By Rugby Canada
Canada’s Senior Men’s Sevens team finished 13th following two days of action at the HSBC London Sevens at Twickenham Stadium.
A challenging first day on the pitch for Henry Paul’s young roster, which featured seven BC-based players, saw the team coming up against the trio of France, Australia and New Zealand in Group C action.
Canada opened their Saturday schedule on the front foot against France, leading 14-7 at the half thanks to tries from Elias Ergas (UBC) and Alex Russell. However, a resilient France group came out in the second half, with Jonathan Laugel and teammate Nelson Epee registering tries to pull ahead for the 19-14 win.
Anton Ngongo’s (Castaway Wanderers) late, first half try in Canada’s second match of the day cut opponent Australia’s lead to just seven heading into the second half of play with a 12-5 scoreline. Unfortunately for Canada, a stifling defensive effort from the Aussies in the second half prevented any further scoring as Australia would move on to a 26-5 win at the final whistle.
New Zealand’s offence was on display early and often in Canada’s final match of Day 1, with five consecutive tries going on the board in the first half. Canada continued to compete despite falling behind early, holding New Zealand off the board in the second half and collecting a pair of back-to-back tries from Nicholas Allen (UBC) and Thomas Isherwood, with conversions on both from Cooper Coats. New Zealand would find a last-minute try to secure a 40-14 win and close out action for Canada on Day 1.