Canada moved into the London Sevens cup quarters after going 2-1 on Day 1.
Canada beat Fiji and Japan but fell to New Zealand. However, with New Zealand defeating Fiji, Canada advanced to its sixth cup quarter of the season.
Earlier in the day, John Moonlight became just the third player in Canadian HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series history to score 100 career tries.
CANADA 22-19 FIJI
In a back-and-forth affair, it was Canada who snatched victory at the death thanks to John Moonlight’s try.
Fiji built an early 12-0 lead as Vatemo Ravouvou and Kalione Nasoko touched down but Canada got back into the game as Justin Douglas scored under the sticks just before half time to cut the deficit to 12-7.
Moonlight’s first try of the game — after breaking a couple of tackles — tied things up at 12-12 before Fiji immediately responded through a swift attack from the resulting kickoff, Amenoni Nasilaslia getting the try.
However, Nathan Hirayama would cut the lead to 19-17 as he slid over in the corner before Canada were able to work the ball out wide to Moonlight whose 100th series try proved to the game-winner with no time left on the clock.
CANADA 12-19 NEW ZEALAND
Canada were narrowly beaten by New Zealand leaving them in a must-win situation against Japan.
The Kiwis took a 7-0 lead through Sam Dickson and after Canada’s Harry Jones was sin binned, they extended the lead to 14-0 as Sherwin Stowers touched down.
However, Canada fought back and got on the board through Justin Douglas before Nathan Hirayama tied things up at 14-14 before half time.
Tone Ng Shiu’s try with 1:30 left gave New Zealand the lead and they barely hung on as Jones, who had support on the inside, stepped out of bounds as he made the pass.
CANADA 28-14 JAPAN
Justin Douglas had a hat-trick as Canada cruised by Japan in their final pool game.
Douglas opened the scoring after some patient build-up from the Canadians before Siosifa Lisala paced away to tie things up at 7-7.
Belleville’s Matt Mullins restored Canada’s lead before the break before Douglas and Nathan Hirayama linked up for Canada’s third try and a 21-7 lead.
Lisala again scored for Japan before Douglas sealed his hat-trick to complete a comfortable win for Canada.
Canada’s London 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
Head Coach – Damian McGrath
Assistant Coach – Lee Douglas
Physiotherapist – Danielle Mah
Analyst – Calum Ramsay
Manager – Brian Hunter
London Sevens Day 1 Schedule:
Canada 22-19 Fiji
Canada 14-19 New Zealand
Canada 28-14 Japan