A thrilling end to the Cup final at the HSBC women’s sevens will see an undefeated Canadian squad come home with the trophy.
Canadian captain Ghislaine Landry scored the winning try on the final play of the match and added the conversion to seal the 7-5 victory over England.
“The whole weekend has been such a grind and such a fight,” Landry said after the match. “That final was just the same so to finish it out with a win meant so much. That’s what all the training is for.
“We work so hard at home and to able to put it on show in a final and finish when time’s up is a testament to the work we are doing back home and I’m so proud of the girls.”
Canada went undefeated through the entire tournament, starting with pool match victories over Spain, China and Australia before beginning their string of playoff wins with a 17-14 result against Russia.
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Canada advanced to the Cup final after defeating the U.S. 24-12 in the semis.
Bianca Farella led Canada with two tries. Julia Greenshields also had a try, as did Landry, who also contributed a pair of conversions.
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Canada finished 11th in Kitakyushu last year, one of its worst performances on the circuit. Coach John Tait said while it was nice to get back on top of a podium, the best is yet to come from his team.
“We haven’t been on the top of the podium for a while so it’s good to get that back, and that belief,” he said. “I don’t even think we hit our full stride this week. We played some good defence and some good turnover attack in patches.
“It’s pleasing when you can win ugly and still get a result. It gives us a lot of confidence going to our home tournament.”
With the result in Kitakyushu, the Canadian women now sit second in the overall HSBC World Rugby Women’s Seven Series standings as the series shifts to Langford, B.C.