May 3, 2014 (ISN) – Canada got their Glasgow Sevens campaign off to the best possible start on Saturday as they beat Japan 52-0 and France 28-12 to book Cup qualification.
Their third pool game is against England, with kick-off at 12:31pm ET/9:31am PT.
Canada 52-0 Japan
Canada opened their pool campaign at the Glasgow Sevens with a comprehensive 52-0 triumph against Japan that saw them cross eight times at Scotstoun Stadium.
Mike Scholz grabbed a hat-trick while Harry Jones, Connor Braid, John Moonlight, Mike Fuailefau and Sean White also went over as the team hit their straps ahead of upcoming games against France and England at the penultimate leg of the Series.
It was Scholz who opened the scoring for Canada in the second minute as he went over from long-range before Jones crossed in similar style to make it a 12-0 lead.
The floodgates had now opened for Geraint John’s men as confidence grew in the ranks, with Braid and Moonlight getting their names on the scoresheet before the break to make the teamtalk a simple one. More of the same was John’s message.
And that was what happened following the turnaround as Japan, who secured core team status for 2014/15 at the recent Hong Kong showpiece, struggled to contain a rampant Canada as Scholz, Fuailefau and White went over before Scholz’s third.
Canada 28-12 France
Canada booked a fifth successive Cup appearance on the IRB World Sevens Series after they recorded a 28-12 victory over France in their second match of the day.
Despite going 0-7 down when Julien Candelon’s effort was converted by Terry Bouhraoua inside a minute, John’s outfit showed real maturity in their recovery.
Indeed, the comeback began while Canada were down a player after Connor Braid was yellow carded for accidentally pulling the hair of Bouhraoua as he looked to fell the scrum-half. With two minutes at a disadvantage, Canada needed to be smart.
Unbelievably though it was Canada, looking to back up their 52-0 win over Japan earlier on Saturday, who struck while Braid watched on and it was in some style. Conor Trainor was the scorer as he chipped a loose pass into his grasp before racing through a hole en route to the uprights for an excellent levelling score.
Canada weren’t done there though in the half as with Braid now back on, Scholz would grab his fourth try of the day as Canada went in at half-time 14-7 ahead.
France were struggling to limit their handling errors and in the second-half it would be their undoing. From a sustained passage on the Canadian line, a mistake led to Sean Duke showing his searing pace from distance to create a welcome cushion.
Jeremy Aicardi did reduce the arrears with a try but the missed conversion meant France still needed two further scores to recover with time almost up in Glasgow.
Fittingly it would be Canada who had the final say though as captain John Moonlight went over for the game’s final try, which added the gloss to the well-worked victory.
Canada’s Men’s Glasgow Sevens
May 3-4 – Day One
Canada 52-0 Japan
Canada 28-12 France
Canada vs England at 17:31 local (12:31pm ET/9:31am PT)
Canada’s Roster for Glasgow – (Club, CRC Team) Hometown, Province
John Moonlight (captain) – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
Adam Kleeberger – (Castaway Wanderers RFC/BC Bears) White Rock, BC
Mike Scholz – (Castaway Wanderers RFC/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
Connor Braid – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Mike Fuailefau – (Castaway Wanderers) Victoria, BC
Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Harry Jones – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) North Vancouver, BC
Conor Trainor – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Sean Duke – (UVic Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Sean White – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Pat Kay – (Uvic Vikes/BC Bears) Duncan, BC
Duncan Maguire – (St. Albert Rugby Club/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
Nanyak Dala – (Castaway Wanderers RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
Nathan Hirayama – (UVic Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Ciaran Hearn – (Castaway Wanderers RFC/The Rock) Conception Bay South, NL
Chauncey O’Toole – (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Belleisle, NB
Lucas Hammond – (Toronto Nomads/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
Jake Webster – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
Justin Douglas – (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC
Jordan Wilson Ross – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Alliston, ON
Pat Parfrey – (James Bay AA/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL
Sean Ferguson – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
Senior Men’s Team Staff:
Geraint John – Head Coach
Kieran Crowley – Assistant Coach
Danielle Mah – Physiotherapist
Calum Ramsay – Performance Analyst
Lorna Barry – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Brian Hunter – Manager