Canada triumph against U.S. in Singapore Sevens final
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 23:00
Springbok Sevens winger Siviwe Soyizwapi said the team was keen to rectify the mistakes from last weekend. Feels good to put it all together.
He said the team was "still hurting from the quarterfinals, we didn't front, we let ourselves down".
"If we are going to allow them to run around‚ we will have a lot of defending to do".
From a resulting wayward Hirayama pass, Lucas Hammond gathered, looked up to see gaping hole in the USA defence, which he exploited to run in to score from outside the 22.
"Well, hopefully we hear from him", Moonlight said, when asked by CNN's Christina Macfarlane.
With a little under 20 seconds a United States knock on gave Canada possession and following the tap, Hirayama ran the ball back from just outside the USA 22, back inside his own half and out of play to secure a historic victory.
Despite the injuries, head coach Simon Amor believes the changes have opened doors for players to make their mark on the squad. "Last night we were beaten by Fiji so we had a little bit of soul-searching and then we came back and beat some of the best teams in the world".
"This will show that Canadian rugby has so much to offer".
Three of the Blitzboks' four defeats this season (and a draw) came at the hands of England‚ with the defeat in the Vancouver final last month the most recent.
South Africa began the day as expected dominating Japan on the field and on the scoreboard.
Trailing by 10 points with just a minute remaining, Tom Lucas ensured a grandstand finale by running half the length of the pitch to give Australia a fighting chance.
Borello got one back for the Roar when he turned inside on the right-hand side of the penalty area and curled a low left-footed effort into the far corner past the despairing arm of Lewis Italiano.
"Having that breakthrough... was an awesome thing and it just was a happy moment for us", he said. The African side lost 13-12 to England, who snatched victory with a late penalty.
Coach Andy Friend was very pleased with the team's performance on the first day. He also played previously for Canada in 15's rugby, at the U21 level, and spent a winter playing club rugby in New Zealand.
140 appearances on the HSBC World Rugby 7s Series since 1999 and finally Canada can enjoy the sweet taste of a Cup final victory.