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Final tournament of 2015 sees Canada thump Russia before narrowly falling to England on day two at Cape Town Stadium in South Africa


John Moonlight Photo from Rugby Canada 

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – Canada were knocked out at the Bowl semi-final stage of the Cape Town Sevens as they lost 21-14 to England. The narrow defeat came after Liam Middleton’s charges had hammered Russia 55-0 in their earlier quarter-final fixture, with the team unfortunately then coming unstuck against the Dubai finalists by one score in an even match on Sunday.


Canada departs with five World Rugby Sevens Series points and will now regroup ahead of the Wellington leg in January.


Canada 55-0 Russia


Canada began Day Two at the Cape Town Sevens with a big win as they beat Russia 55-0 to progress to the Bowl semis. Nine tries were scored in total by a ruthless Canadian outfit, with Nathan Hirayama (2), Phil Mack (2), John Moonlight, Harry Jones, Admir Cejanovic and Justin Douglas (2) going over in a one-sided quarter-final at the Cape Town Stadium.


Hirayama had got the ball rolling as early as the second minute before Mack got a double and then Hirayama made it a brace of his own by half-time, as Canada went into the huddle looking extremely comfortable with a buffer of 26 points. Moonlight would then keep things motoring soon after the turnaround before the floodgates opened in South Africa, with Jones, Cejanovic and replacement wing Douglas crossing before the latter went over again for the last score of the game.


Canada 14-21 England


Canada had their Cape Town Sevens campaign cut short on Sunday as they fell to England, losing 21-14 in the Bowl Semi-Final. Despite starting the brighter and scoring through the ever-improving Cejanovic, the Canadians would go into the break level after England captain Tom Mitchell crossed with the last play of the first-half. It was a fascinatingly poised match.


Jones would put Canada 14-7 to the good two minutes into the second period but again England responded as Dan Bibby went over, converting his own try to bring the semi scoreline back to fourteen points apiece with four minutes to play. And it would be England who had the final say thanks to a try from Alexander Davis, meaning Canada had to bow out of the competition. They take home five World Rugby Sevens Series points ahead of leg three in Wellington on January 30.


Canada’s Roster for the Cape Town Sevens

Admir Cejvanovic – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

Nanyak Dala – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK

Justin Douglas – (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC

Sean Duke – (Unattached/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

Mike Fuailefau – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Victoria, BC

Nathan Hirayama – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

Harry Jones – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) North Vancouver, BC

Pat Kay – (Unattached/BC Bears) Duncan, BC

Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC

John Moonlight – Captain (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON

Matt Mullins – (Queens University/Ontario Blues) Belleville, ON

Sean White – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC

Head Coach – Liam Middleton

Assistant Coach – Lee Douglas

Team Manager – Brian Hunter

Physiotherapist – Danielle Mah

Performance Analyst – Calum Ramsay

Canada’s Cape Town Sevens Day 1 Schedule:

Canada 10-24 Samoa

Canada 24-12 New Zealand

Canada 26-26 France


Day 2


Canada 55-0 Russia

Canada 14-21 England