CANADA OPENS 2017 WITH EXCITING 4TH PLACE FINISH AT WELLINGTON SEVENS

Canada’s Men’s Sevens Team opens 2017 with 4-2 record to finish fourth in New Zealand on same day as final batch of HSBC Canada Sevens tickets goes on sale for March 11-12 at BC Place in Vancouver

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Harry Jones

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND — Canada’s Men’s Sevens Team finished fourth in Wellington after defeat to Scotland in the bronze medal match. Earlier in the day, Canada had beaten Argentina to advance to the semi-finals where they were beaten by South Africa.

It was Canada’s first cup semi-final berth since the 2015 Japan Sevens. Canada had gone 3-0 on Day 1 of the tournament.

CANADA 17-12 ARGENTINA

Canada booked its place in the cup semis after a three try win over Argentina. After a tense opening six minutes, Matias Osadczuk was shown a yellow card that Canada quickly took advantage of as Adam Zaruba scored.

However, Argentina replied before the break as Nicolas Menendez gave his side a 7-5 lead heading into the interval. After Mike Fuailefau gave Canada a 10-7 lead, Osadczuk restored the Argentinian lead to 12-10.

But Justin Douglas had the final say as he sprinted past the Argentine defence to give Canada 17-12 lead they would not relinquish.

CANADA 5-21 SOUTH AFRICA

The Blitzboks ran in three tries as Canada fell to the series leaders in their cup semi. After a good start, with some solid ball possession, Canada fell behind as Seabel Senatla touched down to open the scoring before Kwagga Smith doubled the South African lead to 14-0 at the break.

A Werner Kok try pushed South Africa’s lead to 21-0 but Canada continued to soldier on and were finally awarded when Adam Zaruba scored in the corner to cut the Blitzbok lead to 21-5. Despite a final push over the last 90 seconds, Canada were denied and will now face Scotland for third place, a team they defeated in their tournament opener on Day 1.

CANADA 22-28 SCOTLAND

Despite an Adam Zaruba hat-trick, it was Scotland who came out on top on this Day 1 rematch. An exciting first half saw the sides alternate tries as Zaruba (2) touched down for Canada while James Fleming and George Horne had Scotland’s tries, who took a 14-12 edge into the break.

Fleming added his name to the scoresheet to open the second half but Canada came flying back as Zaruba completed his hat-trick to cut the Scottish lead to 21-17. Canada would regain the lead with a little over a minute left as Isaac Kaay scored his first HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series try but Fleming would steal victory with a try 20 seconds from the end giving Scotland the bronze medal.

Canada’s Men’s Sevens Squad for Wellington and Sydney (Name, club, hometown):

Justin Douglas – (Abbotsford RFC/BC Bears) Abbotsford, BC

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

Lucas Hammond – (UVIC Vikes) Toronto, ON

Nathan Hirayama – captain, Sydney (UVic Vikes/BC Bears) Richmond, BC

Harry Jones – Captain, Wellington (Capilano RFC) Vancouver, BC

Caleb Jordan – (Montreal Wanderers) Montreal, QC

Isaac Kaay  – (UVic Vikes) Kamloops, BC

Pat Kay – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Duncan, BC

Karsten Leitner – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC

Luke McCloskey – (Castaway Wanderers) Victoria, BC

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

Matt Mullins – (Queen’s University/Ontario Blues) Belleville, ON

Adam Zaruba – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

Unavailable for Selection:

Phil Berna – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC

Liam Underwood – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON

Coaching Staff:

Head Coach – Damian McGrath

Assistant Coach – Lee Douglas

Physiotherapist – Danielle Mah

Analyst – Calum Ramsay

Manager – Brian Hunter

Canada’s Wellington Sevens Day 1 Schedule:

Canada 28-19 Scotland

Canada 28-5 Wales

Canada 29-0 Russia

Canada’s Wellington Sevens Day 2 Schedule:

Canada 17-12 Argentina

Canada 5-21 South Africa

Canada 22-28 Scotland

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