Men's Sevens Finish Fourth in Paris

June 11, 2018

Day 1 (Saturday, June 9):
Canada 33-7 Russia:

Canada's Men's Sevens Team got off to a great start in Paris, producing one of their best performances of the season in an emphatic win over Russia. Canada looked to give the ball some air in this encounter and tactic paid off for Damian McGrath and his side, as they ran in five tries to one. The highlight being Canada's offload game, which lead to a couple of beautiful tries.
Mike Fuailefau reached a significant milestone, scoring his 50th try to bring up the half-century on the World Series. Nate Hirayama bagged 13 points, after an impressive kicking performance to take him back to the top of the 'Most Points Scored' standings.

Full-time: Canada 33-7 Russia
Tries - Hirayama, Jones, Douglas, Fuailefau, Cejvanovic
Conversions - Hirayama (4)

Canada 26-14 Scotland
Canada produced a second impressive performance, as they outplayed a strong Scottish outfit. Scotland was first to put points on the board but Canada hit back almost immediately, as Justin Douglas crossed for his first try of the game. It turned out to be the Justin Douglas show in Paris, the flying winger scoring another two to complete his hat-trick.
Nate Hirayama once again added a try and a few conversions to give Canada a convincing win over the Scots.
Full-time: Canada 26-14 Scotland

Tries - Douglas (3), Hirayama
Conversions - Hirayama (3)

Canada 0-28 South Africa:
South Africa was too good for Canada on the day, as the 'Blitzboks' ran in four tries to secure top spot in pool B. Tries from Ryan Oosthuizen and former World Player of the Year, Werner Kok gave South Africa a 14-point victory at the break.
Dewald Human and Seabelo Senatla added tries in the second-half to extend South Africa's lead. With time finished on the clock, Canada kicked the ball out to settle for second place in pool B and a spot in the cup quarterfinals.

Full-time: Canada 0-28 South Africa
Day 2:
Cup Quarterfinals:
Canada 19-5 Ireland 

Tries - Hirayama, Kay, Jones
Conversions - Hirayama (2)
Cup Semi-finals:
Canada 12-26 England
Tries - Hirayama, Kay
Conversions - Hirayama (1)
Bronze medal match:
Canada 5-34 New Zealand
Tries - Fuailefau

Luke Bradley – Port Alberni Black Sheep (Port Alberni, BC)
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)
Mike Fuailefau – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Lucas Hammond – Toronto Nomads (Toronto, ON)
Nathan Hirayama, Captain – Unattached (Richmond, BC)
Harry Jones – Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)
Isaac Kaay – UVIC Vikes (Kamloops, BC)
Pat Kay – Castaway Wanderers (Duncan, BC)
Luke McCloskey – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Josiah Morra - Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Phil Berna
Matt Mullins
Jake Thiel
Liam Underwood

Article and image courtesy of Rugby Canada