A hat-trick from Farella ensured the home fans went home happy after Canada beat Ireland 29-12 to finish fifth.

There were only seconds on the clock when she ran in her first try with Hannah Darling adding a second soon after. Audrey O’Flynn did cross for Ireland but Farella was in scintillating form on Sunday and raced home from distance twice more before Charity Williams also showed Canada’s fans that long-range tries are her forte as well.

Fiji had beaten England on day one, but their opponents gained revenge in a seventh place play-off featuring nine tries. A Vicky Fleetwood brace helped England to a 17-7 lead at half-time and there was no way back for Fiji with Emily Scott and Lydia Thompson touching down to seal the 29-24 victory and equal their best placing of the 2018 series.

Canada bounced back from the devastating loss to USA in the quarter-finals with a try-fest against England in the fifth place semi-final, scoring a number of long-range tries that had the home crowd on their feet. Farella was a constant thorn in England’s side, making a number of breaks, one which led to a try for Sara Kaljuvee and two for herself in the 35-12 victory.

Ireland had earlier capitalised on an ill-disciplined performance from Fiji that saw them receive two yellow cards and a red – the latter for Miriama Naiobasali. Louise Galvin gave Ireland the lead before Raijieli Daveua tied the scores. However, O’Flynn and Stacey Flood both touched down to wrap up the 19-7 victory for Ireland.

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