Determination & belief: @rugbycanada win @HSBCworld7s in Singapore

Lucas Hammond scored the winning try for Canada in the final game versus USA to take the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series cup in Singapore.
© J. Ashley Nixon

First ever win for Canada in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series

A wonderful weekend of rugby was capped on Sunday in Singapore with a historic win by Canada over USA to take the Cup in the latest round of the HSBC World Rugby Series.

In the first minute of the game, Matt Mullins took a slip pass from Harry Jones just inside the USA half and outpaced the fastest man on the pitch, Perry Baker, to score Canada’s first try. Two minutes later, BC Boy Harry Jones from the Capilano Rugby Club passed to John Moonlight, who slipped the ball back inside to Jones who was left open to cruise half the length of the pitch and put the ball down under the posts. The 80th try of his career in World Rugby Sevens and Nathan Hirayama converted with the drop goal.

Great handling skills from the lads in red created another try after Lucas Hammond kicked through for Mike Fuailefau to drop on the ball as it went over the try line. Another conversion by Hirayama and Canada were up by nineteen points.

The Florida Flyer, Perry Baker, put the first points on the board for USA after picking up a loose ball from the tackle inside his own half and beating John Moonlight on the inside. Baker’s season-leading 40th try was converted by Madison Hughes to make it 19-7. Stephen Tomasin squeezed in between Hammond and the left corner flag for Team USA’s second try and with the conversion just missed, the teams went into the break with a lead by Canada, 19-12

Be determined and believe

Canada’s coach, Damian McGrath got in with his team at the interval to say a few words. “Be determined and believe.” the Yorkshireman said, positively. They had shown a lot of spirit and desire so far over the weekend with wins against New Zealand and England in the quarter and semi-finals respectively. But Canada first had to get over a second try from Baker who put on the jets to go, left wing, accelerating past Moonlight and Hirayama to score under the posts. With the drop goal by Hughes, it was 19 points apiece and five minutes to go. Team USA almost took the lead three minutes later as Tomasin went for the line but the four strong defending arms of Fuailefau and Jones jointly held him up, no try.

With less than two minutes on the clock, Lucas Hammond from the Toronto Nomads took a short pass from Nathan Hirayama on the USA ten-metre line, sided stepped a couple of defenders and stormed through to score under the posts.

Final score: USA 19-26 Canada. Precious. Brilliant and awesome!

You can view the match here:

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Canadian rugby fans around the world are celebrating their team’s win in the final versus USA to take the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series cup in Singapore.
© J. Ashley Nixon

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