GRR: Canada Women 7s
Canada dominated the final of the women’s rugby competition at the Pan-Am Games, defeating the USA 55-7.
The Eagles opened the scoring with a nicely-taken long-range try from Kristen Thomas, but after that, Canada controlled all. They poached brilliantly at the ruck, and either re-won their restarts or pinned the USA deep in their 22 and exerted pressure from here.
The USA’s first win against Canada (in the '14-'15 series) couldn’t have come at a worse time for the tournament host. After falling four points shy in the teams’ pool play match, the Eagles dug deep for a 19-12 victory over Canada in the Plate final. It was an exhausting, emotional triumph over a familiar opponent, and the Eagles earned it.
The Eagles redeemed themselves in a 29-10 win against Australia during the Plate semifinals of the Canada Women’s 7s. The USA will now face Canada, which defeated Fiji 45-0, in the Plate final.
The hope for a repeat berth to the Cup final is over, as the USA lost 17-0 to France in the Canada Women’s 7s quarterfinals. The Eagles will now work toward the Plate and take on Australia, which lost a surprise 17-10 quarterfinal to Russia, at 1:06 p.m. PDT.