April 16th, 2024

Canadian women’s squad to compete in semifinals at HSBC SVNS, men finish 12th

By The Canadian Press on February 25, 2024.

Canada's Sophie De Goede grabs Great Britain's Abi Burton during Vancouver Sevens women's rugby action, in Vancouver, on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ethan Cairns

VANCOUVER – The Canadian men’s rugby sevens squad finished 12th at the HSBC SVNS at B.C. Place on Sunday after losing 17-12 to Spain in sudden death overtime.

Canada went winless in the tournament on home turf, also losing to Spain in group stage action Saturday.

Elias Hancock opened the scoring for Canada after Thomas Isherwood won a line-in, off-loading to Jack Carson.

Spain countered with Juan Ramos scoring before Carson regained the lead for Canada at the end of the first half.

But the Spanish side tied the score thanks to Francisco Cosculluela before securing the win in overtime.

Once again, Canadian head coach Sean White was happy with the fight shown by his team.

“That’s the response we’re looking for,” he said. “We wanted more grit.

“We’re creating opportunities, we’re just not capitalizing at the moment.”

The Canadian women’s rugby sevens squad has a shot at a medal Sunday when it faces New Zealand in semifinal action. Australia takes on France in the other contest.

In men’s action, the U.S. plays Argentina in one semifinal while New Zealand squares off against France in the other contest.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 25, 2024.

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