The Canadian women’s rugby sevens team finished the HSBC Perth SVNS on a winning note Sunday in Australia, beating Fiji 26-5 to place seventh.
Ireland won the trophy for the first time on the world rugby sevens stage, beating series leaders Australia 19-14 in the women’s final in a sold-out HBF Pack.
Argentina won the men’s title for the second consecutive event, beating Australia 31-5. The Pumas opened the 2024 season by finishing second in Dubai before winning in Cape Town and have reached the final in eight of the last nine events (with a 4-4-0 record in those championship matches).
Great Britain won the women’s bronze medal with a 24-10 victory over the United States, while the Irish men took the bronze medal with a 24-7 decision over Fiji, double Olympic champions.
It was another tough weekend for the Canadian men, who finished 12th after losing 12-5 to Great Britain.
Canada’s men sit 11th overall while the women are sixth heading into the HSBC Vancouver SVNS, the fourth stop of the season scheduled for Feb. 23-35 at BC Place Stadium.
The Irish presented a 5-1-0 record in Perth, losing only against New Zealand in group play (21-14). Ireland beat the United States and Japan in the group stage before eliminating Fiji 14-12 in the quarter-final and Great Britain 31-7 in the semi-final to advance to the championship match.
The victory was “a long time coming,” said Irish captain Lucy Mulhall.
“It means a lot and we have had a long journey,” she added. “This is huge for Irish women’s rugby. We will be sure to celebrate it.”
This performance moved Ireland to fourth place in the women’s overall rankings after three events with 38 points behind Australia (58), New Zealand (46) and France (44). The Canadians have 32 points, four behind the United States
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Argentina tops the men’s rankings with 58 points ahead of Fiji and Australia (both with 44) and South Africa and Ireland (both with 42). The Canadians have 10 points, one point ahead of last place Great Britain.
Krissy Scurfield, Olivia Apps, Charity Williams and Asia Hogan-Rochester scored tries in Canada’s victory over Japan in the seventh-place playoff. Chloe Daniels scored two conversions and Hogan-Rochester kicked one for Canada, which led 12-0 at halftime.
Jack Carson scored a late consolation try for the Canadian men against Great Britain, who led 10-0 at halftime, in the 11th place playoff.
The return of Canadian men fails
Although Canada’s men lost all five of their weekend outings, they can take solace in a failed comeback in a 26-21 loss to New Zealand in the ninth-place semifinals.
The Canadian men will face Argentina, Fiji and Spain in Pool A in Vancouver. The Canadians will play in Pool D with Great Britain, France and Spain.
The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series has been renamed HSBC SVNS this season. The slimmed-down Sevens circuit features seven regular season events, each featuring men’s and women’s competitions, as well as a grand final in Madrid with promotion and relegation on the line.