CANADA DROPS INTO PARIS 7S CHALLENGE TROPHY

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Adam Zaruba

Canada, the defending Singapore Sevens cup champions, fell into the Paris Sevens Challenge Trophy after going 1-2 on Day 1.

Having claimed its first ever HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series cup title in Singapore last month, Canada entered Paris as the defending champions for the first time.

Canada opened with a win over Japan but were beaten by Scotland and South Africa. Canada will face Russia in their Challenge Trophy quarterfinal.

CANADA 21-7 JAPAN

A pair of Harry Jones tries helped guide Canada to an opening win in Paris.

After a sloppy start from both teams that saw multiple handling errors, Canada managed to strike first as Nathan Hirayama and Harry Jones once again connected on a grubber kick, a tactic that worked twice in Hong Kong last month.

Armed with a 7-0 lead, Canada grabbed a second try just before the break as Jones managed to stretch for the line for a 14-0 advantage.

Mike Fuailefau pushed the lead to 21-0 as he gathered in a John Moonlight pass who had a found a loose ball before Kameli Soejima prevented the shutout with a try right at the death.

CANADA 19-26 SCOTLAND

Canada fell to Scotland on a last minute try from James Fleming in their second pool game in Paris.

Adam Zaruba got Canada rolling to a 5-0 lead before George Horne’s try gave Scotland a 7-5 advantage.

Justin Douglas grabbed his first try of the tournament to give Canada a 12-7 lead at half time but once again Horne would strike back for a 14-12 advantage.

Douglas’ second try pushed Canada back ahead 19-14 but after Scott Riddell’s try tied it at 19-19, Fleming’s chip and chase saw a favourable bounce for the Scotsman who was able to dive on the loose ball ahead of Isaac Kaay to claim a 26-19 win.

CANADA 7-31 SOUTH AFRICA

Canada were swept aside by the series leaders in their final pool game in Paris.

South Africa raced out to a commanding 17-0 lead at half time thanks to two tries from Werner Kok after Chris Dry had opened the scoring.

Dry and Kok would each grab a try each in the second half to push the lead to 31-0 before Justin Douglas scored a late try for the Canadians as they dropped into the Challenge Trophy.

Canada’s Paris Sevens Team (Name, club, hometown):

Luke Bradley – (UVic Vikes/Port Alberni Black Sheep) Port Alberni, BC

Jared Douglas – (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC

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

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

Lucas Hammond – (UVIC Vikes) Toronto, ON

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

Harry Jones – (Capilano RFC) Vancouver, BC

Isaac Kaay  – (UVic Vikes) Kamloops, BC

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

Luke McCloskey – (Castaway Wanderers) Victoria, BC

John Moonlight – Captain (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

Coaching Staff:

Head Coach – Damian McGrath

Assistant Coach – Lee Douglas

Physiotherapist – Danielle Mah

Analyst – Calum Ramsay

Manager – Brian Hunter

Canada’s Paris Sevens Day 1 Schedule:

Canada 21-7 Japan

Canada 19-26 Scotland

Canada 7-31 South Africa

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