New Zealand defeats Canada in London Sevens plate semi-final in season finale at Twickenham
LONDON, ENGLAND – Canada suffered two losses on Day Two at the London Sevens as they went down 10-29 to USA before losing out 15-33 to New Zealand at Twickenham. Those results mean Liam Middleton’s men pick up ten World Sevens Series points in consecutive rounds, leaving the team on 67 points after a positive finish to 2014/15, good enough for ninth place in the world series.
Adam Zaruba Photo Ian Muir
Canada 10-29 USA
Canada suffered a 10-29 defeat to USA in a tough Cup quarter-final on Sunday, which saw the team move into a Plate semi-final match against New Zealand. USA were impressive in victory as they went over for five scores to Canada’s two efforts, with Mike Fuailefau and Harry Jones crossing in defeat at Twickenham.
Mike Friday’s men opened their try account inside a minute when captain Madison Hughes grubbered through before collecting and grounding for a 0-7 advantage.
Canada hit back four minutes later though when space was created on the left wing where Fuailefau did well to finish. Jones, however, would miss the difficult extras so the lead was still USA’s in a fast-paced opening to Sunday’s third Cup quarter-final. One of USA’s speedsters then came to the party before the break as Perry Baker scorched home to make it 5-12 at the turnaround, with Canada still in the contest.
But after the interval, USA moved through the gears with further tries from Maka Unufe and Garrett Bender putting them in a commanding 5-24 lead in London. Jones did grab a consolation score for Canada in the thirteenth minute but it would be USA with the final word when replacement Carlin Isles raced in from 50 metres.
Canada 15-33 New Zealand
Canada had their 2014/15 World Sevens Series brought to an end against New Zealand at the Plate semi-final stage in London as they lost 15-33 on Sunday. The All Blacks Sevens were reeling from a Cup quarter-final defeat to hosts England and were behind early on against a fired up Canadian outfit, with the in-form Jones finishing off a good team try that saw Adam Zaruba lay on the assist for a 5-0 lead.
New Zealand then displayed how deadly they can be from anywhere on the field when, with Canada enjoying possession and territory, the men in black countered from distance through Rieko Ioane, who offloaded to Sherwin Stowers for a try.
Canada were now trailing 5-7 but that became 5-12 before the half-time interval when Ioane turned from provider to scorer in the left-hand corner for his team.
Stowers was again on hand to finish off a ninth minute try for his 100th five-pointer on the World Series and when he made it 101 a minute later and then Scott Curry added New Zealand’s fifth score of the game, the result seemed beyond doubt.
But credit to Canada as they went down showing real fighting spirit at Twickenham, with Zaruba’s long-range try and then Jones reaching his own personal milestone of 50 tries on the Series seeing the squad finish the 2014/15 campaign with a flourish.
Canada’s Roster for London – (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
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
Connor Braid – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
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
Matt Evans – (Cornish Pirates)
Players unavailable due to injury:
Liam Underwood – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
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
Ciaran Hearn – (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay South, NL
Senior Men’s Team Staff:
Liam Middleton – Head Coach
Brian Hunter – Manager
Danielle Mah – Physiotherapist
Gareth Lynch – Strength and Conditioning Coach
London Sevens Schedule May 16-17:
Canada 17-14 Samoa
Canada 26-5 Argentina
Canada 14-31 Fiji
Canada 10-29 USA
Canada 15-33 New Zealand