Eagles out for revenge in second match of Can-Am Series
"It’s great to be playing in some international tests, some high level rugby, where we can just play as hard as we can."Sadie Anderson
MILL BAY, British Columbia -- For the second game in the Can-Am series, the Women's Eagles will have redemption on their minds. Suffering a 51-7 loss Tuesday, a new 23-player roster has been announced to exact that plan for Pete Steinberg's team.
Westhills Stadium will play host to the contest with the match kicking off at 3:30 P.M. PT. Watch the match live on rugbycanada.tv.
Canada owns the 1-0 advantage and a +44 point differential. However, the Women's Eagles are excited for the challenge.
"I'm excited to see what we can do out there," said Sadie Anderson, who will line up at center Saturday. "It's great to be playing in some international tests, some high level rugby, where we can just play as hard as we can."
In addition to the focus of turning the tables on Canada, Anderson hopes to take more out of the game than just a win.
"When we go home we'll have a better idea of what we need to work on and what we need to do differently with our training, which is the point of this series for us," said Anderson.
The Maple Leafs won the previous Can-Am Series, held in 2010, defeating the Eagles in two straight games. This time, however, players are hoping that the ease in pressure will be the deciding factor.
"There was a lot of pressure going into [the 2010] games and being at the top of our performance," said Jamie Burke, a member of the Eagles during the 2010 Can-Am Series. "Now (in 2014) it's an opportunity for us to try out new patterns and try some new things so that we can take into our top-50 camp, giving us a better foundation with moving forward."
In 2010, the Eagles used the Can-Am Series as their final tests before the World Cup. This time around, the series is the opening preparations for the elite tournament.
With that notion in mind, Steinberg has again changed up his lineup in hopes of learning and generating team growth.
"Saturday's game is a chance for us to take a big step forward as a team in terms of performance and how we approach the game," said Steinberg. "We are putting out a more experienced side for this match, but we are still working towards our goal of growing for the World Cup no matter who is on the field."
Both players and coaches are on the same page with how the Eagles need to take to the field Saturday; play to the U.S.A. game plan.
"We have to play our game plan and execute the basics," said Burke, who gets her second start in the series. "On Tuesday we played to Canada's pattern of play and not to our own and that took us out of our element, so if we focus on our play we will have the momentum going forward."
Shaina Turley once again gets the nod as team captain, moving from the eight position to flanker.
"It's a small shift in perspective, but I'm excited at the chance to get around the field a bit more and we look forward to a better performance on Saturday," said Turley.
Burke, with her start at prop, is set to earn her 44th cap.
The Eagles lead the all-time series between the countries, 17-0-13. The Eagles also lead in games played in Canada, 7-0-6.
In 2010, Canada hosted the Can-Am Series and claimed the trophy by winning both contests. The Maple Leafs won 14-8 and 34-22, respectively.
The first game of the 2010 Can-Am Series was also hosted in Shawnigan Lake School, which was the site of Tuesday's matchup. Westhills Stadium also hosted the second match in the 2010 Series.
Following the game, the Eagles will look to their Top-50 Camp held at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo. The next test match for the Eagles is slated for June 28, facing Wales during a tour to the United Kingdom.
Women's Eagles | v Canada
1. Sarah Chobot
2. Katy Augustyn
3. Jamie Burke
4. Stacey Bridges
5. Sharon Blaney
6. Shaina Turley (C)
7. Lynelle Kugler
8. Kate Daley
9. Carrie White
10. Kimber Rozier
11. Erica Cavanaugh
12. Sadie Anderson
13. Emilie Bydwell
14. Amanda Street
15. Meya Bizer
Canada | Roster
1. Marie-Pier Pinault-Ried
2. Kim Donaldson
3. Olivia DeMerchant
4. Kayla Mack
5. Latoya Blackwood
6. Jacey Murphy
7. Karen Paquin
8. Kelly Russell
9. Stephanie Bernier
10. Kayla Moleschi
11. Elissa Alarie
12. Amanda Thornborough
13. Brittany Benn
14. Arielle Dubissette-Borrice
15. Magali Harvey
Canada | Reserves
16. Laura Russell
17. Hilary Leith
18. Ashley MacDonald
19. Tyson Beukeboom
20. Cindy Nelles
21. Julia Sugawara
22. Andrea Burk
23. Jessica Dovanne