Han­nah Dar­ling, Canada edged by Eng­land

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - EXAMINER STAFF

War­saw’s Han­nah Dar­ling and Team Canada won’t have Com­mon­wealth Games bronze to go with their Olympic bronze.

Canada was edged 24-19 by Eng­land in the women’s sevens rugby bronze medal game Sun­day at the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games in Gold Coast, Aus­tralia.

Ear­lier Sun­day Canada fell 33-7 to the host Aus­tralia team in the semi­fi­nals.

Aus­tralia faced New Zealand in the gold medal game.

Canada, which won bronze at the 2016 Sum­mer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was without team cap­tain Jen Kish at the Com­mon­wealth Games due to in­jury.

Eng­land re­bounded af­ter los­ing 26-5 to New Zealand in the other semi­fi­nal.

Canada won its open­ing two pool games Fri­day, with Dar­ling earn­ing a try in each game, but lost to New Zealand 24-7 in their fi­nal pool game Satur­day.

A bronze medal would have in­creased Canada’s to­tal at the games to 83, one more than the 82 earned four years ago in Glas­gow. The men’s bas­ket­ball team col­lected medal No. 82 ear­lier Sun­day in an 87-47 loss to Aus­tralia.

Eng­land led 19-0 in a first half that saw Canada leak two tries while cap­tain Ghis­laine Landry was off on a yel­low card for a de­lib­er­ate knock­down.

Bianca Farella scored a try for Canada on the stroke of half­time, but the English added another try early in the sec­ond half to in­crease their lead to 24-5.

Tries by Char­ity Wil­liams and Sara Kalju­vee nar­rowed the deficit to 24-19 as a des­per­ate Canada turned up the in­ten­sity with Han­nah Dar­ling driv­ing Jes­sica Breach into the turf with a bone-jar­ring tackle.

The come­back looked to be com­plete when Wil­liams beat two de­fend­ers down the touch­line late in the game, but her loop­ing pass was knocked on by Ju­lia Green­shields.

Eng­land re­tained the ball from the en­su­ing scrum and kicked it out to end the game when the hooter sounded.

WIL­LIAM WEST AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Canada’s Han­nah Dar­ling (sec­ond from right) is tack­led by the Kenyan de­fence in their women’s rugby sevens match on Fri­day.

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