It may have been the lowest scoring final in
HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series history, but Canada's 7-5
victory over England in the HSBC Kitakyushu Sevens final was a
nail-biting encounter that was only settled with the final kick of the game at Mikuni World Stadium
in Japan on Sunday.
on course to claim their first Cup title since April 2016 as the
clock turned to red with them leading 5-0 after Amy Wilson Hardy's
try late in the first half, but Canada dug deep and worked their
way from one end of the field to the other before captain Ghislaine Landry found a gap in the defence to run round behind
the posts to give herself a straightforward conversion to win the
Landry, playing in her 30th series tournament,
made no mistake with the conversion to break English hearts and
secure a first title for Canada since February 2017.
Canada's victory has moved
them up to second place in the series standings with 66 points,
now only six behind New Zealand who finished fifth in Kitakyushu.
Bronze medallists USA have slipped to third as a result on 64
points with defending series champions Australia fourth with 56
and France fifth on 46.
With the top four teams in the
series to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the
significance of this success was not lost on HSBC Player of the
Final Landry with Canada now sitting 20 points clear of France
with only two rounds remaining, on home soil in Langford and in
"It's huge, we know that [Olympic qualification] is what
it is all about. That is our main goal this season and to get a
Cup final on top of that is a good feeling," Landry said. "It was such a fight, time is up and the girls kept their
composure and to be able to finish that off feels pretty great.
Everything we threw at them they had an answer for, so testament
to England, they had a great weekend and gave us everything they
had in that final. Sevens is such a hard game and in the last play
of the last game it is a bit of a battle of the mind and we came
out on top in that."
The penultimate round of the HSBC World Rugby
Women's Sevens Series 2019 takes place in Langford in Victoria, Canada, on 11-12 May.
Pictures from 2019 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures from 2018 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
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Pictures from 2016 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures of Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015,
Pictures of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Games Qualifier in Hong
Pictures of Singha Thailand Sevens 2015,
Pictures from the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour in Hong Kong,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2014,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2013,
of Chartis Cup 2012 and
Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012.