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Hong Kong 7s 2017


Nathan Hirayama - Canada 7s 2016
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Canada Climb to 9th After Third Consecutive Cup Round: Lose to Fiji and Argentina in Day 3 Cup Competition: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS


posted April 8 2017
[ed. comments below]

The good news is Canada climbed to 9th in the standings, overtaking Wales who had a dreadful tournament. It also gave them a sweet pool in Singapore, facing Fiji, Russia and Hong Kong. This gives them a very good shot of making the Cup round for the fourth tournament in a row.

The bad news is they were robbed in the Argentina match, ahead with time running down, a solo chip and chase by Argentina denied them the deserved victory. Canada were without a sweeper as Hammond had just come off and it seems the replacement didn't get the positional memo. The referee had just made a series of errors including a blatant "playing the ball while on the ground" infringement by Argentina that he didn't call. That call would have sealed the game for Canada. Referee decisions are like the bounce of the ball, sometimes they go your way, sometimes they don't.



from Rugby Canada

Canada's Hong Kong Sevens campaign came to an end Sunday after a narrow loss to Argentina in their fifth place semi-final.

However, more history was made by Nathan Hirayama as he became the first Canadian to score 1,000 careeer HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series points.

Earlier in the day, Canada lost its cup quarterfinal to Fiji.

On Day 1, Hirayama, who became only the third Canadian to play in 50 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series events, broke the Canadian points scoring record as he surpassed Phil Mack's previous total of 973 points.

Jared Douglas, brother of Justin, also made his HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

CANADA 12-29 FIJI

Canada were beaten by Fiji after the defending series champions put on a masterful second half display.

Fiji opened the scoring less than 20 seconds in as Vatemo Ravouvou touched down but Canada came roaring back as Luke McCloskey scored his second try of the tournament.

Canada would then take a 12-5 lead as Lucas Hammond was awarded a try after crashing into the goal post padding but Fiji were able to tie things up at the break through Kalione Nasoko.

It was all Fiji in the second half though as tries from Ravouvou, Nasoko — who was the benificiary of an insane behind the back pass from Jerry Tuwai — and Sevuloni Mocenacagi completed a 29-12 win.

CANADA 19-20 ARGENTINA

Canada were cruelly denied a sublime comeback win as Franco Sabato's last gasp try spared Argentina's blushes.

The Argentinians came out storming in the first half as tries from Felipe del Mestre and Sabato (2) gave them a 15-0 lead at half time.

However, it was all Canada in the second half as Hirayama made more Canadian history by passing the 1,000 point plateau before Harry Jones dotted down after collecting Hirayama's grubber kick, a play the pair had successfully connected on on Day 1.

Trailing 15-12, Canada took the lead through Lucas Hammond but were denied a thrilling win when Sabato collected his chip over the Canadian defence to score the game-winner on the final play of the game.



Canada Into the Cup Quarter-Finals With Win Over France - Face Fiji Next: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS


posted April 8 2017
[ed. comments below]

Another quarter-final appearance from Canada as they're achieving some consistency under new coach Damian McGrath. It's the third tournament in a row they've reached the Cup round.

Justin Douglas came off in the France match with what looked like a wrist injury but he recovered and was in the next match. Brother Jared looks like he's a veteran of the circuit already and fits well into the squad, he has a physical style of play and plays with confidence.

Next up for Canada is Fiji, a tough quarter-final opponent. The two teams above Canada in the rankings, Wales and Scotland, didn't make the Cup round so 10th place Canada will be closing the gap on the 8th and 9th place teams.

Australia and Argentina are the other two teams in Canada's semi-final bracket so depending on results Canada will face one of those teams next.



from Rugby Canada

Canada finished second in Pool B at the Hong Kong Sevens to advance to the cup quarterfinals.

Canada had beaten Kenya on Day 1 on Friday before defeating France on Day 2. In a battle for top spot in Pool B, Canada lost to South Africa to finish second.

Nathan Hirayama, who became only the third Canadian to play in 50 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series events, broke the Canadian points scoring record as he surpassed Phil Mack's previous total of 973 points.

Jared Douglas, brother of Justin, also made his HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series debut by coming on as a second half replacement.

CANADA 17-14 KENYA

It was the rarely seen penalty that gave Canada a much needed win to open its Hong Kong Sevens campaign.

Luke McCloskey's third career series try gave Canada an early 5-0 lead before Hirayama made history by adding the conversion, breaking a tie with Phil Mack and becoming Canada's all-time leading scorer. Canada took a 7-0 advantage into half time.

Kenya replied through a Dennis Ombachi try to level things up at 7-7 before the magician Hirayama went to work again. With a penalty inside the Kenyan 22, Hirayama's grubber kick snuck behind the Kenya defence where Harry Jones gathered and touched down for a 14-7 lead.

Nelson Oyoo would tie the game at 14-14 with under a minute to play before Canada went to work on finding a winning try but ultimately settled for the rarely seen penalty in sevens as Hirayama converted a chip shot from in front of the posts to seal a 17-14 victory.

CANADA 28-14 FRANCE

Canada advanced to the cup quarterfinals after victory over France in their second pool game.

Canada built an early 21-0 lead after sustained pressure as Justin Douglas (2) and Nathan Hirayama touched down.

However, France cut the deficit to 21-14 as Alexander Lagarde scored twice before the break, the second coming after a heated confrontation between Hirayama and Jean Baptiste Mazoue that saw both players receive yellow cards.

