HSBC Canada Sevens Updates

Bernadette Larose
Rugby 7s Senior Men

Updates for the HSBC Canada Sevens in Vancouver, BC on March 9-10th, 2019. 

Canada vs. Samoa

Canada fall to Samoa in their first match of the day 38-7. 

Canada were greeted with roaring cheers from their home crowd, running out of the tunnel in BC Place. Scoring Canada's lone try was Mike Fuailefau, getting an inside ball and stretching over the try line for the score. Captain Nathan Hirayama got the conversion. 

In the second half Samoa took over, scoring four unanswered tries and come out victorious 38-7. 

Canada vs. Fiji 

Canada fired up the hometown fans with an all-important against third ranked Fiji, winning 26-19.

Starting off the scoring for Canada was Matt Mullins on the wing from a Connor Braid pass. Then it was Braid himself getting an inside ball from Luke McCloskey and sliding in to score. Nathan Hirayama added on the kick but Fiji were able to score just before the break and tied things up at 12 a piece. 

In the second half Mike Fuailefau crashed through the Fijian line to score, his second of the tournament so far. Harry Jones put Canada back in front after a Fijian try, dotting down between the posts. Hirayama was good for both conversions and sealed the Canadian victory, 26-19.

Canada's last match of the day will be against Kenya at 8:30pm ET/ 5:40pm PT.

Canada vs. Kenya

Canada come out victorious to against Kenya winning 36-12.

Starting off the match the ball found it's way through hands to move out wide to Matt Mullins for the try. A bumbling ball was then scooped up by Harry Jones and tossed out to Connor Braid who touched down over the try line. Braid remained dominate, breaking through a tackle to score his second. 

Kenya ended the half with two tries to cut Canada's lead 19-12 at the half. 

Canada started the second half off with a third try from Braid, finding a hole in the line a slipping through. A TMO decision was needed when Admir Cejvanovic battled to get over the line. Refs ruled it a try and Canada went up 31-14. Canada made Kenya pay for an error deep in their end with Phil Berna crossing the try line for Canada's final score of the day. 

Braid had two conversions on top of his hattrick, rounding out the dominate performance. 

Canada vs. Spain

Canada put on an amazing show in front of the home crowd fans, defeating Spain in the Challenge Trophy semifinals 33-7. 

Starting things off for Canada was Connor Braid, getting an offload from Matt Mullins to go in for the try. Mullins followed up with one of his own shortly after. 

The ball found it's way into familiar hands once again as Luke McCloskey hit Braid on the inside who dove in for the try. Spain got on the board just before the end of the first half to make it 21-7 at the break. Braid was good for three conversions in the first. 

Canada started off the second half in a big way with Phil Berna fending off the tackle and going in for the try. Braid showed just how dominate a player he is, making a try saving tackle that popped the ball loose and put possession back in Canada's hands. 

In the final seconds of play Jake Thiel hit a sprinting Mullins on the wing, freeing him for the try. Braid finished the match with two tries and four conversions. 

Canada vs. Scotland

Canada won their way to the Challenge trophy finals in stellar fashion beating Scotland 19-14.

After going scoreless in the first half Canada came back in the second with a vengeance. Scoring back to back Canadian tries in similar fashion, Connor Braid offloaded to Harry Jones two plays in a row and tied things up at 14-all. 

It was then Isaac Kaay who got BC Place on their feet as he stepped his way through to score the winning try for Canada. Braid added two conversions.

Canada vs. Australia

Canada closed out the HSBC Canada Sevens against Australia in the Challenge Trophy final, losing 35-21.

Luke McCloskey was the first to cross the whitewash for Canada, getting an offload from Connor Braid. With the conversion by Braid they trailed Australia 14-7 at the half. 

Isaac Kaay answered two Australian scores with a try, shaking his defender to dot down. Harry Jones scored between the posts with seconds winding down but it was too little too late for Canada and they fell to Australia 35-21. 

Braid was good for three conversions in the match and was Canada's leading scorer for the tournament.

Canada finish the tournament in 10th place and will start preparations for the next stop of the HSBC World Rugby Series in Hong Kong, April 5-7, 2019. 


Canada Roster:

Phil Berna – UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)

Connor Braid – James Bay AA (Victoria, BC)

Admir Cejvanovic – Burnaby Lake RFC (Burnaby, BC)

Mike Fuailefau – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)

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 – Toronto Saracens (Toronto, ON)

Matt Mullins – James Bay AA (Belleville, ON)

Jake Thiel – Abbotsford RFC (Abbotsford, BC)

Adam Zaruba – Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)


Canada Schedule: 

March 9

Canada 28-7 Samoa

Canada 26-19 Fiji 

Canada 36-21 Kenya

March 10

Challenge Trophy Quarterfinals

Canada 33-7 Spain

Challenge Trophy Semifinals

Canada 19-14 Scotland

Challenge Trophy Finals

Canada 35-21 Australia