Canada vs Spain – USA Sevens Rugby
21 - 14
Challenger Qtr FinalsSam Boyd Stadium03/03/201804:54 PM2018 USA Sevens

For the winner, important ranking points and a possibility to play Scotland tomorrow morning awaited. The loser would face the grim specter of a dead-last result.

Canada threatened first, but Spain stood strong. Following a couple costly penalties against Canada, Spain found itself looking for a lineout kick inside the Canada twenty-two, but the kick to touch went in-goal, giving Canada a twenty-two drop out. Spain still managed to work the ball back inside the Canada twenty-two, but a penalty squandered the advantageous territory. A second penalty shortly thereafter gifted Canada a lineout throw on the cusp of the Spanish ten-meter line.

From the throw, Canada worked the ball down the chain and looked like Tavaugh Campbell would catch the edge and be gone, but Campbell opted not to back himself. In the end, it worked out as the Canadians continued to pressure deeper and deeper into Spanish territory before opening a gap in the defense for Nathan Hirayama to stroll in for a score. Hirayama’s conversion made it 7–0. Another Canada try to close the half through John Moonlight and conversion by Hirayama made it fourteen points for Canada and none to Spain through one half.

Pablo Fontes got Spain on the board with a converted try a minute and a half into the second half to make it a game. But Hirayama lifted the Canadian lead back fourteen with a cracking run up the gut and conversion at the midway point of the half. Spain cut into the lead when Inaki Villanueva managed to catch up to a grubber by Igor Genua in the left corner. The tough conversion found its target, making it a seven-point match with half a minute remaining. But Canada managed to collect the restart and kill the clock: Canada 21, Spain 14.