Canadian men to face All Blacks in Singapore rugby sevens quarter-finals

Canada through to Singapore quarter-finals

SINGAPORE — Captain John Moonlight scored his 98th career try on the rugby sevens circuit as Canada advanced to the Cup quarter-finals at the Singapore Sevens on Saturday.

The Canadian men defeated Russia 28-15 and Hong Kong 34-0 before being bulldozed 35-7 by Olympic champion Fiji.

It marks the fourth tournament in a row — and fifth in six events — that the Canadian men have reached the quarter-finals.

Canada, currently ninth in the overall standings, will face No. 4 New Zealand on Sunday. The Canadian ran the All Blacks close in a 15-14 loss in Vancouver last month but their overall record against New Zealand is 2-32-1.

In the other quarter-finals at the National Stadium, it’s England versus Kenya, Fiji versus the U.S., and Australia versus South Africa.

Singapore is the eighth stop on the 10-event HSBC World Rugby Sevens circuit.

Moonlight moved within two tries of a century against No. 15 Russia. Justin Douglas, Luke McCloskey and Mike Fuailefau also scored tries.

Lucas Hammond, Fuailefau, Harry Jones, Matt Mullins and Jared Douglas — Justin’s older brother — all scored in a romp over Hong Kong, which was invited to the tournament as Asian champion.

Canada paid for a poor performance against No. 2 Fiji, which is coming off a tournament win in Hong Kong.

Waisea Nacuqu scored three tries and Mesulame Kunavula and Sevuloni Mocenacagi added singles for the Pacific Islanders in a lopsided game that saw three yellow cards: two for Fiji and one for Canada (Issac Kaay).

Nacuqu’s first try came after teammate Setareki Bituniyata beat three Canadian would-be tacklers.

With his team down 21-0 at the half, coach Damian McGrath told the Canadians to pick it up. “It’s not good enough,” he said.

But the tailspin continued. Jared Douglas, on a pass from his brother, scored a consolation try for Canada with no time remaining.

 

The Canadian Press

Just Posted

VIDEO: Explorers uncover Canada’s deepest cave in Fernie

The cave, named Bisaro Anima, was confirmed to have broken the record on New Year’s Day

New Glade ferry enters testing phase

The Glade II will be able to carry heavier loads and will use less greenhouse gases.

Freezing rain warning in effect for B.C. Southern Interior

Environment Canada issued the freezing rain warning for most of the Southern Interior Tuesday morning

Rumble In The Rockies brings live boxing back to Fernie

Local boxer, Dylan Mitchell takes first career win at home

Smiles all around as province announces emergency ward funding

$2.1 million to go to much-needed upgrades

VIDEO: Orcas put on a show near Hornby Island

Louis Jobodin shares photos and video of his experience

VIDEO: B.C. Lions sign defensive back T.J. Lee to contract for upcoming season

The four-year veteran had a team-high four interceptions and 49 tackles last season with B.C.

How an immigrant to Canada helped Donald Trump prove his mental health

Test that cleared Trump was developed by doctor associated with McGill and Sherbrooke universities

Premier touches on multiple topics ahead of Asia trade trip

Housing and childcare are expected to be the focus of the BC NDP’s first budget in February.

UPDATE: Friends mourn boy, 15, killed in Vancouver shooting

John Horgan: ‘No stone is to be left unturned until we find the perpetrator of this heinous crime’

Vernon to host largest Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games in 2019

Games to be held Feb. 21-23, with more than 800 athletes expected to take part

Ex-BC Liberal staffer focused on ‘favourable’ ethnic communities in scandal: lawyer

Former communications director Brian Bonney’s sentencing hearing for breach of trust is underway

Sunwing vacation passengers left at Abbotsford airport

YXX staffers receive praise for help to passengers; airline criticized

BC Liberal leadership candidate stops in Cranbrook

Andrew Wilkinson drums up local support as race enters final weeks.

Most Read