Day Three Updates From Men’s RWC 7s

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Written by Mark Sheldon – Rugby Canada Contributor

June 30, 2013, (ISN) – Canada have progressed to the Men’s Rugby World Cup Sevens Plate Final after beating Tonga and now Scotland in impressive performances on Day 3 in Moscow.

Geraint John’s men are on a four-match winning run following Saturday’s wins over the USA and Georgia and face Samoa in the Final at 11:45AM EST / 08:45AM PST.

Canada 26-0 Tonga

Line-up: 2 Thyssen de Goede, 4 John Moonlight, 6 Sean Duke, 7 Phil Mack, 9 Nathan Hirayama, 10 Ciaran Hearn, 11 Harry Jones.

Canada put in an assured showing to overcome Tonga 26-0 in their Plate quarter-final, setting up a meeting with Scotland in the last four of their Moscow action.

First-half scores came from Ciaran Hearn (2) while Nathan Hirayama and Nanyak Dala added one apiece in the second period as the Canadians cantered to victory.

Canada came into the game knowing it was win or bust due to the competition’s format and they duly rose to the occasion, playing some excellent rugby to win.

Their rampant style began right from the kick-off as Sean Duke would eventually reclaim possession, which led to a spell of promising territory for the squad. And that eventually paid off as Tonga were stung just when they thought the threat had been negated, with Hearn racing over down the left wing from 40 meters out.

One feature of Canada’s performance was the goal-kicking of Hirayama and his successful wide effort from Hearn’s score impressed. Unfortunately, his only miss came when Hearn went in for his second try on five minutes, this time on the right.

Canada were looking comfortable and when Hirayama scored a superb individual score off first-phase line-out ball, it was now 19-0 with John’s charges cruising.

The team wasn’t finished there though as replacement Dala went over for arguably the best try of Canada’s four with three minutes remaining. His third score of the weekend arrived following excellent link play that was a fitting way to cap the win.

Canada 21-7 Scotland

Line-up: 2 Thyssen de Goede, 4 John Moonlight, 6 Sean Duke, 7 Phil Mack, 9 Nathan Hirayama, 10 Ciaran Hearn, 11 Harry Jones.

Canada booked their place in the Rugby World Cup Plate Final after securing a superb come-from-behind win over Scotland at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

The team’s weekend has gone from strength to strength and this performance further enhanced their standing in front of the watching audience around the world.

Despite going 0-7 down when Chris Dean scored down the left with two minutes remaining of a closely-fought first period that saw Canada lose Hearn to a yellow card, John’s men demonstrated real character to recover and claim the victory.

The second-half was all Canada as super substitute Dala started the comeback, powering over for his fourth try of the Rugby World Cup weekend to level matters, with Hirayama’s easy extras adding to the momentum that was building in Moscow.

Canada would then demonstrate their gritty defense, which forced the turnover to allow John Moonlight to finish off following great work from Hirayama and Phil Mack. Mack’s busy tendencies have been a major plus on Saturday and Sunday and, as mentioned, it contributed to the team moving ahead of the first time in the game.

14-7 soon became 21-7 when captain Hirayama ghosted around Sevens stalwart Andrew Turnbull on the right before continued rugged tackling saw out the triumph.

RWC Sevens Viewing Schedule – June 28-30


Day One–

Canada 12 – 31 New Zealand

Day Two– LIVE on

Canada 15 – 14 USA

Canada 26 – 19 Georgia

Day Three– LIVE on

Canada 26 – 0 Tonga

Canada 21 – 7 Scotland

Canada v Samoa at 19:45 local (11:45AM EST / 08:45AM PST)


Day Two–

Canada 17 – 7 Netherlands

Canada 43 – 0 Tunisia

Canada 5 – 20 New Zealand

Day Three

Canada 15 – 12 Russia

Canada 10 -0 Spain

Canada v New Zealand at 21:00 local (13:45PM EST / 10:45AM PST)

Canada’s Roster for Moscow – (Club, CRC Team) Hometown

Nanyak Dala – (Castaway Wanderers RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK

Thyssen De Goede – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC

Justin Douglas – (Abbotsford RFC/BC Bears) Abbotsford, BC

Sean Duke – (UVic Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

Mike Fuailefau – (Castaway Wanderers RFC/BC Bears) Victoria, BC

Lucas Hammond – (Toronto Nomads/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON

Ciaran Hearn – (Castaway Wanders RFC/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay, NL

Nathan Hirayama – (UVic Vikes/BC Bears) Richmond, BC (Captain)

Harry Jones – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) West Vancouver, BC

Phil Mack – (Uvic Vikes/ BC Bears) Victoria, BC

John Moonlight – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON

Taylor Paris – (SU Agen Lot-et-Garonne) Barrie, ON

Head Coach: Geraint John

Assistant Coach: Kieran Crowley

Manager: Brian Hunter

Therapist: Isabel Grondin

Strength & Conditioning/Analyst: Lorna Barry

Canada’s National Senior Men’s Sevens Team is proudly sponsored by Macquarie Financial, Trafigura and Own the Podium with Support from Sport Canada