France vs Canada – USA Sevens Rugby
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Pool ASam Boyd Stadium03/04/201703:46 PMUSA Sevens

With each team having lost to South Africa and beaten Wales, France and Canada begin knock out play in their final pool match, with the winner set to advance as the second seed, and the loser settling for the challenge trophy competition. A Mike Fuailefau and Nathan Hirayama conversion for Canada was all the separated the two teams at the half, as France stood scoreless. With 3:45 left, France’s Jeremy Aicardi looked to be through for a try near the post, but Canada’s Harry Jones miraculously held Aicardi up, preventing the try. Canada regained possession and kicked a powerful clearer despite the wind. With exactly a minute left, Isaac Kaay powered in for the match insuring try for Canada. Hirayama added the conversion. With the restart coming on full time, France could still score, but not win.Canada, however, was the only side to benefit from the full-time play, with Justin Douglas breaking free for a try under the post, giving Hirayama two more points too. Canada 21, France 0.

With the win, Canada advances to meet Fiji later tonight in the quarterfinal. France settles for a challenge trophy quarterfinal date with Japan.