Plate Semi-Final Seals Season-Best Finish for Canada In LV

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Media Release – LAS VEGAS, NV – Canada’s Men Sevens Team couldn’t book successive Las Vegas finals on Sunday as they lost out 0-17 to Australia in their Plate semi–final at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Mike Fuailefau proves hard to bring down as a power runner. Fuailefau broken many tackers in the course of the game to gain vaulable turf – Eric Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Up against their former coach, Geraint John, the Canadians were looking to bounce back from yesterday’s defeat to USA with a performance like the ones that did for England and Argentina in the pool. Unfortunately, Australia were too hot to handle.

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John Moonlight, Team Canada captain and member of Victoria’s JBAA Rugby Club, runs the ball laterally along the Aussie defensive line looking for a hloe to squirt through and up field. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Tries in the first-half from Aussie’s Cameron Clark, Allan Fa’alava’au and Nicholas Malouf left Canada with a mountain to climb in the second stanza and while they improved, the task proved too great as aspirations of making another Las Vegas final ended.

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Conor Trainor, running the sideline hand checks his opponent to no avail. Australia wold be relentless in their defensive attack – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Team Canada Coach Liam Middleton would comment on his teams performance in the tournament, “Overall we did some good things this weekend. We were top of our pool and defeated England and Argentina, which is a big achievement for this side, which is a mixed side in terms of experience. In the last two games we didn’t piece it together well enough and we know what we need to do to fix the errors, and these are medium to long issues that need to be developed among our side. We’re on the right and we’re going to build into it over time,” said coach Middleton.

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One consolation for Canada, who now take a break until the World Sevens Series resumes in Hong Kong on March 27-29, is that qualification for Saturday’s Cup action means they collect a much-needed ten points, their highest of the season.

Watch all the of the Sevens action on WorldRugby.org.

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