Cape Town 7s 2017

December 10 2017


Justin Douglas - top performer on Day 1 of Cape Town 7s 2017
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Canada Finish Fourth in Cape Town - Sit in Seventh Place Overall: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS


A massive improvement for the team who went from scraping 5 points in Dubai to getting 15 points in Cape Town. The result puts Canada in 7th in the standings.

Canada 35 - France 7
It was all Canada with Fuailefau, Hiarayama and Douglas laying down first half tries. Braid and Mullins added second half tallies before France scored at the final whistle. Phil Berna was not in the roster for Day 2, we'll check to see how serious the injury is. Hirayama was 5 for 5 on the conversions.



Canada 12 - Argentina 14
Canada went into the half ahead 12-7 with tries by Braid and Kay but Hirayama's kicking streak came to end after 6. Canada couldn't cross the line in the second half. Mullins was the only sub used in the match.

Canada 17 - South Africa 19
In the bronze medal match Canada again lost by 2 points. Canada were behind 14-5 with Jones getting the try for Canada. Isaac Kaay received a yellow card and South Africa went ahead 19-5. Canada replied with 2 tries by Moonlight and Hirayama but only one of them converted.

STANDINGS




Canada Make Final 8 After Epic Win Over Fiji - Face France in Cup QF: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS


Canada took the hard road into the quarter-finals losing their first match to Samoa and then defeating Fiji and Wales to finish top of the pool That earns them a Cup QF match versus France who came second in their pool.

Canada 17 - Samoa 19
It wasn't looking good after Canada gave up a late try to lose to Samoa. Canada had their opportunities to close out the game, Admir Cejvanovic was over the line but knocked the ball on in the tackle. That would have put the game out of reach but Samoa came back and tied it up and won on the successful conversion. It was a heartbreaking loss that could have sucked the soul out of the team but they bounced back.

Scoring for Canada: Fuailefau (3'), Hirayama (5'), Moonlight (8')

Canada 22 - Fiji 14
This was a tremendous effort against a team that Canada have rarely if ever beaten. The reigning Olympic champions Fiji would go in as heavy favourites and the 7 that started for Canada would play the whole match with subs being made at the 14' mark. Kudos to Phil Berna, John Moonlight, Harry Jones, Pat Kay, Connor Braid, Nathan Hirayama, Justin Douglas. Phil Berna in particular picked up his game and Justin Douglas scored two tries in the winning effort.



Canada 31 - Wales 14
An emphatic win for Canada with the same starting 7 that did so well against Fiji. Fuailefau came on early as replacement. Canada went to work right away with tries by Berna, Douglas and Fuailefau before Wales replied. The second half started the same with Jones and Kay crossing the line before Wales came back with a late try after Isaac Kaay received a yellow card.

Canada now face France in the Cup QF, the winner going on to play the winner of USA v Argentina. The other half of the draw sees South Africa battle Fiji and England face New Zealand.

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