Canadians fall to Great Britain in Rugby Sevens quarter-final

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VANCOUVER – Early turnover and a penalty resulted in two tries for Great Britain in a 31-5 victory over Canada in Sunday’s men’s quarterfinal at the World Rugby Sevens Series.

VANCOUVER – Early turnover and a penalty resulted in two tries for Great Britain in a 31-5 victory over Canada in Sunday’s men’s quarterfinal at the World Rugby Sevens Series.

Canada had the ball early in the game but failed to break through a solid British defense.

A Canadian turnover led to Britain’s first try.

Canadian captain Phil Berna was penalized for intentionally reversing a pass later in the half. Playing a short man, the Canadians gave up another try to lead 14-5 at halftime.

The British dominated the second half by scoring you more. Victoria’s Jack Carson scored Canada’s only try of the game.

“We were strong from the start, but we couldn’t stay the course for the whole half,” said Carson. “They’re probably the most elite team we’ve played so far, and that gives us a few things to look at before our next game.”

The best the host men can finish in Vancouver is fifth.

Canada beat Germany 24-5 and Chile 19-14 before losing 29-17 to the United States on Saturday.

Competing in the “Fast Four” tournament in Vancouver, the Canadians lost 22-12 to the United States and 19-5 to Great Britain before defeating Mexico 39-0 on Saturday.

Canada (1-2) was scheduled to face the United States (2-1) in a semi-final on Sunday, while Great Britain (3-0) faced Mexico (0-3) in the other. The winners play for the gold medal and the losers meet for the bronze.

The Canadian men fielded a young team with nine players making their series debuts.

Several veterans, including Nate Hirayama, Connor Braid, Justin Douglas and Conor Trainor, all retired after the Summer Olympics in Tokyo where Canada finished eighth.

The Vancouver tournament is the first HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series event since the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the circuit in March 2020.

The pandemic involves attendance at BC Place Stadium limited to around 13,500 in the lower bowl, but fans in the stands are still dressed for the occasion.

A group of nuns were seated near several monks. There were plenty of superheroes, furry creatures, and fluffy wigs. The Mandolin was watching the matches with Baby Yoda on her lap.

A large white unicorn displayed surprisingly good dance moves. The pirates munched on popcorn while several pink pigs sipped beer.

The Vancouver tournament only has a dozen men’s teams instead of the usual 16. Rugby powers in New Zealand, Fiji, Australia and Samoa did not participate in the event.

World Rugby has said there will be no relegation from the 2021 series and the results will not count towards the seeds for future events.

The Canadian teams will travel to Edmonton for the series stage next week.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 19, 2021.

Jim Morris, The Canadian Press

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