Rugby

Canadian women win hard-fought bronze at Cape Town 7s

The Canadian women's rugby sevens team captured the bronze medal in extra time on Sunday at the HSBC World Series Rugby Sevens event in Cape Town, South Africa.

Canada takes 22-17 extra-time win over France

Canada's Julia Greenshields, shown at front in this file photo, scored the winning try in Canada's quarter-final against the U.S. and the bronze-medal match against France on Sunday at the HSBC Women's Rugby Sevens event in Cape Town. (File/Getty Images)

It took extra time, but the Canadian women's rugby sevens team captured the bronze medal on Sunday at the HSBC World Series Rugby Sevens event in Cape Town, South Africa.

A Julia Greenshields try in the extra frame sealed a 22-17 win over France.

The third-place match began with a try for Canada in the opening minute, as Bianca Farella scored the quick strike to give her squad the early lead.

However, France struck back, scoring three successive tries before Kaili Lukan replied for Canada.

WATCH | Canada vs. France:

Watch as Canada takes on France once again, this time with the bronze medal on the line at the HSBC World Women's Rugby Sevens Series from Cape Town. 26:07

Trailing by five with under a minute remaining in regulation, a late yellow card on France's Joanna Joanna Grisez for tackling Canadian speedster Charity Williams by the hair reduced France to six players, and Farella struck for her second try of the match.

That advantage carried into extra time, where Brittany Benn made a thundering tackle, followed by a steal and off loaded to Greenshields for the game-ending try.

WATCH | Canada vs. New Zealand:

Watch Canada face off against New Zealand in the semifinals of the HSBC World Women's Rugby Sevens Series from Cape Town. 22:00

Canada fell in the semifinals to New Zealand by a score of 15-5.

The Canadians beat the U.S. 15-14 to earn their spot in the semifinals. With the Americans leading 14-10 near the end of the match, Canada's Julia Greenshields scored the winning try to help her team advance.

The Canadian men finished their tournament with a 22-5 win over meet Australia in the 11th-place playoff Sunday after finishing third in Pool B.

WATCH | Canada vs. Australia:

Watch Canada tackle Australia in the 11th place match at the HSBC World Men's Rugby Sevens Series from Cape Town. 19:45

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