Canada’s women’s sevens team can add the Sydney Sevens cup to their trophy case after beating the United States 21-17 on Saturday in the cup final.
It’s the third World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series cup victory for the Canadians, with title wins at the Amsterdam Sevens in 2015 and the Clermont Sevens in 2016.
“It was a 12-person effort. The defence over the last day has been building and it takes 12 people to win that and that’s exactly what we did,” said Canadian captain Ghislaine Landry.
“We know what we’re capable of,” said Landry. “Every tournament we look to (win). Sometimes it doesn’t go as planned but we’re pretty happy with that and it’s not a surprise to us.”
“It was a tough weekend for us. The weather was a huge factor, the high humidity and 41 degree heat was hard to handle stood on the sidelines never mind running for 14 minutes. We chased the ball and defended against Russia for large parts of our first game and whilst we came away with a win it drained us physically.” Coach Damien McGrath.
The team struggled with Nate Hirayama’s pulled hamstring and then Pat Kay and Adam Zaruba getting injured in the first game, Justin Douglas was ill which meant he wasn’t playing at full strength.
Excerpt from Rugby Canada
Round 1 Dubai 2-3 December 2016
Round 2 Cape Town (South Africa) 10-11 December 2016
Round 3 Wellington (New Zealand) 28-29 January 2017
Round 4 Sydney (Australia) 4-5 February 2017
Round 5 USA (Las Vegas) 3-5 March 2017
Round 6 CANADA (Vancouver) 11-12 March 2017
Round 7 Hong Kong 7-9 April 2017
Round 8 Singapore 15-16 April 2017
Round 9 Paris (France) 13-14 May 2017
Round 10 England (London) 20-21 May 2017