Team Canada came away with a bronze medal on Sunday in the Women’s Rugby Sevens Series in Cape Town, South Africa. In the bronze final, Canada defeated France 22-17. New Zealand won the Cup Final as they defeated Australia 17-7.
Team Canada was placed in Pool B where they had a record of two wins and one loss. They beat Brazil 32-0 and Spain 28-7 before losing to France 14-12. In Canada’s win over Brazil, Sara Kaljuvee led Canada with two tries. Then in their win over Spain, Canada got two tries each from Ghislaine Landry of Toronto, Ontario and Bianca Farella of Montreal, Quebec.
In the quarterfinals, Canada squeaked out an impressive 15-14 win over the United States. Canada got tries from Brittany Benn of Greater Napanee, Ontario, Julia Greenshields of Sarnia, Ontario and Landry. In the semifinals, Canada lost 15-5 to New Zealand before their five point win over France in the bronze medal match. In Canada’s win over France, Farella led Canada with two tries.
This was Canada’s second straight medal at the Women’s World Rugby Sevens Series. They finished second behind New Zealand in Dubai on December 7. Canada sits fourth overall in the Women’s World Rugby Sevens Series standings with 44 points. New Zealand leads with 56 points, followed by Australia at 50 points and the United States at 48 points. The bronze medal for Canada in Cape Town will give them confidence as they prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.