Canada overcame a stubborn quarterfinal opponent on Sunday in women’s Olympic rugby, beating France 15-5 to secure a spot in the semifinals against Australia.
“France is a good quality side. We made some mistakes and they capitalized on that, but we didn’t give up, we kept fighting, we brushed it off and as you can see we walked away with the win.” Said team captain Jen Kish. “I’m very excited and very proud of these girls.”
Kish had a lot to be proud of, after as her teammates Kayla Moleschi, Bianca Farella and Ghislaine Landry scored tries to help Canada to its first knockout stage victory. The Canadians will now have a chance at one of the historic first medals in the inaugural women’s Olympic rugby tournament.
“We believe that we belong, we believe that the work that we did will get us into the gold medal match, but we gotta execute and put the foot down on the throttle and keep moving forward.” Added Kish.
Next up, Canada will face Australia in the semifinals on Monday, August 8th.