Rugby·Recap

Canadian women beaten by New Zealand at Sydney 7s

Canada gave unbeaten New Zealand all it could handle, but still lost 17-7 in women's Cup quarter-final action at the Sydney Sevens on Saturday. The Canadian team ended their tourney in fifth place.

Men's squad bows out in consolation bracket

Canada's Kaili Lukan is tackled in the Women's Cup quarter-final against New Zealand. (Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Canada gave unbeaten New Zealand all it could handle, but still lost 17-7 in women's Cup quarter-final action at the Sydney Sevens on Saturday.

The Black Ferns' third straight win over Canada this season improved New Zealand's record to 16-0-0 this season. The Canadian women ended their tournament on a high note, beating France 19-17 in the fifth-place game, following a 12-5 win over Russia.

New Zealand beat Australia 34-10 in the final, while Ireland won the third-place playoff with a 26-10 over the U.S.

Canada bounced back from a poor preliminary round to test the unbeaten Black Ferns, who had won the first two stops of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Series this season.

The Canadian women were solid on defence in the first half, but gave up two consecutive penalties and New Zealand made them pay when Ruby Tui capped off an attack down the wing for a 5-0 lead.

WATCH | Canada vs. New Zealand:

Watch Canada battle New Zealand at the World Rugby Sevens Series in Sydney, Australia 20:37

Canada captain Ghislaine Landry scored off a fine run from a lineout, putting Canada ahead 7-5 with her conversion. But New Zealand captain Sarah Hirini finished a lengthy New Zealand attack for a 10-7 lead.

New Zealand playmaker Tyla Nathan-Wong was carried off the field after the Hirini try.

Theresa Fitzpatrick made it in 17-7 with a converted try in the second half, capping a lengthy attack triggered by a fine run from Katarina Whata-Simkins. Canada mounted a late attack but the New Zealand defence held strong.

Men's squad bows out of consolation bracket

The Canadian men's team, relegated to the Challenge Trophy bracket after a 1-2 record in pool play, bounced back with a 25-17 win over Scotland in consolation play.

That momentum was short-lived, however, as the team saw its tournament conclude with a 24-19 loss to Argentina.

WATCH | Canada vs. Argentina:

Watch Canada take on Argentina at the World Rugby Sevens Series in Sydney, Australia 24:45

New Zealand moved into a tie for first place with a 21-5 win over the United States in the men's final, while England beat Fiji 19-17 for third place.

With files from CBC Sports and The Associated Press

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