Coming up against France in the round of 16, Canada got off to the perfect start when captain Phil Berna went over to give them an early lead. It didn’t last long, however, as Jean Pascal Barraque retrieved a kick which hugged the sideline before touching down to level the score.
Canada thought they had retaken the lead twice on the stroke of half time but tries for Thomas Isherwood and Thiel were ruled out by the TMO on both occasions.
In the second half, Nelson Epee gave France the lead with consecutive tries in the eighth and 11th minutes respectively. Canada responded almost immediately, though, as Brock Webster broke through to score his first try of the tournament to make it 19-12, which is how the match ended.
Tomorrow, Canada’s Men’s team will get the action underway in their Challenge quarter-finals match at 5:31am ET/ 2:31am PT, while the Women’s team will face the USA in the Championship quarter-finals at 4:05pm ET/1:05pm PT.