March 4, 2018 Las Vegas, NV (ISN) – Canada’s Tevaughn Campbell would provide a second half spark for his side with two back to back trys, but he team effort would fall short, dropping a 26-19 decision to France in the Las Vegas Sevens Trophy final Sunday afternoon.
France would get three first half trys to jump out to a 19-0 lead, before Canada’s Pat Kay would be released for the try to go into halftime down 19-7.
Tevaughn Campbell would be inserted into the game three minutes into the 2nd half, making an immediate difference in the game, scoring a minute later on a French error to sprint down the edge to beat France’s defense. In a déjà vu moment, France would fall victim to Campbell’s speed again only two minutes later to draw Canada near 19-14.
With only a minute remaining Canada would benefit from a France penalty to regain ball possession. With ball in hand and looking in control, Luke McClosky , looking to move the ball smartly out to the wing, would have his pass intercepted by France’s Jean Pascal Barraque about 20 yards out and run it in for the final try of the game sealing the Trophy loss for Canada.
Earlier, Canada’s Nathan Hirayama, the HSBC World Sevens Series leader starting day three action, would kick the ball through the sticks with three seconds remaining after a Scotland penalty thirty-six meters out would give Canada the narrow 15-12 win advance to the Trophy final.
Canada’s Justin Douglas would score the opening try for Canada with the first half nearing an end.