May 4, 2014 (ISN) – Canada have booked their place in a first IRB World Series Cup Final after beating Kenya and Scotland on Day Two at the Glasgow Sevens on Sunday. Kick-off for the final against New Zealand is 18:50 local (1:50pm ET/10:20am PT).
Canada 14-5 Kenya
Canada have progressed to their second Cup semi-final of the Sevens season after defeating Kenya 14-5 in a wet weather fixture at Scotstoun Stadium on Sunday.
It wasn’t pretty as conditions played a major part in the contest but Canada were worthy winners as they booked a last-four showdown with host nation Scotland.
Canada, who made one change to their side that drew with England as Connor Braid returned, started strongly when two tries in as many minutes floored Kenya.
The first of those scores came via wonderful breakdown work and then attacking elusiveness from Phil Mack, who found Conor Trainor on his shoulder who in turn set up Mike Scholz for his fifth try of the weekend. Mack’s conversion made it 7-0.
Canada struck again a minute later as Harry Jones showed pace to go over, with Mack’s kick extending the lead before the slippery ball saw both sides struggle.
Kenya did improve after the turnaround and went over just 28 seconds into the second-half when veteran Collins Injera crossed but Canada stayed calm in the closing stages and comfortably held on to set up a semi-final clash with Scotland.
Canada 10-7 Scotland
Canada will feature in their first ever Cup Final on the IRB World Sevens Series after beating Scotland 10-7 in their last-four clash at Scotstoun Stadium.
The result was yet another positive for the ever-improving squad as they played with patience and intelligence, typified by their decision to kick three points from a penalty that ultimately proved decisive in overcoming the host nation.
Scrum-half Phil Mack was the lone scorer for Canada, going over for a well-taken try in the tenth minute after good work from the impressive Connor Braid.
That effort came after a scoreless first-half as both sides looked nervous under the pressure of looking to book a debut Cup Final appearance on the Series.
Canada though displayed the greater calmness in the second stanza as with the score at 7-0, they opted to kick for goal with a minute to go and Mack made no mistake, which meant Scott Riddell’s late converted try came only as a consolation.
Canada’s Men’s Glasgow Sevens
May 3-4 – Day One
Canada 52-0 Japan
Canada 28-12 France
Canada 7-7 England
Canada 14-5 Kenya
Canada 10-7 Scotland
Canada vs New Zealand at 18:50 local (1:50pm ET/10:20am 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