May 10, 2014, LONDON, ENGLAND (ISN) – Following a hugely successful weekend in Glasgow where Canada finished a best-ever second place, Canada opened Day One of the London Sevens with a disappointing win, loss and draw record against USA, Samoa and Kenya.
Due to the last-second try against Kenya, Canada narrowly missed their sixth consecutive Cup Quarter-Final based on points, and will face Japan in tomorrow’s Bowl QF.
Canada’s Men’s London Seven
May 10-11 – Day One
Canada 12 – 19 Samoa
Canada opened Day One of the London Sevens with a disappointing loss to Samoa. Canada’s tries were scored by Sean Duke and Harry Jones, and Phil Mack – who is playing in his 50th all-time tournament for Canada – added the conversion. Samoa’s points were tries from Faalemiga Selesele and Tia Mealoi and Fautau Otto scored the final try and added one conversion.
Canada 22 – 19 USA
Connor Braid played the hero in the second game of the London Sevens, as his two late tries sealed a 19-point come back for Canada over USA to win 22-19. USA dominated possession in the first half and scored scored three tries to lead 19-0 at the break, but Geraint John’s side held strong in the second frame and scored two from Braid, Sean Duke and Harry Jones to complete the come back.
Canada 17 – 17 Kenya
Canada needed a win in their final match of the day against Kenya to put them into the top eight, but it wouldn’t be for Geraint John’s men, as a last-second try by Felix Ayange levelled the score 17-17. With the draw, Kenya finished the pool stages in second position over Canada based on points-for and against. Canada’s tries were scored by John Moonlight, Justin Douglas and Sean Duke, while Kenya’s tallies were from Michael Agevi, Billy Odhiambo and Ayange.
Canada’s Men’s London Seven
May 10-11 – Day Two
Canada vs. Japan at 10:06am local time (5:06am ET/2:06am PT)
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Canada’s Roster for London – (Club, CRC Team) Hometown, Province
Connor Braid – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Justin Douglas – (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC
Sean Duke – (UVic Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Mike Fuailefau – (Castaway Wanderers) Victoria, BC
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 (captain) – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
Conor Trainor – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Sean White – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, 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
Canada’s Men’s Sevens Program is proudly sponsored by Sport Canada and Own the Podium.