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Day 2 concludes at Rugby World Cup7s for Canada’s Women’s and Men’s teams

Rugby 7s Senior Men, Rugby 7s Senior Women

Women lose narrowly to the USA in the Championship quarter-finals.

Canada’s Senior Women’s and Men’s 7s teams continued their Rugby World Cup 7s journeys on Saturday as the competition resumed in Cape Town, South Africa. The Men’s team faced Uruguay and Wales before the Women’s side took on the USA in their Championship quarter-final.

Here, catch up on how the matches played out with our Day 2 recap…

Men’s Match 22: Canada 12-19 Uruguay – Challenger Quarter-Finals

Day 2 started with Head Coach Henry Paul’s Men’s side taking on Uruguay in the Challenge quarter-finals. In the second minute, their opponents took the lead through a Guillermo Lijtenstein try but Canada responded quickly via Josiah Morra and a Brock Webster conversion.

Baltazar Amaya restored Uruguay’s advantage just before half time to make the score 14-7 heading into the break. Amaya repeated the feat early in the second half as Uruguay pulled away to 19-7, before D’Shawn Bowen scored what ended up being a consolation try for Canada in the tenth minute.

Men’s Match 34: Canada 33-19 Wales

Against Wales in their second match of the day, Thomas Isherwood got the Canadians on the board after they worked the ball out to him from a scrum and he ran a half-length of the field to score. Webster doubled their lead when, from a break down, he faked one way and went the other, sprinting down the sideline to go over for the try.

There were two further first-half scores for the Canadians when captain Phil Berna chipped the ball through the Welsh defence and collected it to touch down beneath the posts. That was before Isherwood found Alex Russell with a pinpoint pass and the No. 5 skipped over the line to collect the try. Yellow cards were shown to Lachlan Kratz and Isherwood, as well as Wales’ Morgan Williams, just prior to the break for infringements as Canada went in 26-0 to the good.

After half time, Morgan Sieniawski scored back-to-back tries before Callum Carson also touched down for Wales to cut the lead to just seven points. A second try for Webster ensured Canada built in some breathing space with less than a minute left on the clock, and they were able to see out the match 33-19.

Women’s Match 16: Canada 7-10 USA – Championship Quarter-Finals

A sustained period of possession to open the match ended in Jaz Gray scoring the game’s first try for the Americans. Gray looked to have unlocked the Canadian defence for a second time deep in the first half but a tremendous tackle by Krissy Scurfield denied the USA another try.

After the break, Canada took the lead when Keyara Wardley received a pass inside and accelerated beyond the USA backline to score. Momentum swung back in the American’s favour, however, when Ilona Maher went over with just over 90 seconds remaining to make it 10-7, which is how the match ended.

“It was definitely tough,” said Wardley regarding the result following the match. “We tried to give it our all and just at the end they were the stronger team. But we’re proud of the group – we worked on a lot of things coming from yesterday but in the end it didn’t fall our way.”

She added: “There’s time to reflect and bring all that we can for tomorrow. That’s what we’re looking forward to.”

Tomorrow, the Women’s team will face England at 4:18 a.m. Eastern / 1:18 a.m. Pacific, before the Men’s team takes on Chile at 10:20 a.m. Eastern / 7:20 a.m. Pacific. Watch all the action live on cbcsports.ca.