Canadian men winless after Day 1 at London 7s
Canada had a tough day at the HSBC London Sevens, losing three straight games on Saturday, including a 40-14 loss at the hands of New Zealand.
The Canadian men lost 26-0.
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Earlier Saturday, Canada lost 19-14 to France and 26-5 to Australia. The Australians (2-1-0) beat France 28-19 and finished second in Pool C against New Zealand. Canada was bottom of the four-team group, falling in consolation play on Sunday.
Henry Paul’s Canadian team has seen a major change since the Tokyo Olympics last summer, where the Canadian men finished eighth.
New Zealand were a motivated side, claiming an unusual ninth place finish in Toulouse last week. The All Blacks have missed the first four legs of the season due to pandemic travel restrictions.
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Akuila Rokolisoa scored two tries and Ngahori McGarvey-Black, Roderick Solo, Dylan Collier and Kitiona Vai added singles for New Zealand (3-0-0) against Canada.
McGarvey-Black added three conversions while Rokolisoa kicked two for the All Blacks.
Nicholas Allen and Thomas Isherwood added consolation tries for Canada in the final minutes. Cooper Coats launched two conversions.
McGarvey-Black missed the final minute with a yellow card for a high tackle.
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Earlier, Elias Ergas and Alex Russell scored tries in a losing cause against France, who finished third last weekend at home. Coats added two conversions.
Anton Ngongo scored Canada’s only try against Australia.
London is the eighth leg of the nine-event men’s season, which ends August 27-28 in Los Angeles.
The Canadians, who arrived in London 14th overall, are hoping to climb the ladder to avoid relegation. Teams in 15th and 16th place will lose their base status at the end of the season.
The Canadians finished seventh overall after their six-event season, which ended last week in Toulouse.
Next up for Canada is a quarter-final game for ninth place against Argentina on Sunday (5:36 a.m. ET).
They missed last week’s Cup quarter-finals in France behind controversial England and Argentina on the points differential. In their last pool game, England and Argentina opted to kill the clock and left little chance to affect their points differential.
Action at Twickenham Stadium resumes for Day 2 of the event on Sunday at 4.20am ET.
You can also watch streaming coverage and analysis on CBCSports.ca on Saturdays at 2 p.m. ET and Sundays at 3 p.m. ET. Check your local listings for CBC TV broadcast times.