Canada wins bronze in women's rugby sevens

Aug 8 2016, 9:33 pm

Canada has won the first-ever medal awarded in rugby sevens – a bronze – after defeating Great Britain 33-10 on Monday.

The Canadian women were on their game in the bronze medal match right from the get-go. Facing a team that beat them 22-0 yesterday, Canada scored first early in the game on a Karen Paquin try.

With Canada leading 14-5, Great Britain took a yellow card. Up an extra player for two minutes, Canada made them pay, getting two tries before halftime to make the score 26-5.

From there, Great Britain would have needed a miracle comeback, which was not in the cards on this day.

Canada got tries from Paquin, Ghislaine Landry (2), Bianca Farella, and Kelly Russell. Farella finishes the tournament as Canada’s top scorer, scoring six tries over the past three days.

“I’m just really proud of the girls,” said Canadian head coach John Tait. “I’m so happy to have a medal, to walk away with something. The girls showed Canada how good they really are and this medal means a lot to me. This is such a great game and so many people are going to be switched onto it now. Hopefully that’s going to keep us competitive and have us on the podium again in 2020.”

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