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Canadian women's 7s squad start strong in Dubai

The Canadian women's rugby sevens team got off to a roaring start at the HSBC World Sevens Series in Dubai, but needed to hold in the second half for a 24-19 win over Russia on Thursday.

Canada's men's team begin with 19-12 loss to Samoa

Canada's Bianca Farella, shown in this 2018 file photo, scored the first two tries of the match in her team's 24-19 win over Russia on Thursday in Dubai. (File/The Canadian Press)

It was a mixed result for Canada's teams at the HSBC World Sevens Series in Dubai on Thursday.

The Canadian women's rugby sevens team got off to a roaring start, but needed to hold on in the second half for a 24-19 win over Russia, while the men's team fell 19-12 to Samoa..

A pair of tries from Bianca Farella and one from captain Ghislaine Landry paced the Canadian women to a 19-0 lead at halftime.

Russian captain Alena Mikhaltsova broke the Canadians' monopoly on possession in the second half, getting her team on the board and cutting the Canadian lead to 12 points.

WATCH | Canada vs. Russia:

HSBC World Women's Rugby Sevens Series Dubai: Canada vs. Russia

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Elena Zorokova scored another to trim the Canadian lead to seven before Charity Williams put the finishing touches on an offload-heavy control play to stretch the lead back to 12.

Zorokova added another and a conversion but time expired on the Russian comeback attempt.

The Canadian women return to action on Friday with their final pool matches against Brazil (12:44 a.m. ET), and the U.S. (6:18 a.m. ET).

On the men's side, tries from Nathan Hirayama and Josiah Morra helped the Canadians to a 12-12 tie at the half.

Starting the second half, Canada looked to have an advantage after Samoa's Joe Perez earned a yellow card with a high tackle. However, the Canadians couldn't capitalize on the man advantage and Samoa's Elisapeta Alofipo scored a 13th minute try which stood as the winner.

WATCH | Canada vs. Samoa:

HSBC World Men's Rugby Sevens Series Dubai: Canada vs. Samoa

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Watch Canada take on Samoa at the HSBC World Men's Rugby Sevens Series from Dubai. 23:00

The men's team begin their tournament on Thursday at 8:06 a.m. ET with a match against Samoa, and then on Friday face New Zealand (2:36 a.m. ET) and Wales (8:06 a.m. ET).

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