It took Canada 140 appearances on the HSBC World
Rugby 7s Series since 1999 to finally enjoy the sweet taste of a
Cup final victory.
On a weekend of massive upsets and shock
defeats, the Canada Sevens team beat the United States 26-19 to
win the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens 2017 after a fantastic run
that saw them beating 12-time Series champion New Zealand 26-14 in
the quarterfinals and Rio Olympics silver-medalist England 17-5 in
The Singapore Sevens final at the National Stadium
saw Canada racing to a 19-0 lead in the first half after tries
from Matt Mullins, Harry Jones and Mike Fuailefau with HSBC Player
of the Final Nathan Hirayama converting two of three attempts.
Before halftime, the Americans burst into life through a try from
Stephen Tomasin and a converted try by Perry Baker to close the
gap to 12-19.
The second half began with American
speedster Baker scoring his 41st try of the season as United
States drew level with Canada 19-19. In the closing stages, Lucas
Hammond cut through the American defence to clinch the winning try
for Canada, which Hirayama converted.
their Singapore campaign with easy wins over Russia (28-15) and
Hong Kong (34-0) in Saturday’s pool matches, but was beaten also
7-35 by defending Series champion Fiji. The defeat to Fiji on
Saturday evening sparked off an amazing run from the Canadians on
“It’s hard to put that into words,” said
Canada Sevens Captain, John Moonlight. “We took a licking
against Fiji yesterday, and from our coach. But we showed up
today, we showed the world we can beat anyone. We beat three of
the best teams today. We are flying. An unbelievable feeling.”
England claimed the bronze with a
14-12 victory over Australia while Wales won the Challenge Trophy
Final with 24-12 win over Scotland. New Zealand took fifth spot
with a hard-fought 17-12 win against South Africa who remain top
of the HSBC World Rugby 7s Series standings.
The HSBC Singapore Sevens took place one week
after the three-day
Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.
Pictures from 2017 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2016 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
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Pictures of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Games Qualifier in Hong
Pictures of Singha Thailand Sevens 2015,
Pictures from the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour in Hong Kong,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2014,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2013,
of Chartis Cup 2012 and
Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012.
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