(ISN) – Canada started off Day Three at the Hong Kong Sevens with a 21-10 victory against Kenya on Sunday, which booked their place in the Bowl semi-finals.
The squad will take on France, who overcame Portugal, in that fixture, which is scheduled to start at 2:18pm local time (11:18pm PT on Saturday/2:18am ET).
Canada 21-10 Kenya
Canada got back to winning ways at the Hong Kong Sevens after battling to a 21-10 victory over Kenya in their Bowl quarter-final, which kicked off Day Three’s action.
Despite suffering an early setback when Andrew Amonde dived over down the short-side, the Canadians recovered well and ultimately won by one score.
Canada’s first try would only come in the fifth minute but it was worth the wait as Lucas Hammond’s inside ball found Harry Jones, who raced over for what was a converted score before John Moonlight pounced on loose ball to double the account.
With the Canadians 14-5 in front going into the second-half the next score was always going to be critical and it went the way of Kenya, with Bush Mwale racing 40 metres to reduce the arrears to just four points with four minutes remaining.
But Canada saw stood firm in their own 22 for a period of Kenyan pressure and in fact sealed the win in the closing stages when replacement Sean White finished off on the right wing to book the team’s place in the semi-finals of the Bowl.
Canada’s Roster for Hong Kong and Tokyo – (Club, CRC Team) Hometown, Province
Admir Cejvanovic – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Mike Scholz – (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
Mike Fuailefau – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Justin Douglas – (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC
Lucas Hammond – (Toronto Nomads/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
Harry Jones – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) North Vancouver, BC
Ciaran Hearn – (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay South, NL
Pat Kay – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Duncan,BC
John Moonlight – Captain (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
Conor Trainor – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Liam Underwood – (Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
Sean Duke – (UVIC Vikes/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:
Nanyak Dala – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack)
Nathan Hirayama – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Senior Men’s Team Staff:
Liam Middleton – Head Coach
Kieran Crowley – Assistant Coach
Brian Hunter – Manager
Danielle Mah – Physiotherapist
Hong Kong Sevens Schedule – March 27-29
Canada 28-12 Belgium
Canada 19-24 Samoa
Canada 0-45 Fiji
Canada 21-10 Kenya
Canada vs. France at 2:18pm local (11:18pm PT on Saturday/2:18am ET)