Canada's Charity Williams, right, celebrates with teammate Ghislaine Landry, after winning the the women's rugby sevens bronze medal match against Britain. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
RIO DE JANEIRO -- What a difference a day makes.
Britain routed Canada 22-0 on Sunday afternoon in women’s rugby sevens pool play, but in a rematch 30 hours later with hardware on the line, things changed dramatically.
Canada led 26-5 at halftime on Monday and rolled to a 33-10 victory to claim the bronze medals. It was the first time women have played the sport at the Games, so Canada earned the distinction of becoming the first women's team to medal.
Ghislaine Landry was the star for Canada. She had a try and three conversions for 11 total points in the first half, then she closed out the scoring with a converted try.
It was a good evening for North America -- the United States defeated France 19-5 in the fifth-place match earlier.
Australia capped off the night by defeating New Zealand 24-15 in the gold medal match.