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Canadian women lose heartbreaking rugby sevens final to New Zealand in Japan

Jen Kish and the Canadian rugby sevens squad shut out Australia 33-0 the largest margin of victory over the Aussies Top three in series finish day unbeaten in Japan
Tobias Pedroso | 23 Abril, 2017, 20:43

New Zealand's control and patience yielded a try to Michael Blyde and they were sitting pretty at 14-0.

The win over Australia marked Canada's 100th victory in World Series play. However, it wasn't long before Hannah Darling raced away and, despite being tap-tackled by Portia Woodman, managed to touch down for a 7-0 lead.

Jen Kish's try in the corner, following a fine run by captain Ghislaine Landry, put the Canadians ahead 14-7 after an excellent Landry conversion.

New Zealand beat England 21-5 in their quarterfinal, scoring from the kickoff when Woodman beat the defence with an inside swerve, then dashed home from well inside her half. "The way the girls showed so much fight I am just really proud to have such an awesome group of girls around me".

The Canadians made a devastating mistake, knocking the ball on off a New Zealand restart, giving the Kiwi side a sniff to win the match with seconds remaining.

Canada will play Russian Federation in the Cup quarter-finals.

The Black Ferns have now won three World Series tournaments this season.

Japan is the fourth of six stops on the 2017 women's series.

However, Australia, with only nine fit players going into the match, rallied and first Emma Sykes and then Dalton crossed to break Fijiana hearts.

In the semi-finals, Canada again proved too hot handle and barely allowed Australia out of their own half in the whole match. They hold a 3-4 record all-time.

Niall Williams was on the scoresheet for the Black Ferns Sevens.

The first quarter-final contested tomorrow will see Australia take on France, before Canada meet Russian Federation for a place in the last four.

The Canadian women had won their five previous matches at the tournament, blanking Russian Federation 41-0 and Australia 33-0 earlier Sunday - Canada's largest margin of victory ever over both countries.