Canada Suffers Pair Of Defeats In Day Two USA Sevens Action

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Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

March 5, 2016   Las Vegas, NV (ISN) – Canada’s Mens Sevens National Team suffered two defeats at the USA Sevens Saturday, losing 17-10 to Wales and 19-10 in the Bowl quarter final to Russia thus knocking them out of contention for back to back Bowl Championships after a Bowl win in Australia at the Sydney Sevens in their last series. Instead, the result means that Canada will play a semi-final Sheidl match against England Sunday starting at 10:30 am PT.  All Las Vegas Sevens games can be seen at www.worldrugby.org

It was a grey day for the Canadian Sevens team dropping both their games Saturday to spot themselves in Sunday’s Shield semi-final game – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Canada 10-17 Wales 

It was a disappointing conclusion to the USA Sevens pool stages for Canada as they lost out to Wales in a crucial game.Needing to claim victory by a healthy margin and hope South Africa did them a favour against USA afterwards, Canada knew they had to be on top of their game from the outset against a Welsh side that had lost their two opening matches.Unfortunately that wasn’t the case and it was the Welshmen who started the brighter, crossing for three first-half scores.

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Canada’s Phil Mack unsucessfully tries to slow down Wales Kristian Phillips. Phillips would score Wales’ third try in the match – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

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Canada’s Harry Jones races past mid-field on the wing advancing the ball – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Ben Roach was the first to go over inside a minute before Ethan Davies made it 12-0 and then Kristian Phillips raced in.  Canada needed to hit back immediately after the interval and they did just that when Phil Mack ran in from the kick-off.Hopes of a second-half revival would further improve when Adam Thomas was yellow carded for a deliberate slap down, leaving Wales one man down for two minutes, with Canada capitalising seconds later when Justin Douglas made it 17-10.But the score was to remain the same until full-time at Sam Boyd Stadium, meaning Canada would drop into the Bowl.

Canada 10-19 Russia

Canada’s search for an elusive first win at 2016’s USA Sevens did not arrive in their Bowl quarter-final against Russia.After a draw and two losses in the pools, the Canadians were determined to finish day two on a positive note but they ultimately fell short as Russia ran out 19-10 winners thanks to three tries, two of which arrived in the opening stanza.

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Phil Mack takes the ball from a grounded Sean Duke to smartly get it outside hoping for a hole in the Russian defense to open up – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

 

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Canada’s Harry Jones sucessfully pulls down the ball, with the help of John Moonlight, after a kick-off  by Russia – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

It had all started positively for Canada when Douglas went over on the left sideline to make it 5-0 after three minutes, but Russia then fought their way back into the game with tries from Vladimir Ostroushko and Vladislav Sozonov, sending them into the break with a 14-5 cushion.

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Canada’s John Moonlight proves hard to pull down as two Russian defenders would attempt in vain to him down – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Those conversions of course meant that Canada were now two scores adrift.  Ostroushko crucially extended that margin to fourteen points soon after the interval, worsening Canada’s predicament, but they did not give up on their task and eventually grabbed a late consolation score through Hirayama, with the result meaning Canada will drop into the Shield semi-finals on Sunday where they will take on England in an intriguing clash.

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