SAN FRANCISCO — The Canadian men’s rugby sevens team couldn’t muster enough offence against Australia, losing 19-7 in the Challenge Trophy consolation semifinals at the Rugby World Cup Sevens on Sunday.
Australia’s sustained pressure with ball in hand put Canada on the defensive, while the team’s physical play at the breakdown forced several turnovers in a messy match. Lucas Hammond scored the lone try for Canada, with Nate Hirayama adding the conversion.
Canada will face Wales at 6:46 p.m. ET/3:46 p.m. PT with 11th place up for grabs.
Later, the two-time reigning World Rugby Sevens Series champion South Africa will square off against England in the first semifinal at 3:40 p.m. ET/12:40 p.m. PT. The vaunted Blitzboks enter as the favourite, but England has momentum after dispatching the host Americans with a memorable cross-kick that led to the winning try in extra time.
The other semifinal pits Fiji against reigning World Cup winner New Zealand at 4:02 p.m. ET/1:02 p.m. PT. The All Blacks sevens squad will look to match their counterparts on the women’s side; the Black Ferns successfully defended their World Cup title Saturday night with a resounding 29-0 win over France and celebrated with a traditional haka.
Source : cbc