France vs Canada – USA Sevens Rugby
26 - 19
Challenge Final Sam Boyd Stadium03/04/201803:10 PM2018 USA Sevens

With a man in the sin bin, France played remarkably well on defense to keep Canada from capitalizing on the advantage. Astonishingly, the undermanned French were the ones able to get on the scoreboard with a breakaway try by Jonathan Laugel. Back at a full seven, France added a second converted try by way of Pierre Sayerse to maek it 14–0. But with 1:59 left in the match, a second yellow card led to a red for France. Down a man for the next nine minutes, France faced an uphill battle to claim a third challenge trophy this season.

Less than a minute after France saw red, the men in red got on the board with a try by Cai Devine and a conversion from Nathan Hirayama. Still, it was France that ended the first half with a try, making it 19–7 at the break.

Seemingly inspired by the difficult situation, France came out with intensity to start the second half. In the tenth minute, Canada’s Justin Douglas was almost away for a try, but was brought back on an obstruction call. France kicked to touch and succeeded in burning some more of the clock. Canada, however, soon forced a turnover and got a five-pointer thanks to Tevaughn Campbell in the eleventh minute. Hirayama’s conversion attempt was a miss, keeping a seven-point buffer for France. In the thirteenth-minute, France’s Thibauld Mazzoleni pushed France deep into Canada territory, but playing down a man, France could not capitalize. Less than a minute later, Campbell got the ball in space and dotted down for the try to pull within two of France. Hirayama’s conversion tied the scores.

With barely enough time for a restart, Canada stole the ball and set to work to try and win a second straight match on full time. Instead, it was France’s Jean Pascal Barraque stealing a Canada offload for the try under the post and conversion to win the 2018 USA Sevens Challenge Trophy: France 26, Canada 19.