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Canada defeats Russia to win bronze at World Rugby Women’s Sevens in Sydney

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Bronze medial winner Canada, silver medal winner New Zealand, and gold medal winner Australia celebrate after Day 3 of the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in Sydney. (Mike Lee/KLC fotos/World Rugby)

SYDNEY, Australia — Canada has earned another medal at the Sydney Sevens, just not the same colour as 2017.

The Canadian women’s team beat Russia 40-12 Sunday at the World Series event to claim the bronze medal — a year after winning the tournament title.

Australia defeated New Zealand 31-0 in the championship match.

Julia Greenshields led the Canadians with two tries, including one in the match’s opening minute to set the tone. Caroline Crossley, Breanne Nicholas, Jen Kish and Kayla Moleschi added a try apiece while Ghislaine Landry had five conversions.

Canada missed out on making it to the gold medal game for the second year in a row after falling 26-0 on Saturday in the semifinals against New Zealand.

Olympic champion Australia beat New Zealand 31-0 for gold.

The Canadians finished first in Pool C after going 3-0 during the opening day of competition at the 12-nation tournament and finished the tournament 5-1.

Seven members of the Canadian roster are holdovers from the bronze-winning side at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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