Canadians lose close decision to USA at Rugby 7s World Cup

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Canada narrowly lost 10-7 to the United States in Saturday’s women’s quarter-final at the Rugby 7s World Cup. The fourth-seeded Americans, who started with a 39-7 win over No.

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Canada narrowly lost 10-7 to the United States in Saturday’s women’s quarter-final at the Rugby 7s World Cup.

The fourth-seeded Americans, who started with a 39-7 victory over 13th-seeded Poland, will face Australia, while 2nd-seeded New Zealand will face 3rd-seeded France in Sunday’s semi-final at the Cape Town Stadium.

The fifth-seeded Canadians will face No. 8 England in the part of the draw that will determine the fifth-to-eighth places.

After losing to Uruguay earlier on Saturday, the 10th-ranked Canadians survived a 19-point second-half comeback from Wales to win 33-19 in consolation play.

Canada will face No. 17 Chile on Sunday to decide 13th place in the 24-team men’s field. Chile had advanced into the Challenge portion of the table by beating No.12 Scotland 24-21 in extra time.

The Canadians, runners-up to New Zealand at the 2013 Moscow tournament, finished seventh four years ago in San Francisco. The best Canadian male performance was a fifth place finish in 2001 in Argentina. They were 12th four years ago.

Keyara Wardley scored a try for Canada with Olivia Apps adding a conversion. Jaz Gray and Ilona Maher scored tries for the United States

The Americans controlled from the opening kickoff and eventually broke through the Canadian defense with Gray landing in the third minute after a 23-pass streak for a 5-0 lead. Krissy Scurfield knocked down Gray late in the half to save another American try as the Americans entered the break in the lead.

Wardley broke through the American defense a minute into the second half with a conversion from Apps giving Canada a 7-5 lead. An increasing number of penalties against Canada allowed the United States to gain ground and Maher finally fell in the 12th minute for a 10-7 lead.

USA won the ball back on the restart that followed and killed the rest of the game.

“It was really tough,” Wardley said. “We tried to give it our all and right at the end they were the strongest team. But we’re proud of the group – we worked on a lot of things from (Friday) but in the end it didn’t help us. not rained.

“It’s time to reflect and bring everything we can for (Sunday). This is what we look forward to,” she added.

While the United States had won three of the five meetings between the two this season, Canada had won the last two.

In the other quarter-finals of the women’s championship, Australia beat England (8th) 35-5, New Zealand blanked Ireland (7th) 28-0 and France beat Fiji (6th) 19-14.

In the quarterfinals of the Men’s Championship, No. 9 Ireland beat top-seeded South Africa 24-14, No. 2 Australia dispatched No. 7 France 14-5, No. 2 Fiji No. 3 defeated No. 11 Samoa 21-10 and No. 5 New Zealand beat No. 4 Argentina 12-5.

Ireland will meet New Zealand while Australia take on Fiji in the semi-finals on Sunday.

The Canadian men had their way early against Wales (14th) with a try from Thomas Isherwood giving Canada a 7-0 lead in the first minute. Brock Webster ran down the right flank three minutes later to increase the lead to 12-0.

Captain Phil Berna converted a chip-and-chase to score under the posts for a 19-0 lead in the fifth minute. And Alex Russell kept the scoreboard going a minute later with a fourth down after Canada won the ball at the ensuing kick-off.

Canadian Lockie Kratz was sent to the trash at the end of the half for a foul during the breakdown. And the bad blood continued with Welsh and Canadian players involved in a scrum that resulted in yellow cards for Wales’ Isherwood and Morgan Williams.

Canada, who led 26-0 at the break, were awarded a penalty early in the second half after fielding one man too many.

With the two teams down to six, Morgan Sieniawski attempted a Welsh try but at a cost as he crashed heavily into the padded goal post. Another try from Sieniawski cut Canada’s lead to 26-12 with four minutes to go. Callum Carson then outplayed Russell to cross the line and cut the lead to 26-19.

Webster interrupted the Welsh comeback with a fine individual try, breaking through the Welsh defense after Canada took advantage of a penalty to kick deep into Welsh territory.

The Canadians were beaten 19-12 by Uruguay (18th) in the quarterfinals of the Consolation Challenge.

Guillermo Lijtenstein and Baltazar Amaya’s tries sandwiched around a Josiah Morra score gave Uruguay a 14-7 halftime lead. Another try from Amaya made the lead 19-7 before D’Shawn Bowen scored to close the gap at 19-12.

Canada opened the men’s game on Friday with a 31-7 win over 23rd-placed Zimbabwe but were knocked out of the championship table after a 19-12 loss to seventh-placed France in the round of 16.

Uruguay beat No.15 Hong Kong 19-7 to start, then were shut out 35-0 by No.2 Australia in the round of 16 on Friday.

The 16-team men’s and women’s events both feature a “winner takes all” format, which means that a single loss knocks you out of the championship.

Both Canadian programs have seen a lot of change with a series of retirements following the Tokyo Olympics where the men finished eighth and the women ninth.

South Africa marks the eighth edition of the men’s sevens World Cup and the fourth for the women. Canada qualified for all of them.

New Zealand have won the last two editions of the men’s and women’s seven-a-side World Cups.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 10, 2022

The Canadian Press

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