Rugby

Canadian women fall short in final to hosts at New Zealand 7s

The Canadian women's team will leave the World Rugby Sevens Series in New Zealand with silver medals after falling to the host Black Ferns 24-7 in the Cup final on Sunday.

Black Ferns win Cup final 24-7

Stacey Fluhler of New Zealand scores a try during the Cup final match between Canada and New Zealand at the 2020 HSBC Sevens at FMG Stadium Waikato on Sunday in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

The Canadian women's team will leave the World Rugby Sevens Series in New Zealand with silver medals after falling to the host Black Ferns 24-7 in the Cup final on Sunday.

Brittany Benn struck in the fifth minute and captain Ghislaine Landry added a conversion to give Canada a 7-0 lead, but New Zealand's Michaela Blyde replied with back-to-back tries a minute apart to put her team ahead for good.

WATCH | Canada vs. New Zealand:

Watch Canada face off with New Zealand in the final at the HSBC World Women's Rugby Sevens Series from Hamilton, New Zealand. 32:05

Canada advanced to the final after defeating Australia 28-19 in the semis.

Charity Williams scored in the 13th minute to pull Canada even at 19-19. Landry gave Canada the lead with one of her four conversions in the match and then broke free for a try in the 15th minute to seal the win.

WATCH | Canada vs. Australia:

Watch Canada face off with Australia in the semifinals at the HSBC World Women's Rugby Sevens Series from Hamilton, New Zealand. 21:30

Canada's Bianca Farella and Kayla Moleschi each scored tries in the first half.

Canada went 3-0 in pool play with wins over Ireland, Spain, and France.

Canadian men finish 5th

On the men's side, Canada won two of its pool matches but failed to advance to the medal bracket due to points differential.

WATCH | Canada vs. U.S.:

Watch Canada face off with the United States in the 5th place play-off at the HSBC World Men's Rugby Sevens Series from Hamilton, New Zealand. 19:40

However, the men closed out the tournament with a 28-7 victory over the United States in the fifth place playoff.

With files from The Canadian Press

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