Photo by Paige Stewart
Photo by Paige Stewart

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Canada made history today – medaling in the Women’s Rugby 7’s at the Rio Olympics. The Victoria-based team won a Bronze medal against Great Britain, gaining revenge from the 22-0 defeat they suffered in the pool game yesterday.

Team GB were never really in the game as Karen Paquin scored for Canada first, and with the conversion were 7-0 within three minutes. GB struck back with an unconverted try, but Canada kept putting on the pressure with a try from Ghislaine Landry, making it 14-5. Landry was in fine kicking form today converting all but one try. Bianca Farella and Kelly Russell continued the scoring frenzy in the first half, going into the break 26-5. In the second half Jasmine Joyce scored for GB but Landry sealed the victory with her second try. Final score: 33-10.

“I’m just really proud of the girls,” said head coach, John Tait. “I’m so happy to have a medal, to walk away with something. The girls showed Canada how good they really are and this medal means a lot to me. This is such a great game and so many people are going to be switched onto it now. Hopefully that’s going to keep us competitive and have us on the podium again in 2020.”

In the earlier semi-final match against world number one team Australia, who won the gold medal, Canada were outplayed. But in the bronze medal game it was all Canada and they justly deserve to be number three in the world.