Team Canada won a silver medal on Sunday in a World Cup women’s rugby sevens event in Hamilton, New Zealand. The Canadian team reached the final before losing 24-7 to the host New Zealand in the gold medal match.
Team Canada went through Pool C undefeated with a perfect record of three wins and zero losses. They then defeated Australia 28-19 in the semifinals to reach the gold medal game. France beat Australia 19-14 to win the bronze medal.
In Pool C play, Canada beat Ireland 24-7, Spain 35-5 and France 21-19. In Canada’s win over Ireland, Canada got two tries from Kaili Lukan of Barrie, Ontario and one try each from Brittany Benn of Napanee, Ontario and Charity Williams of Toronto, Ontario. In Canada’s win over Spain, Canada got two tries from Ghislaine Landry of Toronto, Ontario and one try each from Elissa Alarie of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Williams and Benn. In Canada’s win over France, Canada got two tries from Williams and one from Benn. In Canada’s win over Australia, Canada got one try each from Bianca Farella of Montreal, Quebec, Kaula Moleschi of Williams Lake, British Columbia, Williams and Landry.
Team Canada is currently in third place in the 2019-20 World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series with 62 points. New Zealand leads with 76 points and Australia is second with 64 points. Canada’s silver medal in New Zealand will give them confidence as they prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.