Canada vs England – USA Sevens Rugby
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5th Place Semi FinalSam Boyd Stadium03/05/201701:22 PMUSA Sevens

Canada began its bid for a top-five finish like men possessed. After seventy seconds of trying to blitz the English, a call at the England twenty-two finally gave England a chance to slow the match down with a scrum. Consistent and generally sound sevens from England paid off with a blistering run from Tom Bowen freeing captain Tom Mitchell on the inside for the try under the post. Mitchell’s conversion put England in the driver’s seat as the fifth minute began. Canada was awarded a lineout off the restart, and survived a turnover on the other side of the pitch, gaining another lineout throw. The call of unstraight gave the ball back to England and a good run by Dan Bibby followed by a pass to Richard de Carpentier and his fend of a tackler, stretched the England lead. The restart went out on the full, providing one-last chance for Canada before the half, but England did not let up in defense, preserving the 12–0 lead.

Two and a half minutes into the second half Harry Jones got Canada on the board. The score came after Canada obviously knocked the ball forward, but the call was missed, allowing the Canadians a miraculous break to keep in the match, down just seven points. A clearly frustrated English team, brought in there start kick and won a penalty at the Canada ten-meter but a knock-on with 2:30 showing on the clock gave Canada a scrum feed and a chance to pull level. A penalty on England in the scrum, further aided the cause for the men in red, but a Mike Fuailefau one-handed pass intended for his wing, was intercepted. Had the pass found its mark, it may have been a try. In the hands of England, however, the possession led to a penalty and a lineout throw from England near halfway. England took its time to make the throw, ensuring that fewer than sixty seconds remained between them and Canadian elimination. Another penalty against Canada with ten seconds left, accomplished the goal for England once the sun rose on Sunday: a chance to play for fifth. Canada will settle for an 0–2 finish to the USA Sevens, left looking forward to next week’s home base support in Vancouver.