Two narrow losses for Canada’s Men’s Sevens Team in penultimate event on HSBC Sevens World Series
Adam Zaruba Photo Ian Muir
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – Canada went down to an agonizing 12–14 loss to Scotland in Sunday’s Plate semi at the Glasgow Sevens, which means they leave with ten Series points. Earlier, the squad battled hard against England, but lost 7-14 in the Cup quarters. Canada will now travel to London for the series finale at Twickenham next weekend, before competing in the Rio 2016 Olympic Qualifying tournament in Cary, North Carolina June 13-14.
Canada 7-14 England
The dream of back-to-back Cup semi-finals was dashed for Canada on Day Two at the Glasgow Sevens as they suffered a 7-14 loss to England at Scotstoun Stadium. Wet weather conditions were playing a factor in the early matches on Sunday but Canada managed to acclimatize and took the lead in the fourth minute thanks to Harry Jones’ dash down the touchline. Jones then landed the difficult conversion.
However, the English levelled matters right on half-time with a contentious try as replays appeared to show Dan Bibby losing the ball over the line. The referee said he had sufficiently grounded it though so it was a 7-7 scoreline at the turnaround.
Tension was high in Glasgow in this Cup game and the second-half saw Canada give everything to the cause in both attack and defence. But unfortunately tired legs in the latter led to England pouncing late on, with Dan Norton’s pace seeing him over. Canada subsequently went into the Plate action where they would face Scotland.
Canada 12-14 Scotland
Canada would suffer last-second heartbreak in their Plate semi-final as Joseva Nayacavou’s converted effort meant Scotland won 12-14 in front of their fans. Once again, the Canadians displayed an impressive calmness in possession and arguably had the better of the contest but unfortunately suffered a late defeat.
Scotland would take the lead after six minutes when Colin Gregor found himself in space ten metres out and was able to send over Russell Weir for a 0-7 advantage.
Canada, who gave starts to Adam Zaruba and Nathan Hirayama, scored first after the break though when the power and pace of Sean Duke came to the fore as he barged his way over on the left. Jones could not land the extras so it was 5-7.
Replacement back Pat Kay doubled up Canada’s try tally one minute later and with Jones’ conversion, suddenly Moonlight’s men were 12-7 up and eyeing a Plate final. But with no time left on the clock, Scotland struck with an agonizing try at the death as Nayacavou’s power saw him crash over before Gregor kicked the winning points.
Canada’s Roster for Glasgow – (Club, CRC Team) Hometown, Province
Admir Cejvanovic – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Mike Fuailefau – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
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
Nathan Hirayama – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Conor Trainor – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Liam Underwood – (Balmy Beach RFC/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
Pat Parfrey – (James Bay AA/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL
Players unavailable due to injury:
Nanyak Dala – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Regina, SK
Justin Douglas – (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC
Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Mike Scholz – (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
Lucas Hammond – (Toronto Nomads/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
Senior Men’s Team Staff:
Liam Middleton – Head Coach
Kieran Crowley – Assistant Coach
Brian Hunter – Manager
Danielle Mah – Physiotherapist
Gareth Lynch – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Glasgow Sevens Schedule May 9-10:
Canada 40-0 USA
Canada 12-21 Argentina
Canada 38-0 Japan
Canada 7-14 England
Canada 12-14 Scotland