Men’s Sevens Team through to top-eight after heavy defeats over USA, Japan and loss to Argentina on Glasgow Sevens day one
Sean White Photo Ian Muir
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – Canada will enjoy Cup rugby at the Glasgow Sevens after beating the USA 40-0, losing 12-21 to Argentina and easing past Japan 38-0 on Day One. Coach Liam Middleton’s side will now face England in the Cup Quarter-Final at 7:42am ET/4:42am PT looking to build off their season-best fourth place finish in Tokyo last month. Last year’s tournament at Scotstoun Stadium also saw Canada advance to only their second-ever Cup Final against New Zealand.
Canada 40-0 USA
Canada got their Glasgow Sevens pool campaign off to the best possible start on Saturday as they brushed aside the USA, triumphing 40-0 at Scotstoun Stadium. Six tries were carded by the in-form Canadians, with Ciaran Hearn, Conor Trainor, Sean White, Mike Fuailefau, Adam Zaruba and Liam Underwood all getting over.
USA could not get out of first gear in the game and that’s credit to the start Canada made, as they starved their rivals of early ball with a patient style that eventually saw them rewarded when Hearn raced in from 50 metres. Harry Jones converted.
With two minutes remaining in the opening half, the lead was doubled when Trainor pounced on loose ball at the back of a USA ruck and went over near the uprights. Another gift try came just before the half-time hooter when White gobbled up a stray pass and suddenly Canada had themselves a 21 point cushion at the break.
It was more of the same in the second stanza from Canada as Fuailefau was the next to cross the try-line, finishing off a slick move down the five-metre channel. And then came a powerful finish from replacement Zaruba, who crashed over with two players on his back to make it a 33-point buffer with only two minutes to play.
Underwood would then add the gloss and Canada’s sixth and final try of the game thanks to Sean Duke’s smart inside ball and Jones did the rest off the kicking tee.
Canada 12-21 Argentina
Sean Duke Photo Ian Muir
Canada could not make it two wins from two on Day One at the Glasgow Sevens as they suffered a disappointing 12-21 loss to a clinical Argentina outfit on Saturday. The game was scoreless until the third minute as Moonlight’s charges struggled to replicate the start that stunned USA in their opening pool fixture earlier in the day.
In fact, it was Argentina who broke the deadlock when German Schulz finished off in the right-hand corner, a try which was converted by Gaston Revol for a 0-7 lead.
Canada responded well though with a superb long-range effort from prop Moonlight as he cantered down the left wing before bouncing off the attempted tackler. Jones sent over the extras to tie up the game with 80 seconds remaining in the first-half.
Unfortunately the Argentineans then found plenty of space in Canada’s defence as Ramiro Finco collected a clever offload to send his side in at the interval in front. Franco Sabato extended the margin to fourteen points on ten minutes when his turnover led to him having a free run down the touchline for the converted try.
And despite an effort from White in response, the conversion was wide so Canada still required two further scores if they were to claim the win, which did not arrive.
Canada 38-0 Japan
Canada entered their final game of Day One knowing that victory would seal top spot in Pool D and they made sure it was a solid one over Japan, winning 38-0. Three tries were scored in each half by the Canadians as they ended the day just how they began it, with an impressive whitewash over a well-beaten opponent.
It took just 30 seconds for the team’s opening score and it came via in-form captain Moonlight, who powered down the right wing after catching the kick-off. Jones, who was enjoying a solid day with the boot, landed the extra two points to make it 7-0.
Canada unfortunately lost Ciaran Hearn to a leg injury soon after but it was his replacement who crossed next, as veteran Sean Duke added the second score. Trainor made it 19-0 before the interval and he was first to score following the turnaround too, with Canada refusing to take their foot off the pedal in Glasgow.
That hunger led to a fifth try, this time coming through Underwood, before Duke made it number six as the confident Canadians secured top spot in their pool.
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 vs. England at 7:42am ET/4:42am PT