The Canadian women’s rugby sevens team lost a tight Cup quarter-final 7-0 to Great Britain at the HSBC Perth Sevens on Saturday, falling in the placement game.
The Canadians lost 14-12 to Great Britain in Pool A on Friday in Australia, rebounding later in the day to defeat South Africa 26-7. That 1-1-0 record saw them qualify for the last eight after series leaders Australia were upset by the British.
Canada closed out pool play on Saturday with a 31-14 loss to Australia. Asia Hogan-Rochester and Chloe Daniels scored tries for the Canadians, who trailed 19-7 at halftime.
Great Britain’s Ellie Boatman scored the only try in the quarter-final victory over Canada.
Great Britain will face Ireland in one women’s semi-final while Australia will face the United States in the other. The Australians beat New Zealand 24-14 in the quarter-finals, ending the Black Ferns’ 20-game winning streak on Australian soil.
The Canadian men, beaten 24-7 by South Africa and 29-5 by Argentina on Friday, finished last in Pool A after opening Saturday with a 33-12 loss to Spain. Jack Carson and Thomas Isherwood scored tries for the Canadians, who trailed 19-7 at the break.
Canada was then beaten 26-21 by New Zealand in the ninth-place playoff after a fierce second-half comeback that narrowly fell short.
Trailing 19-0 at the break, Canada took a 21-19 lead thanks to converted tries from Jake Thiel, Kalin Sager and Matt Percillier. But Fehi Fineanganofo’s converted try in the last minute gave the All Blacks victory.
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As time expired, New Zealand won the ball back in a counter scrum and Fineanganofo split the Canadian defense, scoring under the posts as Percillier hung on but failed to stop him.
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The Canadian men will now face Great Britain in a playoff for 11th place.
The men’s semi-finals pitted Ireland against Argentina and Fiji against Australia.
The Australian event is the third of eight legs of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, which has been renamed HSBC SVNS this season. The next tournament will take place February 23-25 at HSBC SVNS Vancouver at BC Place Stadium.
The Canadians traveled to Perth fifth overall after placing fourth in Cape Town and sixth in the series opener in Dubai. Great Britain is in ninth place and South Africa is in eleventh.
The Canadian men placed ninth after finishing 12th in Dubai and seventh in Cape Town.
The slimmed-down Sevens circuit features seven regular season events, each featuring men’s and women’s competitions, as well as a grand final with promotion and relegation on the line.
After Vancouver, the teams will travel to Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Singapore before finishing in Madrid from May 31 to June 2.
The Canadians finished ninth overall last season, with sixth-place finishes in Vancouver and Hong Kong their best performances.
The men’s field was reduced to 12 basic teams from 16 to match the women’s configuration as well as the Olympic competition.
Canada retained its core team status in spectacular fashion, beating Kenya 12-7 in May’s relegation playoff final in London thanks to a last-minute try from Alex Russell. The Canadian men were forced into the playoffs after finishing 14th in the season standings.
The Perth tournament is being held at HBF Park, where Canada beat Ireland 2-1 in last summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.