Rugby 7s | The Canadian team concludes the Los Angeles tournament in fourth place

After an absence of almost a year from the Rugby 7s World Series circuit, Sabrina Poulin made her return last weekend in Los Angeles.

A hamstring injury has kept the Quebecer out of the game in recent months. His last appearance in rugby sevens dates back to the Toulouse stage last spring. She was added to the roster a few days before the start of the tournament in Los Angeles, where the Canadian team finished in fourth place.

Poulin did not go unnoticed in California by scoring two tries and contributing to her team’s success, both in attack and defense.

“It’s a collective effort, but I’m still satisfied,” Sabrina Poulin told Sportcom. Fatigue affected me at the end of the tournament and I need to be more consistent, but I will continue to work hard to deliver good performances until the end. I’m happy to be back and I hope to help the team as much as possible. »

The depth of the Canadian roster gives the coaching staff several options when it comes to roster composition.

According to Sabrina Poulin, the team’s progress was felt in the space of a year. The results tend to prove him right. Canada was fighting for top 10 last year and is now fighting for a place on the podium.

Around twenty players are part of the national team pool and 13 are chosen for each tournament. The services of 16 of them will be retained for the Paris Olympic Games this summer.

Two defeats against the host country

The Canadians began their journey with a victory for the first time in five tournaments this season when they defeated the British 20-10. They then blanked the Spanish by a score of 31-0.

Sabrina Poulin and her teammates concluded the preliminary round against the Americans, who were up 12-0 at the half. The Laval resident scored the first Canadian try when play resumed and even though Canada reduced the gap to three points with less than a minute to play, it ultimately lost with a score of 22-19.

“The machine left a little too late and we were unable to regain the upper hand,” commented Poulin. We knew we were going to have the whole crowd against us, but I think we were a little affected by that. »

The Canadian team faced France in the quarter-finals and escaped with a 28-19 victory.

She took advantage of the fact that her opponents were penalized on two occasions early in the game to take a 17-0 lead. The French tried to come back, but a try recorded by Sabrina Poulin allowed the Canadians to maintain their lead.

“It’s a very positive result. France finished second the previous week, in Vancouver. It shows that we can defeat the teams of top 3 “, she added.

In the semi-final, the maple leaf players lost 31-12 against the New Zealanders, future gold medalists, then they had another meeting with the Americans, this time in the match for the bronze medal . The representatives of the host country had the last word again, winning 21-7.

“Maybe it’s fatigue, but collectively, we didn’t deliver a good performance. The Americans were more physical than us. We are capable of doing much better, we proved it against France earlier today. We see good progress and we will try to build on that for the next tournaments,” concluded Poulin.

Bronze medalists in Vancouver, the Canadians will try to return to the podium in Hong Kong at the beginning of April.


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