Canada have won the Bowl at the Port Elizabeth Sevens


(ISN) – PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA – Canada have won the Bowl at the Port Elizabeth Sevens after they beat Zimbabwe 22-5, Wales 24-14 and finally Kenya 24-5 in South Africa. The squad will now recover during the New Year period ahead of the fourth leg of the World Series, which takes place in Wellington, New Zealand on February 6.

team Canada Photo Ian Muir 

Canada 22-5 Zimbabwe

Canada got Day Two of the Port Elizabeth Sevens tournament off to a winning start on Sunday as they dispatched Zimbabwe 22-5 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Tries from Lucas Hammond, John Moonlight and Sean Duke’s excellent second-half brace saw Liam Middleton’s men into a Bowl semi-final showdown against Wales.

Canada started the Bowl quarter-final with real purpose as they looked to take out their frustration of missing out on the Cup competition on the non-core nation.

And it was playmaker Hammond who opened the scoring on four minutes when his lovely break up the middle preceded a strong fend en route to going over. Ciaran Hearn could not land the difficult conversion so the lead would only be five points.

Fortunately for Canada they would have a good buffer at the interval as captain Moonlight was sent down the left sideline to double the lead at the turnaround. The second-half would see Duke’s threat come to the fore as his strength and pace saw the wing cross in the eighth minute to make it 17-0 with Hearn’s extra two. Zimbabwe did reply through Tafadzwa Chitokwindo’s long-range effort but when Duke struck again just seconds later, Canada had the quarter-final win in the bag.


Mike Fuailefau Photo Ian Muir 

Canada 24-14 Wales

Canada produced one of the performances of their weekend as they fought back from 5-14 down to battle past Wales 24-14 in their Bowl semi-final on Sunday. It was the worst possible start for the Canadians when Hearn’s short kick-off was collected by Tomos Williams, who ran 50 metres to score after just ten seconds. Canada recovered though and in the third minute the in-form speedster Douglas celebrated his return to the side with a runaway score down the right sideline.

However, Welshman Williams did manage to cross before the break to take their lead to nine points which meant Canada would have it all to do in the second-half. They certainly showed a fighting spirit and with an early Conor Trainor score setting them on their way, Canada suddenly went for the kill against the Welsh, with further five-pointers going the way of Duke and Hearn as a Bowl final spot was booked.

Canada 24-5 Kenya

Canada picked up the Bowl title on Sunday as another strong performance saw them overcome Kenya by four tries to one at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Mike Fuailefau opened the scoring inside a minute when he slipped out of a tackle before showing good feet to stay in field and ground the ball. He almost added a second soon after too but lost possession over the try-line so it remained 5-0.

Canada would go in with a two-score buffer though as the fast improving Hammond spotted space on the blindside of a ruck to dot down in the left corner for 10-0. Following the turnaround it would be the Canadians crossing again as excellent vision from Duke saw him kick ahead before he showed searing pace to get to the ball long before any Kenyan defenders. Hearn’s successful extras made it 17-0.

The side coached by Paul Treu did manage to find a score of their own on twelve minutes when Michael Wanjala Wamalwa went over, but it would be Canada having the final say as Pat Kay raced over for his first Series try to seal the Bowl win.

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

Admir Cejvanovic – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Justin Douglas – (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC
Sean Duke – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Mike Fuailefau – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Lucas Hammond – (Toronto Nomads/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
Pat Kay – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Duncan, BC
Ciaran Hearn – (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay South, NL
John Moonlight – Captain (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
Jack Smith – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Lakefield, ON
Conor Trainor – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Sean White – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Adam Zaruba – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

Players Unavailable due to injury or other commitments:

Nanyak Dala – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack)
Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Nathan Hirayama – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Harry Jones – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) North Vancouver, BC
Liam Underwood – (Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON

Senior Men’s Team Staff:

Liam Middleton – Head Coach
Ben Herring – Assistant Coach
Danielle Mah – Physiotherapist
Lorna Barry – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Calum Ramsay – Performance Analyst
Brian Hunter – Manager

Port Elizabeth Sevens Schedule December 13-14


Day One Schedule:

Canada 14-12 Scotland
Canada 7-26 Fiji
Canada 21-24 France

Day Two Schedule:

Canada 22-5 Zimbabwe
Canada 24-14 Wales
Canada 24-5 Kenya

Men’s HSBC Sevens World Series Dates 2014-15

Australia 11-12 October 2014
Dubai 5-6 December 2014
South Africa 13-14 December 2014
New Zealand 6-7 February 2015
USA 13-15 February 2015
Hong Kong 27-29 March 2015
Japan 4-5 April 2015
Scotland 9-10 May 2015
England 16-17 May 2015