Canada Looks To Claim 5th Place After Split In Day Two 7’s Action In Las Vegas

Canada’s Men’s Sevens Team opened day two of HSBC USA Sevens with victory over France to qualify for top-eight before losing to Fiji

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March 4,2017 (ISN) - Nathan Hirayama did well to hurdle this Fijian player in pursuit of the ball only to have the play called on a knock on - Image by Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca

March 4th, 2017 Las Vegas, NV – Having advanced to their second cup quarterfinal of the season, Canada fell to Fiji Saturday night after at the USA Sevens in Las Vegas. Canada had made it to the cup quarters after a 21-0 win over France earlier in the day. With the win over France, Canada finished second in Pool A.

On Day 1, Canada had lost to South Africa but beaten Wales meaning they had to beat France to advance out of the pool stages. Canada would use those performances for inspiration against France, tackling France handily 21-0.

On his team’s performance head coach Damian McGrath has this to say, “We had an aim of a quarterfinal and I feel that we are a top eight team and we showed it against South Africa and Wales and really showed it against France when we controlled the game from start to finish. We were confident coming into the Fiji game but a few things didn’t go our way but I was happy with what we did. The players want to finish as high in the table as they can and we’re aiming for fifth place to set us up for a great position for next weekend’s tournament in Vancouver.”

CANADA 21-0 FRANCE

It was a dominant performance by Damian McGrath’s men as Canada took full control of France to advance to the cup quarters.

March 4,2017 (ISN) - Canada's Pat Kay and company couldn't have been happier with the 21-0 result vs France to move on into the top eight in Las Vegas - Image by Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca)
March 4,2017 (ISN) – Canada’s Pat Kay and company couldn’t have been happier with the 21-0 result vs France to move on into the top eight in Las Vegas – Image by Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca)

After a John Moonlight try had been overturned for not grounding the ball, Canada, who dominated possession in the first half, finally found their breakthrough with a minute left in the half as Mike Fuailefau scored his second try of the tournament for a 7-0 lead. With Canada still ahead, captain Harry Jones preserved the lead as he managed to hold up Jeremy Aicardi after the Frenchman had chipped over the Canadian defence.

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Isaac Kay sealed victory with a minute left as he powered his way over for his second career HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series try before Justin Douglas completed the scoring with a long run after France had lost the ball in the tackle.

CANADA 12-31 FIJI

Canada’s quest for a cup title was denied by a clinical Fijian side Saturday night. Apisao Domolailai gave Fiji an early 7-0 lead before Canada’s speedster Justin Douglas got Canada on the board but tries from Domolailai and Vatemo Ravouvou pushed the Fijian lead to 21-5 at the break.

March 4,2017 (ISN) - Canada's speedster Justin Douglas looks to break away from a Fijian tackler- Image by Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca
March 4,2017 (ISN) – Canada’s speedster Justin Douglas looks to break away from a Fijian tackler- Image by Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca)
March 4,2017 (ISN) - Canada's John Moonlight runs down a loose ball vs Fiji Saturday night - Image by Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca
March 4,2017 (ISN) – Canada’s John Moonlight runs down a loose ball vs Fiji Saturday night – Image by Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca

Waisea Nacuqu extended the Fiji lead to open the second half before John Moonlight touched down for Canada’s second try, but a late Samisoni Virivri try completed a 31-12 win.

March 4,2017 (ISN) - Fiji scores one of many tries against Canada much to the approval of their fans in the stands - Image by Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca
March 4,2017 (ISN) – Fiji scores one of many tries against Canada much to the approval of their fans in the stands – Image by Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Canada will play its fifth place playoff Sunday at 4:22pm ET/1:22pm PT against England.

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