Canada faces familiar foe for fifth

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:19 PM ET

Canada will take on a familiar foe for fifth place at the Women's Rugby World Cup.

The fourth-ranked Canadian women bounced back from a disappointing round-robin loss to France to dispose of Scotland, 41-0, Wednesday at Surrey Sports Park in London, England. The win sets up the meeting with the Americans, who beat Ireland 40-3 in the other fifth-place semifinal.

Canada and the U.S. have faced each other 27 times in international competition, with the Americans holding a 15-12 advantage.

"We're so used to playing each other, it's a case of Groundhog Day plus six," Canadian coach John Long said.

Heather Moyse and Cheryl Phillips both scored a pair of tries for Canada, while Mandy Marchak and Maria Gallo both had one try. Anna Schell kicked four converts and one penalty to increase her tournament total to 36 points, good for second in the WRWC scoring race.

Canada went down two players in the second half when Heather Jaques and Corinne Jacobsen were both given yellow cards but still held on to the shutout win.

"(They were) absolutely fantastic," Long said. "There was a lot of character in there. Those forwards didn't want to give up, and nor did the centres. I was really pleased for them."

The fifth-place game goes Sunday at Surrey Sports Park.


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