Canada beats Brazil to win both Olympic rugby matches on first day in Rio
A powerful Karen Paquin try just 37 seconds into the match set the tone for Canada as it beat Brazil 38-0 for their second win on Saturday.
“The crowd is amazing here, we come here and there’s this atmosphere, the best in the world and there were a lot of Canadian fans in the stands.” Paquin told olympic.ca shortly after the team’s win.
With a fleet of Canadians cheering them on, Bianca Farella, Jen Kish and Kayla Moleschi also picked up tries against Brazil. Continuing the momentum from Rugby Canada’s inaugural women’s Olympic match, which ended in a 45-0 victory over Japan.
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The other team in Canada’s group is Great Britain, the world power in traditional rugby figures to be formidable in the sevens version in Rio, combining all of its home nations after England earned the Olympic berth.
“We are gonna play GB (Great Britain), it’s a strong team. If (we) make any mistakes, they are gonna capitalize on it.” Said team captain Kish.
“We had no points against us today, we look to carry that on tomorrow.”
When Canada meets Great Britain on Sunday, the teams will play for first place in the group, before moving on to the knockout stage.