Saturday, February 2, 2013

Canada defeat Fiji 28-19 in Bowl final

Canadians celebrate Bowl Final Win
A possible coming of age took place in Wellington, New Zealand as Canada defeated Rugby Sevens heavy weights, Fiji 28-19 in the Bowl Final. It was the end to a successful event for the Canadian mens Rugby Sevens team. The win was the second time in history that Canada had defeated Fiji at Rugby Sevens and it came at the end of a highly memorable day. The day had started with Canada defeating Tonga 28-5 in a match in which the North Americans had firm control of. Canada fielded a team featuring big names in Canadian rugby circles such as Conor Trainor, Nathan Hirayama and Ciaran Hearn. The young and promising Tyler Ardron was also in the team as were John Moonlight, Sean Duke and Phil Mack. All players are certain to feature for the Senior Mens team in 2013 as Canada plays in the Pacific Nations Cup and in the North American section of Rugby World Cup Qualification. Two other players expected to feature are Harry Jones and Taylor Paris, both of whom featured in the win over Tonga from the bench. 

Canada´s Bowl Semi Final was against Spain and, like against Tonga, the North Americans were far too strong. Canada´s 31-7 victory  featured great rugby from Tyler Ardron, Conor Trainor and Taylor Paris in particular. they showed their value from a perspctive looking foward by seeing Canada take a 31-0 lead after the break. It set up an all-Pacific Nations Cup battle in the Bowl Final with Canada taking on Fiji. Canada was without its captain Nanyak Dala but had the talent required to snatch the Bowl. Canada´s starting lineup against Fiji was made up of Tyler Ardron, John Moonlight, Conor Trainor, Sean Duke, Nathan Hirayama, Ciaran Hearn and Taylor Paris. Canada started the final well with Paris scoring two first half tries and Duke also going in as the North Americans held a 21-14 lead after Hirayama had converted all three tries. Fiji scored first after the interval to narrow the lead to two points after the conversion attempt was wide. With less than two minutes remaining Canada scored the crucial try as Moonlight showed his potential by getting past Manueli Lagai and scoring. With the conversion Canada had a nine point lead and was able to fight off Fiji to complete a 28-19 victory.

On day one Canada had impressed with a 26-15 victory over South Africa but had been defeated 26-17 by Wales and 26-12 by Samoa.  

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