Hong Kong (ISN) – After a disappointing start to day two of the Hong Kong Sevens, Rugby Canada’s National Senior Men’s Sevens Team was able to rebound with a close 10-7 win over Spain.
John Moonlight got Canada on the board in the 3rd minute, scoring a try in the corner that captain Nathan Hirayama was unable to convert. The rest of the half was scoreless; Canada led 5-0 at the break.
With better discipline than their opponents, Canada was able to expand the lead to 10-0 in the second half when Spain had a player sin-binned.
On the resulting penalty kick from the yellow card, Canada pulled off a cross-field kick that allowed Taylor Paris to score in the corner.
Although down to six men, the Europeans managed a late try and conversion through substitute Cesare Sempere. At the final whistle, Canada emerged with a three-point margin for a very important win.
“A pleasing end to the day after a disappointing start against Zimbabwe,” said Canada coach Geraint John. “Players showed far more energy and enjoyment with better skill level in the last game and we could have scored a couple more against a very good Spanish team who will be a test for anyone tomorrow.”
” The day was bizarre with many results not going according to seeding and past results and form. Tonga lost to Hong Kong who played exceptionally well and won all three of their games.”
“Our plan now is to recover, get food inside us and relax for the rest of evening before we have an early start Sunday morning. Our game kicks off at 10.28 local time – which will mean that the day will start at around 6.30am!”
In the other third round game in Pool E, Zimbabwe beat Philippines 21-17.
With the all important win over previously undefeated Spain, Canada tops the table in Pool E. The Canadians will now face Russia in the Competition 2 quarter-finals.
The other quarter-finalists are Hong Kong, Japan, Tonga, Portugal, Spain and Zimbabwe.