Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Men Make Rugby Sevens Quarter-Finals in World Series Season Finale

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Men Make Rugby Sevens Quarter-Finals in World Series Season Finale

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Canadian men make sevens quarter-finals


LONDON, England - Continuing its recent strong play, Canada has advanced to the Cup quarter-finals at the London Sevens rugby tournament.

It's the third event in a row that the Canadian men have made the final eight of the elite Cup competition.

The Canadians went 2-1-0 Saturday at the finale on the nine-stop HSBC Sevens World Series. They will play the United States on Sunday in the quarter-finals.

Canada, which came into the tournament 11th in the standings, beat No. 9 Samoa and No. 8 Argentina before losing 31-14 to Series leader Fiji.

A marquee quarter-final matchup sees Fiji plays No. 2 South Africa in a game that will decide the overall series winner.

The other men's quarter-finals are New Zealand versus England and Australia versus Scotland.

The Fijians, whose career record is 39-2 against Canada, scored off the opening kickoff and sliced open the Canadian defence several times en route to a 21-7 halftime lead. Adam Zaruba crashed over the line on the final play of the half to put Canada on the board.

"One more score, game over," Fiji coach Ben Ryan told his team at halftime.

That came less than a minute later as Fiji intercepted a pass near its goal-line and scored on the ensuing attack.

Nathan Hirayama added a try for Canada and Harry Jones kicked two conversions.

The Fiji win meant the Pacific Islanders went through the entire season without losing a game in pool play, winning 27 straight.

The tournament, officially called the Marriott London Sevens 2015, drew a record crowd of 77,033 to Twickenham Stadium with many in costume. Organizers called for a galactic fancy dress theme. following last year's successful monster motif.

In beating Brazil 56-7 to also advance to the Cup quarter-finals, England secured Olympic qualification for Team Great Britain at the 2016 Games.

The top four teams in the final standings automatically qualify for the Olympics with No. …

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