Canadians beat Australia and enter the world’s top 3 in rugby union

Canadians beat Australia and enter the world’s top 3 in rugby union
Canadians beat Australia and enter the world’s top 3 in rugby union

The Canadians beat the Australians 33-14 in Sydney, Australia in the Pacific Four rugby union series, a four-team tournament.

Sara Cline and McKinley Hunt each scored two tries to help Canada win.

At halftime, the Canadians led 19 to 7. In the 47th minute, they were caught behind, but outnumbered, they defended their territory well and the Australians were unable to come back to the score.

DaLeaka Menin scored one, and team captain Sophie de Goede made four conversion kicks.

In rugby union, a try is worth five points (since 1992) and the conversion is worth two additional points.

Our backs played very well today, said de Goede. They fed our attackers well. It was a great team effort.

It was the first clash between the two teams on Australian soil.

The Pacific Four series is an international competition created in 2021, contested by Australia, Canada, the United States and New Zealand. During the first edition, only Canada and the United States participated, with the teams from Australia and New Zealand being blocked due to the global pandemic. They joined the competition in 2022.

The Canadians won the first edition, the New Zealanders, the next two (by beating the Canadians).

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Captain Sophie de Goede in the Canada uniform in November 2023

Photo: Getty Images / Dave Rowland

This victory allows the Canadians to overtake France and move up to third place in the world.

The fifth-ranked Australian Wallaroos team couldn’t find a way to stop the Canadians’ attack.

The Canadians won their first match of the series, 50-7, against the Americans, played on April 28 in Carson, California.

The New Zealanders, ranked second in the world, crushed the Americans, 57-5, Friday in Hamilton (296 km west of Melbourne).

The Canadians will play their last match on May 19 of the series against the world champions, the Black Ferns (black ferns) from New Zealand to Christchurch.

This duel will decide the winning team of the Pacific Four series.

I am particularly proud of our scrimmages, said Canadian coach Kevin Rouet. It is important to show that we master our game situations, regardless of our opponents.

The Canadians finished second in the last edition of the Pacific Four series. They were beaten 52 to 21 by the New Zealanders in front of 10,092 spectators in Ottawa.

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