Rugby

Canadian women advance to quarter-finals at Cape Town 7s

The Canadian women's rugby sevens team finished pool play with a 2-1 record at the HSBC World Series Rugby Sevens event after beating Spain but losing to France on Saturday in Cape Town, South Africa.

Canada's men beat Wales but fall to New Zealand

Team Canada's Ghislaine Landry, (centre), shown in this file photo, scored two tries and kicked four successful conversions in her team's 28-7 win over Spain in Cape Town on Saturday. (File/The Canadian Press)

The Canadian women's rugby sevens team finished pool play with a 2-1 record at the HSBC World Series Rugby Sevens event after a win over Spain but a loss to France on Saturday in Cape Town, South Africa.

Canada will face the U.S. in a quarter-final on Sunday at 3:34 a.m. ET.

Canadian captain Ghislaine Landry led the way for her team in a 28-7 victory over Spain. She scored the team's first two tries and converted on both to send Canada to a 14-7 halftime lead.

WATCH | Canada vs. Spain:

Watch Canada take on Spain at the HSBC World Women's Rugby Sevens Series from Cape Town, South Africa. 20:59

Bianca Farella had a pair of tries in the second half, with Landry converting on both as Canada cruised to the win.

Canada came into Cape Town second overall in the World Series women's standings after two events. The Americans, who won the opening stop in Glendale, Colo., were second behind New Zealand.

The Canadians could not get by France, which ran up a 14-0 lead by halftime and hung on for a 14-12 victory.

WATCH | Canada vs. France:

Watch Canada duel with France at the HSBC World Women's Rugby Sevens Series from Cape Town. 22:15

Coralie Bertrand and Seraphine Okemba had tries for the French, who upset New Zealand before losing 19-7 to Canada in last weekend's quarter-finals in Dubai.

Canada, runner-up in Dubai, mounted a comeback with tries from Britt Benn and Charity Williams and was attacking in the French end with no time remaining, only to see the rally snuffed out in the rain with a knock-on.

It was only the third win for the French over Canada in 26 meetings on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

France (3-0-0) won Pool B and will play Russia, which finished third in Pool A. Canada (2-1-0) takes on the U.S. with the winner facing either powerful New Zealand or England in the semifinals. New Zealand beat Canada 17-14 in the Dubai final.

The U.S. beat Canada on the first two stops of the circuit — 29-26 and 34-10.

The Canadian men, who opened with a 33-21 loss to Argentina on Friday, fell to New Zealand 31-5 on Saturday but won their final pool match against Wales by a score of 17-14.

The All Blacks led 14-0 at the half with Mike Fuailefau's converted try in the eighth minute halving the lead. But New Zealand reeled off three late tries to seal the deal.

WATCH | Canada vs. New Zealand:

Watch Canada do battle with New Zealand at the HSBC World Men's Rugby Sevens Series from Cape Town. 21:50

The loss dropped Canada's record against the Blacks to 3-28-1.

The Canadian men, who finished 10th in Dubai in their season opener, then beat Wales 17-14 in their final pool match at Cape Town Stadium.

WATCH | Canada vs. Wales:

Watch Canada go head-to-head with Wales in pool play at the HSBC World Men's Rugby Sevens Series from Cape Town. 22:08

Theo Sauder opened the scoring for Canada, capping off a storming run by Isaac Kaay through the Welsh defence. Matt Mullins powered his way over late in the first half to make it 10-0 after a Welsh turnover.

Canada pulled further ahead after a speeding Sauder beat Luke Treharne to a well-placed Nate Hirayama kick. Hirayama's conversion made it 17-0. Cameron Lewis and Jay Jones added late tries to make it interesting but time ran out on the Welsh.

"We made the most of our opportunities in that game," said Hirayama.

The Canadian men (1-0-2) will meet Australia (1-0-2) in an 11th-place playoff Sunday after finishing third in Pool B. New Zealand beat Argentina 19-14 to win the group.

With files from The Canadian Press

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