March 22, 2014 (ISN) – Canada came agonizingly close to claiming a place in the Cup semi-finals as they went down 10-14 late on to England at Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground on Day 2.
The team will now drop into the Plate competition where they face the USA, with kick-off for their semi-final clash set for 13:46 local (12:46am ET/09:46pm PT).
Canada 10-14 England
Line-up: 2 Chauncey O’Toole, 4 John Moonlight, 5 Conor Trainor, 6 Sean Duke, 9 Nathan Hirayama, 11 Harry Jones, 12 Mike Scholz
Canada were left to rue a decision that saw John Moonlight denied a score as they lost to England in a tight Cup quarter-final at Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground.
Despite trailing 0-7 at the break – after Marcus Watson had used his searing pace to good effect with two minutes played – Canada enjoyed a good finish to the opening stanza. This early recovery was made even more impressive after the team had to reshuffle when Nathan Hirayama was forced to leave the field due to an injury.
However, they couldn’t cross the whitewash before half-time and frustration boiled over for Harry Jones as he was shown a yellow card for throwing the ball away.
A numerical disadvantage did not faze Canada though as they returned from the break in excellent form, taking a firm grip on proceedings when Sean White and Mike Scholz crossed in a two-minute attacking spell from Geraint John’s charges.
Canada clearly had their tails up before a moment of controversy ultimately cost them a win when Moonlight was denied a try by referee Alex Ruiz, who adjudged he’d not grounded the ball on the whitewash – replays however showed otherwise.
England subsequently sniffed an opening and duly pounced through another of their pace men as with little time left Dan Norton finished off a counter attack that put them in front. Canada fought bravely until the end but could not cross again.
Canada’s Men’s Tokyo Sevens
Canada 40-5 Portugal
Canada 17-17 Wales
Canada 17-22 New Zealand
Canada 10-14 England
Canada vs. USA at 13:46 local (12:46am ET/09:46pm PT)
Canada’s Roster for Tokyo – (Club, CRC Team) Hometown, Province
Nanyak Dala – (Castaway Wanderers RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
Sean Duke – (UVic Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Lucas Hammond – (Toronto Nomads/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
Ciaran Hearn – (Castaway Wanderers RFC/The Rock) Conception Bay South, NL
Nathan Hirayama, Captain – (UVic Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Harry Jones – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) North Vancouver, BC
John Moonlight – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
Chauncey O’Toole – (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Belleisle, NB
Mike Scholz – (Castaway Wanderers RFC/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
Conor Trainor – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Jake Webster – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
Sean White – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Players Unavailable for Selection:
Connor Braid – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Justin Douglas – (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC
Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Pat Parfrey – (James Bay AA/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL
Senior Men’s Team Staff:
Geraint John – Head Coach
Morgan Williams – Assistant Coach
Danielle Mah – Physiotherapist
Calum Ramsay – Performance Analyst
Lorna Barry – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Brian Hunter – Manager