Andrea Burk scores 18 points, Canada beats U.S. at Women’s Rugby Super Series

By The Canadian Press
July 6, 2016 - 3:25pm

SALT LAKE CITY — Andrea Burk had 18 points as Canada beat the United States 33-5 on Tuesday for its second-straight win at the Women’s Rugby Super Series.

Burk, DaLeaka Menin, Brittany Waters and Julianne Zussman all scored tries for the Canadians, who can clinch the trophy with a win over France on Saturday.

The win improves Canada to 16-8-0 all-time against the U.S.

"I'm really pleased with this performance," Burk said. "We're really coming together, players one through 26, we're coming onto the field to play together. It really showed today."

Waters got Canada on the board just sevens minutes in, taking an offload from Zussman to the house for an early 7-0 lead.

American Hope Rogers powered her way over the line in the 18th minute to cut the lead to 7-5.

Burk slotted her first penalty of the day in the 34th minute before Menin pushed her way over the line to grab Canada's second try minutes before the halftime whistle. The Canadians led 17-5 at the half.

Burk extended Canada's lead to 20-5 after an infraction from Jenn Sever of the U.S., in the 44th minute. The North Vancouver, B.C., native picked up the ball at the back of a breakdown four minutes later to give the Canadians a 20-point lead.

Zussman completed the scoring in the 77th minute by taking Waters' skip pass across the line.

"We had a really good performance on defence today," Canada's interim head coach Shaun Allen said. "The Americans put quite a bit of pressure on us in the first half but having those players who played in the first test out there to keep our composure and deal with it without putting us in a hole allowed us to compete in the rest of the half."

The Canadians opened the tournament with a 52-17 thumping of England that moved them up one spot to No. 4 in the world rankings.

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