Canada beats US in Singapore sevens final

Frederick Owens
April 17, 2017

Aussie star Henry Hutchison ran in his 50 career try in the team's final score of the day - not bad for a 20 year old who is only in his second season on the circuit.

His men's Sevens side beat Australia to bring home bronze from the Singapore leg of the World Series having scraped past Kenya in the quarter-final. "The first game was all about defence and I thought we defended really, really well", he said.

With his team down 21-0 at the half, coach Damian McGrath told the Canadians to pick it up.

Canada, now ninth in the overall standings, will face No. 4 New Zealand on Sunday.

Subsequently, it was a surprise to all when Japan defeated France to eliminate it from quarter final contention for the first time in six tournaments. You never know which French team is going to pitch and that makes them a very tough opponent."The final pool match will be against England which could also be a tough outing".

The U.S. turned the ball over after the ensuing scrum and Canada patiently worked its way down the field in several phases, completing some dozen passes before Hammond found a crease in the U.S. defence and raced through it.

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England are through to the Cup quarter-finals of the Singapore sevens after finishing top of their Pool. The Canadians ran the All Blacks close in a 15-14 loss in Vancouver last month but their overall record against New Zealand going into Sunday's clash was 2-32-1.

John Porch scored the opening try within the first minute with a clean run to the line. Regan Ware showed his pace after a cut with Sione Molia, while Trael Joass crossed after Vilimoni Koroi had set him up via his dancing feet.

However, the East African side bounced back to defeat Samoa 17-7 in their decisive final group match to secure a quarterfinal berth after Australia thumped Argentina 19-7. But Canada reeled off second-half tries by Isaac Kaay, Justin Douglas and Fuailefau to keep progressing.

South Africa started the Singapore tournament 23 points ahead of Fiji in second place and now lead them by 25 points, courtesy of a crucial win over the Olympic champions in the fifth place semi-final.

The ban means 10th-ranked Canada will be without Kaay for matches against Russian Federation and Hong Kong on Saturday in Singapore.

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