Canada women claim top prize on day of upsets in Sydney


Canada’s women raised the HSBC Sydney Sevens trophy aloft on Saturday after a day of upsets in the summer sun.

The Canadians beat rivals USA 21-17 to claim their third tournament win, in front of a packed house at the Allianz Stadium.

USA, who finished the last tournament in Dubai in 11th place, shocked New Zealand to reach the final, while Canada silenced the home crowd when they beat Australia 12-7 in the second semi-final of the day.

Meanwhile, on a day of surprises, Brazil beat England 17-12 to claim the Challenge Trophy as New Zealand went on to beat their rivals Australia to claim the bronze medal on Saturday.

In the men’s event, Wales surprised in Sydney with a 28-15 win over Olympic champions Fiji, while England and New Zealand also went unbeaten on day one.

The men’s Cup quarter-finals will see England play Argentina, New Zealand meet Fiji in a replay of last weeks quarter-final in Wellington, USA face South Africa and Wales play hosts Australia. 

The action from the fourth round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series resumes on Sunday at 10.30am (GMT +11)

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