Team suffers 33-7 loss against host Australians in semifinal
GOLD COAST, Australia — The Canadian women's rugby sevens team will be playing for a bronze medal after a 33-7 loss to Australia.
The Canadians will face England in the bronze-medal match after New Zealand bested the English 26-5 in the second semifinal. Canada is set to play at 1:55 p.m. ET in the Gold Coast (11:55 p.m. ET on Saturday in Canada).
Canadian captain Ghislaine Landry opened the scoring in their semi clash with the defending Olympic champions.
Landry also nailed the conversion to put her team ahead 7-0 in the early going. The Canadians made another charge down the pitch after that, but a Natasha Watcham-Roy drop just metres from the try line let Australia off the hook.
The hosts scored two quick tries and converted on both to take a 14-7 lead into the half.
Canada came close to tying it up off a late kick, but Brittany Benn couldn't corral the ball before it left the field of play.
Australia's Emma Tonegato put the match out of reach in the second half, scoring a pair of tries for a 26-7 lead before the scoring was capped off by teammate Charlotte Caslick.