Canada’s Men progressed to the round of 16 at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco

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Canada’s Men progressed to the round of 16 at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco after defeating Papua New Guinea in a tight encounter. They will next meet Argentina for a place in the quarterfinals.

Canada 29-21 Papua New Guinea – Pre-round of 16
Tries: Harry Jones, Justin Douglas (2), Matt Mullins, Connor Braid
Conversions: Nate Hirayama (2)

Canada got off to the ideal start at AT&T Park as captain, Harry Jones dived over for the first try of the game only seconds after kicking off. Canada quickly doubled their lead when the flying Justin Douglas did what he does best and rounded the defence to score Canada’s second of the day. Nate Hirayama added the extras to extend Canada’s lead to 14-0.

Papua New Guinea responded with a try of their own to reduce Canada’s lead, before Justin Douglas completed his brace with another trademark try on the stroke of halftime. 19-7 at the break. The second half started in similar fashion to the first with Matt Mullins crashing over for a crucial five-pointer early in the second half. 24-7 in favour of Canada.

With three minutes to go Papua New Guinea made Canadian fans sweat as they scored and converted two tries in quick succession to make it a three-point ball game with a minute to play. Connor Braid, however, had other plans as he skillfully dotted down in the corner to give Canada a relieving opening win in San Francisco.

Canada Roster for Rugby World Cup Sevens:

Connor Braid – James Bay AA (Victoria, BC)
Andrew Coe – Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)
Admir Cejvanovic – Burnaby Lake RFC (Burnaby, BC)
Justin Douglas – Abbotsford RFC (Abbotsford, BC)
Lucas Hammond – Toronto Nomads (Toronto, ON)
Nathan Hirayama – Unattached (Richmond, BC)
Harry Jones – Captain,Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)
Isaac Kaay – UVIC Vikes (Kamloops, BC)
Pat Kay – Castaway Wanderers (Duncan, BC)
Luke McCloskey – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Matt Mullins – Queen’s University (Belleville, ON)

Canada Rugby World Cup Sevens Schedule:
Canada 29-21 Papua New Guinea – Pre-round of 16
Canada vs. Argentina at 10:25pm ET/7:25pm PT – Round of 16

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