LAS VEGAS — Canada's women's sevens team won bronze at the USA Sevens after beating the United States 31-7 on Saturday night.
Canada earned 16 points in the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series standings where they remain in third place.
New Zealand gained another 20 points in Las Vegas with its second tournament win of the season as it continues to lead the series standings with 56 points. Australia stays in second place on 50 points after losing to New Zealand in the cup final, while Canada now has 46 points and a 10-point cushion on fourth-place Fiji.
"Pretty pleased overall, we played some really good rugby," said head coach John Tait. "We just made a few too many mistakes against Australia and they showed their class and why they are gold medal Olympic champions. They punish you for errors. We kind of gifted them a couple soft ones early on. I was really pleased with the way they came back and responded with a really good performance against the USA."
Canada advanced to the USA Sevens cup semifinals after an impressive 33-0 win over France early Saturday morning but was eliminated from cup contention with a 26-19 loss to Australia.
"Every game except for our semifinal was a really good team performance," said Canadian captain Ghislaine Landry. "That was on point across the board. We are just looking to put six games together and we fell off one and it cost us that."
Landry finished the tournament first in scoring with 66 points. She moved into first place all-time in HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series scoring with 706 points while also moving into first in series scoring this season with 131 points.
It was the second straight tournament the teams met in the cup semifinals after Canada beat Australia last month before winning capturing the Sydney Sevens.
After finishing in sixth place to open the season in Dubai, Canada has finished first and third in the last two events.
The quarter-final win over France was Canada's seventh-straight win on the series, their longest win streak in World Rugby Women's Sevens Series history.
Caroline Crossley picked up her first ever series try.