March 6th, 2017 Las Vegas, NV (ISN) – It wasn’t in the cards for the Canadian Men’s 7’s side as they ended their 5th place semi-final bid to England 12-5 to finish the USA 7’s Las Vegas tournament in 7th place.
A tightly contested match, England, sitting third overall in the 2016-2017 series, would command the pitch with ball possession that would give Canada very little to work with. England would get two first half trys by Tom Mitchell and Richard de Carpentier to fall behind at halftime 0-12.
Harry Jones would put the ball down for Canada in the second frame to pull within a single try, however a stingy English side would deny the ball to Canada as England would take a narrow 12-5 victory.
Canada’s Harry Jones continues to be on the World Rugby Sevens performance tracker radar, sitting in third place with 181 points for his all around effort so far this series.
Canada, sitting in 12 place overall in the world standings can be content with their play on the weekend, defeating 10th ranked France, 9th ranked Wales, and narrowly dropping a decision to 3rd place England. Canada finished the tournament with a 2-3 record.
In an earlier interview, Head Coach Damian McGrath, happy with his team’s play, was reported as commenting, “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.”
With Las Vegas now in the rear view mirror, Canada now returns home to lay out the welcome mat to the world as they host the second inaugural Canada Sevens tournament at BC Place in Vancouver, BC.