They were mere seconds away from an undefeated tournament win, but New Zealand scored a last second try to defeat Canada in the gold medal game.
The Canadians came out swinging on day two, after a perfect 3-0 start to the tournament, Canada made short work of Russia by a score of 41-0 to advance to the Cup semi-final. In the semis, Canada once again shut out their opposition, this time a 33-0 win over the Australians to advance to the Cup Final.
Canada would take on New Zealand in the final game, and opened the scoring on a nice try by Hannah Darling as she would break numerous tackles before rumbling in for the try to give Canada the 7-0 lead. After a passing miscue tied the game, Canada once again shot in front thanks to a try from Jen Kish. With a two point lead in the dying seconds, the Canadians were on the ropes, and unfortunately gave up a last second try to New Zealand to seal the game and give the Kiwi’s the gold medal win. For Canada, a tough way to lose, but definitely nothing to be ashamed of, as the ladies gave it their all this weekend in Japan.