Black Ferns Sevens crash out in quarter-finals at Kitakyushu Sevens

Niall Williams of New Zealand gets dumped on her back in a tackle in the draw against Russia

GETTY IMAGESNiall Williams of New Zealand gets dumped on her back in a tackle in the draw against Russia

It was a far cry from a year ago when the injury-ravaged Canadian women finished 11th in Japan in one of their worst performances on the circuit.

The Canadians, third overall in the standings, will next play No. 7 Russian Federation in the Cup quarter-finals on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. ET. "Time was out and we were losing and we knew that if we kept the ball, we could score".

Canada's victory moved them to second place in the series standings with 66 points, now only six behind New Zealand who finished fifth in Kitakyushu. Bronze medallists United States of America have slipped to third as a result on 64 points with defending series champions Australia fourth with 56 and France fifth on 46.

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The win also gives the women a big boost as the Tokyo Olympic games approach.

"Everything we did, they (England) had an answer for on defense", Landry said. I don't think we hit our stride fully in this tournament and that is encouraging as we won. Canada will be returning home to Victoria at 2:30 p.m.at the Victoria International Airport.

England looked on course to claim their first Cup title in three years after taking a 5-0 lead following Amy Wilson Hardy's try late in the first half.

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Greenshields, a graduate of St. Clair Secondary School and the Sarnia Saints program, scored a try in a 24-12 win over the U-S in the semifinals.

Farella and Williams each scored two tries in the 42-19 win over No. 11 China.

Landry and Paquin, in her first sevens event since the Rio Olympics, were named to the tournament Dream Team.

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