Day one updates from Port Elizabeth

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December 7, 2013 (ISN) – Canada lost their opening two pool fixtures of the Port Elizabeth Sevens, going down 7-24 to South Africa and 12-24 to Kenya at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Their next game will come against Spain and kicks-off at 12:36pm ET/9:36am PT

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Canada 7-24 South Africa

Line-up: 3 Nanyak Dala, 4 John Moonlight, 5 Conor Trainor, 7 Phil Mack, 9 Justin Douglas, 10 Ciaran Hearn, 11 Harry Jones.

Canada lost to an emotional Blitzbokke side in their opening game in Port Elizabeth.

Following a minute’s silence in memory of Nelson Mandela, the game began with Canada on the front foot as Ciaran Hearn’s kick-off put the hosts under pressure.

However, South Africa weathered the barrage of strong tackling and managed to break downfield where Sampie Mastriet slipped a diving tackle from Harry Jones to go in close to the right touchline. The kick was missed to leave Canada 0-5 adrift.

That prompted South Africa to move up through the gears, with Canada needing to keep an eye on Branco du Preez and Cecil Afrika. Unfortunately the latter’s step inside saw him go in under the posts to allow Du Preez the simple extras for 0-12.

Canada needed to get their hands on the ball before half-time but there was little territory or possession coming their way. And in fact it would be the hosts to finish with a flourish when Kyle Brown went over with the half’s final play, making it 0-17.

Geraint John’s words with the team seemed to have a positive effect after the break as Canada were the next scorers when Phil Mack ducked under a tackle before diving over close to the uprights. His kick pulled Canada back to within ten points.

However, the final say would go the way of South Africa when replacement Kwagga Smith crossed to seal the win, with Canada having to regroup before facing Kenya.

Canada 12-24 Kenya

Line-up: 3 Nanyak Dala, 4 John Moonlight, 5 Conor Trainor, 7 Phil Mack, 9 Justin Douglas, 10 Ciaran Hearn, 11 Harry Jones.

Canada found themselves five minutes away from victory against Kenya before two second-half scores from the African side saw them secure a key win on Saturday.

The defeat means John’s men cannot qualify for the Cup competition and go into their final group game against Spain desperate for a morale-boosting triumph.

Ciaran Hearn got things underway with another of his outstanding kick-offs, which caused the opposition problems whilst also allowing Canada to apply defensive pressure. They did just that with territory enjoyed for the opening four minutes.

However, Kenya would soon strike and went over through Leonard Mugaisi before Biko Adema slotted the extra two points to make it 0-7 to the well-supported locals.

Canada would impressively hit back before the break when Harry Jones crossed for a well-worked try that levelled the arrears at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Things would further improve after half-time as a numerical advantage came when Andrew Amonde was yellow carded for deliberately slapping down the ball, with Canada taking full advantage when Justin Douglas finished off a score on the right.

But Kenya regrouped in the final four minutes as tries from Horace Otieno and then Collins Injera in the dying embers of the game sent Canada to a painful defeat.

Port Elizabeth Sevens – December 7-8, 2013

Day One:

  • Canada 7-24 South Africa
  • Canada 12-24 Kenya
  • Canada vs. Spain at 7:36pm local time (12:36pm ET/9:36am PT)

Canada’s Roster for Port Elizabeth – (Club, CRC Team) Hometown, Province:

  • Nanyak Dala – (Castaway Wanderers RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
  • Justin Douglas – (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC
  • Ciaran Hearn – (Castaway Wanderers RFC/The Rock) Conception Bay South, NL
  • Harry Jones – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) North Vancouver, BC
  • Pat Kay – (Uvic Vikes/BC Bears) Duncan, BC
  • Adam Kleeberger – (Castaway Wanderers RFC/BC Bears) White Rock, BC
  • Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
  • Duncan Maguire – (St. Albert Rugby Club/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
  • John Moonlight – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
  • Pat Parfrey – (Swilers RFC/The Rock) St. Johns, NL
  • Mike Scholz – (Castaway Wanderers RFC/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
  • Conor Trainor – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

Players Unavailable due to injury or overseas commitments:

  • Connor Braid – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, 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
  • Nathan Hirayama – (UVic Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
  • Taylor Paris – (Agen) Barrie, ON
  • Jake Webster – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON

Senior Men’s Team Staff:

  • Geraint John – Head Coach
  • Kieran Crowley – Assistant Coach
  • Danielle Mah – Physiotherapist
  • Lorna Barry – Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Brian Hunter – Manager

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