In a quieter second half, it was John Moonlight's try that sealed Canada's place in the cup quarters for the third tournament in a row.

CANADA 7-26 SOUTH AFRICA

It was the Blitzboks who sealed top spot in Pool B after a convincing second half performance.

Dylan Sage gave South Africa a 7-0 lead inside the opening minute before Canada leveled things up before the break courtesy of Justin Douglas' 25th try of the season.

However, it was a dominant second half display from the series leaders as Ruhan Nel, Cecil Afrika and Siviwe Soyizwapi all scored to give the Blitzboks a 26-7 win and top spot in Pool B.

Canada’s Men’s Sevens Squad for Canada Sevens (Name, club, hometown):
Luke Bradley – (UVic Vikes/Port Alberni Black Sheep) Port Alberni, BC
Tevaughn Campbell – (Saskatchewan Roughriders) Scarborough, ON
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
Josiah Morra – (Toronto Saracens) Toronto, ON
Matt Mullins – (Queen’s University/Ontario Blues) Belleville, ON

Unavailable for Selection:
Phil Berna – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
Adam Zaruba – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

Coaching Staff:
Head Coach – Damian McGrath
Assistant Coach – Lee Douglas
Physiotherapist – Danielle Mah
Analyst – Calum Ramsay
Manager – Brian Hunter

Canada’s Hong Kong Sevens Day 1 Schedule:
Canada 17-14 Kenya

Canada’s Hong Kong Sevens Day 2 Schedule:
Canada 28-14 France
Canada 7-26 South Africa

Canada's Hong Sevens Day 3 Schedule:

Canada vs. Fiji — 11:20pm ET/8:20pm PT



Canada Defeat Kenya on Day 1: Hirayama Breaks Scoring Record and Jared Douglas Earns First Cap: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS


posted April 7 2017
[ed. comments below]

Nathan Hirayama was on fire on his 50th World Series appearance. He broke Phil Mack's Canadian scoring record on his conversion of a Luke McCloskey try and then set Harry Jones up with a perfect grubber through the line. Finally he won the match at the whistle with a penalty kick. Not a bad day at the office.

Jared Douglas got his first cap and was the first sub off the bench for Canada in the second half.



from Rugby Canada

Canada opened its Hong Kong Sevens campaign with a tight win over Kenya Friday.

Nathan Hirayama, who became only the third Canadian to play in 50 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series events, broke the Canadian points scoring record as he surpassed Phil Mack's previous total of 973 points.

Jared Douglas, brother of Justin, also made his HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series debut by coming on as a second half replacement.

Canada is back in action on Day 2 Saturday when they face France at 1:34am ET/10:34pm PT LIVE on www.worldrugby.org

CANADA 17-14 KENYA

It was the rarely seen penalty that gave Canada a much needed win to open its Hong Kong Sevens campaign.

Luke McCloskey's third career series try gave Canada an early 5-0 lead before Hirayama made history by adding the conversion, breaking a tie with Phil Mack and becoming Canada's all-time leading scorer. Canada took a 7-0 advantage into half time.

Kenya replied through a Dennis Ombachi try to level things up at 7-7 before the magician Hirayama went to work again. With a penalty inside the Kenyan 22, Hirayama's grubber kick snuck behind the Kenya defence where Harry Jones gathered and touched down for a 14-7 lead.

Nelson Oyoo would tie the game at 14-14 with under a minute to play before Canada went to work on finding a winning try but ultimately settled for the rarely seen penalty in sevens as Hirayama converted a chip shot from in front of the posts to seal a 17-14 victory.

Canada’s Men’s Sevens Squad for Canada Sevens (Name, club, hometown):
Luke Bradley – (UVic Vikes/Port Alberni Black Sheep) Port Alberni, BC
Tevaughn Campbell – (Saskatchewan Roughriders) Scarborough, ON
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
Josiah Morra – (Toronto Saracens) Toronto, ON
Matt Mullins – (Queen’s University/Ontario Blues) Belleville, ON

Unavailable for Selection:
Phil Berna – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
Adam Zaruba – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC

Coaching Staff:
Head Coach – Damian McGrath
Assistant Coach – Lee Douglas
Physiotherapist – Danielle Mah
Analyst – Calum Ramsay
Manager – Brian Hunter

Canada’s Hong Kong Sevens Day 1 Schedule:
Canada 17-14 Kenya

Canada’s Hong Kong Sevens Day 2 Schedule:
Canada vs. France — 1:34am ET/10:34pm PT
Canada vs. South Africa — 5:56am ET/2:56am PT



Canada Names 13 Man Roster for Hong Kong Tournament: Nathan Hirayama 50th, Possible Tevaughn Campbell First and Brother Combo of Jared and Justin Douglas


posted April 6 2017
[ed. comments below]

It looks like the injury Pat Kay took into camp didn't mend quick enough and coach McGrath has rested him for Hong Kong. That has opened the door for two possible new caps, Tevaughn Campbell and Jared Douglas. The match 12 will be announced shortly.

No doubt a lot of people would like to see Tevaughn get a bit of game time in the tournament to gauge his potential. Nothing like throwing him in the deep end to see if he's going to handle the pressure. Jared Douglas is another player looking for his first cap and teaming up with brother Justin would be special.



Nathan Hirayama goes for his 50th World Series event as well. Below is a photo courtesy of Robin MacDowell (MacDowell Rugby) of Nate at the beginning of his national 7s career.






 
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