Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Men Suffer Lopsided Losses to Fiji, South Africa at Singapore Sevens

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Men Suffer Lopsided Losses to Fiji, South Africa at Singapore Sevens

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Tough day for Canada at Singapore Sevens

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SINGAPORE - Canada was thumped by Fiji and South Africa before rallying to beat Scotland in the Singapore Sevens on Saturday.

The Singapore event is the eighth round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

The Canadian men won the Singapore tournament in 2017, their lone victory on the World Series. But a tough draw following a poor showing in Hong Kong last week had them facing two of the top four teams on the circuit in pool play.

Canada, 12th in the overall standings, was outmatched in losing 50-12 to No. 2 Fiji and 36-0 to No. 4 South Africa. The day finished on a more positive note with a 33-10 win over No. 10 Scotland.

Fiji was upset 19-12 by Scotland and beaten 17-7 by South Africa. The Blitzboks (3-0-0) won Pool A with Fiji, Scotland and Canada all showing 1-2-0 records. Fiji finished second on points difference with Canada fourth after its two lopsided losses.

Canada will now face No. 14 Japan in the consolation Challenge trophy quarter-finals.

New Zealand, the U.S., and Australia joined South Africa in winning all three of their pool matches.

The Cup quarter-finals are South Africa versus Samoa, the U.S. versus Argentina, New Zealand versus Fiji and Australia versus England.

The Americans arrived in Singapore atop the overall standings with 130 points, Fiji was second (123) ahead of New Zealand (118), South Africa (99) and England (90).

The top four teams at the end of the 10-event season secure automatic qualification to the 2020 Olympics.

Mike Fuailefau and Justin Douglas led the Canadians out against Fiji, in honour of their 50th tournaments.

Canada beat Fiji 26-19 the last time they met in March in Vancouver. But Saturday's result improved Fiji's lead in the head-to-head meetings to 48-5.

Fiji was coming off winning the Hong Kong event for the fifth year in a row while Canada tied for 15th in what Damian McGrath, in a social media posting, called "without doubt the worst tournament we've played since I began coaching Canada 7s. …

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