve worked very hard to prepare for the tournament. We executed very well on Saturday but struggled a little bit today against Canada.
"Nonetheless, it was a superb 80-minute effort. Women’s rugby league deserves more tournaments like this so we grow the game and continue to build profile and sponsorship.”
Taylor White, Agnes Fuerst, Christine Sargeant, Cyndi Campbell, Britney Royes, Robyn Oliveri, Courtney Treco, Paris Hart, Tiana Granby, Nicki Snyder, Sara Esther Anderson, Kadie Sandford, Samantha Black-Keels. Interchange: Danielle Pola Wazko Siua, Shamarica Scott, Marcya Baylous, Narcisse Jordan
Try: Granby (14); Goals: Oliveri 0/1
Petra Woods, Lauren Mueller, Candance Scholten, Matilda Butler, Brittany Jones, Dani Franada, Natalie Tam, Chantelle Crowl, Gabrielle Hindley, Liz Steele, Maddy Adberg, Rachel Choboter, Megan Pakulis. Interchange: Savanah Bacchus, Ada Okomkwo–Dappa, Fedelia Angles, Sarah Maguire
Tries: Scholten (1), Butler (17), Pakulis (31), Hindley (66), Steele (77); Goals: Franada 5/5