Canada fell to New Zealand in the cup quarterfinals, 17-7. An all out battle, Canada played with excellent defense but the pressure and support play by New Zealand was too much to handle.
Canada’s captain Ghislaine Landry scored the lone try for Canada in the match after an expert play, chipping the ball forward and chasing it down, to start the offensive drive. She was then able to break the NZ line to score as well as adding on the conversion.
Canada will take on Russia in the 5th place semifinal at 4:50pm ET/ 1:50pm PT.
On the other side of the draw Ireland overcame Spain 22-7 to reach their first ever series semi-final while hosts and defending champions Australia won through 21-17 against France.
New Zealand will play USA in the Cup semi-finals on Sunday while Australia will play Ireland. In the women’s Challenge Trophy Fiji beat England 15-12.