Olympian Heather Moyse is again making her mark for Canada, this time on a rugby pitch.
Moyse, a gold medalist in two-woman bobsled during the Vancouver Games, scored three tries to lead Canada to a 40-10 win over Sweden Tuesday in the Women's Rugby World Cup.
After two bonus-point wins – four points for winning, one for scoring more than four tries – to open the tournament in London, England, fourth-ranked Canada leads its pool with 10 points. Third-ranked France is second in the pool with eight points.
The two teams meet in their round-robin finales Saturday to determine who will advance to the semifinals at Twickenham Stoop. The top team in each pool plus the second-place finisher with the most points get berths in the semifinals.
Canada would clinch a spot in the semis by beating France but would also advance with a tie and could still sneak in with a close loss. France beat Canada in the bronze-medal game of the 2006 WRWC.
"The game against France is going to be a humdinger," Canadian coach John Long said. "It’s fourth versus third and we lost at Stade (de France) to them. Both (teams) know that both of us are going to bring it. They’ll put their strongest side out against us, something they haven’t done yet, and it’s going to be one hell of a game."
Canada scored six tries against Sweden to earn the bonus point. Moyse, the tournament scoring leader at the 2006 WRWC in Edmonton, had the hat trick, Ashley Patzer had two tries, Mandy Marchak scored one try and Anna Schnell kicked five converts.
Charlotta Westin-Vines scored Sweden's lone try and Ulrika Andersson-Hall booted a penalty and convert.
Canada started strong against the Swedes, opening the scoring on a try by Marchak in the first minute. Patzer also scored in the first minute of the second half.
"Once we were able to get our hands on the ball and were able to get a little momentum we found our groove, but we gave up a lot of penalties and weren’t able to find that groove as much as we would’ve liked," said Schnell, the second-leading scorer in the tournament.
Also Tuesday, France beat Scotland 17-7 and Ireland turned in the major upset of the tournament so far, surprising the United States 22-12.