Canadian women win hard-fought bronze at Cape Town 7s

Canadian women win hard-fought bronze at Cape Town 7s

It took extra time, but the Canadian women's rugby sevens team captured the bronze medal on Sunday at the HSBC World Series Rugby Sevens event in Cape Town, South Africa.

A Julia Greenshields try in the extra frame sealed a 22-17 win over France.

The third-place match began with a try for Canada in the opening minute, as Bianca Farella scored the quick strike to give her squad the early lead.

However, France struck back, scoring three successive tries before Kaili Lukan replied for Canada.

Trailing by five with under a minute remaining in regulation, a late yellow card reduced France to six players, and Farella struck for her second try of the match.

That advantage carried into extra time, where Brittany Benn made a thundering tackle, followed by a steal and off loaded to Greenshields for the game-ending try.

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Canada fell in the semifinals to New Zealand by a score of 15-5.

The Canadians beat the U.S. 15-14 to earn their spot in the semifinals. With the Americans leading 14-10 near the end of the match, Canada's Julia Greenshields scored the winning try to help her team advance.

The Canadian men finished their tournament with a 22-5 win over meet Australia in the 11th-place playoff Sunday after finishing third in Pool B.

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