Canada’s women’s sevens Olympic team will be playing for a bronze medal in Rio after dropping their rugby sevens semi-final match to Australia 17-5.
Australia, the top-ranked team in the world, advanced to the gold medal match where they will play second-ranked New Zealand, while Canada will face Great Britain for bronze.
Canada and Great Britain will be familiar with each other as both teams met on day two action in pool play, with Great Britain taking top spot in Pool C with a 22-0 win.
The medals will be the first ever handed out for Olympic rugby sevens.
CANADA 5-17 AUSTRALIA
Australia showed why they are the top seed in Rio with a clinical 17-5 win over Canada.
It was always going to take a great performance from Canada to compete with the world’s best, but the Canadians made some uncharacteristic mistakes and Australia was able to capitalize on that.
Handling errors and penalties hurt Canada has Australia controlled much of the possession throughout the match.
Australia opened the scoring three minutes in to go up 7-0 but Canada was unable to keep it a one-score match at halftime as Australia scored after the first half hooter sounded to take a 12-0 lead into the break.
After Australia extended the lead to 17-0, Charity Williams picked up her first try of the Olympics as she touched down with 30 seconds left to cut the lead to 17-5.
Canada’s Roster for the 2016 Rio Olympics (Name, club, hometown):
Britt Benn – (Guelph Redcoats) Napanee, ON
Hannah Darling – (Peterborough Pagans) Warsaw, ON
Bianca Farella – (Town of Mont Royal RFC) Montreal, QC
Jen Kish – (Edmonton Rockers) Edmonton, AB
Ghislaine Landry – (Toronto Scottish) Toronto, ON
Megan Lukan – (Unattached) Barrie, ON
Kayla Moleschi – (Williams Lake Rustlers) Williams Lake, BC
Karen Paquin – (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Kelly Russell – (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
Ashley Steacy – (Lethbridge Rugby Club), Lethbridge, AB
Natasha Watcham-Roy – (Hull Volant) Gatineau, QC
Charity Williams – (Markham Irish) Toronto, ON
Canada’s Coaching Staff:
Meaghan Howat – Manager
John Tait – Head Coach
Sandro Fiorino – Assistant Coach
Sandeep Nandhra – Athletic Therapist
Matt Tyler – Athletic Therapist
Tyler Goodale – Strength & Conditioning
Callum Morris – Analyst
Kirsten Barnes – Mental Performance Coach
Canada’s 2016 Rio Olympics Schedule:
Day 1 – August 6
Canada 45-0 Japan
Canada 38-0 Brazil
Day 2 – August 7
Canada 0-22 Great Britain
Canada 15-5 France (Quarterfinals)
Day 3 – August 8
Canada 5-17 Australia (Semifinals) – 1:30 pm ET / 10:30 am PT
Canada vs Great Britain (Bronze medal match) – 5:30 pm ET / 2:30 pm PT