Canada undefeated after three wins on Day 1 at women's rugby sevens

Alena Saili added a corner try near the end of the match to round out the scoring. The Canadians are looking to become the first host nation to win an event on the women's circuit.

The Olympic champions comfortably beat Spain 26-0 in their opener and their defence held firm once again as they recorded a second consecutive clean sheet in a 21-0 victory against Ireland.

"I'm so proud of the girls", she said."We just took it game by game".

Brittany Benn then claimed Canada's second try, before a Natasha Brennan run down the left flank set up good field position for England.

Canada found itself chasing New Zealand and Australia for much of last season, Landry said, so for the team to be where it is right now, competing well against the two traditional rugby powers, is a "big positive" for Canadian rugby. "It feels great. We're going to keep our momentum going".

New Zealand, who defeated Canada 17-7 in the final, are 14 points clear and look certain number one.

The next stop in the women's sevens series is June 24-25 in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

The semi-final against France was more of the same for the Black Ferns Sevens as they continued to improve through the tournament.

For Canada, it was less straightforward as they had to come from behind to beat Australia, who went on to beat France in the bronze final, but it was like the crowd in Westhills carried them over the line on occasion as they came back into the contest after an early Aussie try from inspirational captain Sharni Williams.

The Telecom Fijiana has won the Challenge Trophy of the Canada 7s after thrashing Spain 31-7 in the final this morning.

  • Zachary Reyes