March 3,2018 Las Vegas, NV ( ISN ) – The Canadian Sevens Men’s rugby team regrouped in day two action to win their pair of Saturday games at the Las Vegas Sevens to advance to the Trophy semi-finals Sunday at Sam Boyd Stadium.
After a narrow, two point win over Wales during earlier day two action, Canada would prove resilient in play after dropping both games on opening day to complete the day two schedule with a 21-14 quarter final win over Spain. Canada is now has a 2-2 record before going into the final day of play.
Nathan Hirayama would once again prove valuable in the win, recording two trys and three converts to pad his third place World Sevens point standing with a sixteen-point performance.
Hirayama has been the most prolific scorer for his side in the tournament posting 36 points in just two days of play. John Moonlight would also put the ball down across the line with a try of his own for five points in a winning cause for Head Coach Damian McGrath’s team.
Canada would lead 14-0 after a first half of play. Hirayama would dart in for his team’s first tally at the 5:17 mark, and Moonlight would follow suit in extra time to pad the lead. Canada’s tackling would vastly improve since game one’s 46 percent tackle completion rate with an 82 % rate against Spain to help propel themselves into the semi-final match against Scotland.
Spain would finally get on the board early in the second half on a try by Pablo Fontes at the one minute mark to make the score 14-7. Nathan Hirayama would secure the 21-14 win on his second try of the game with three minutes remaining, finishing the day with 157 points so far in the 2018 series and take first place in the points leader race.
Scotland enters the semi-finals against Canada with a 24-12 win over Russia earlier in the day. Scotland holds the upper edge in wins with a 19-14 record when up against Canada, although Canada prevailed in their last meeting, beating the Scots 14-12 in the Sydney leg of the 2018 tour. Canada will have to be certain to be spot on their tackling to quiet a equally matched offensive adversary in Scotland.
Game time is 12:06 pm.