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Canadian Heartbreak at Olympic Qualifier in Monoco

Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images, May 2016 files

The first half was a cagey affair with Russia taking a 7-0 lead with no time remaining on a converted try by German Davydov. Conor Trainor answered for Canada early in the second half with Hirayama’s conversion knotting the score at 7-7.

Captain Vladimir Ostroushko broke through a pair of tackles for a converted try that gave the Russians a 14-7 lead with under three minutes to play.

In semifinal action, Spain downed Russia 17-12 and Samoa defeated Germany 26-14. Spain then topped Samoa 22-19 on a last second try by Ignacio Martin to advance to the Olympics.

Spain joins host Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Britain, Fiji, France, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, South Africa, and the U.S. at Rio 2016.

Canada rallied to down Ireland in consolation play, then easily beat Hong Kong 24-17 to take fifth place.

It’s the latest in a series of disappointments for the Canadians, who were denied making the Cup quarter-finals on tiebreakers at three stops of the World Series tour this season.

The Canadians made things difficult for themselves Saturday by losing 21-19 to Germany in their final game on Day 1 after crushing Uruguay 33-0 and Sri Lanka 57-0.

The loss meant the Canadians finished runner-up in Group B to unbeaten Germany and had to play Group C winner Russia rather than runner-up Chile.

Canada, Russia and Samoa are the only three teams in the 16th-country qualifying field that competed on the HSBC World Series this season. Samoa, which won the Paris Sevens, finished ninth overall while Canada was 13th and Russia 14th.

Canada and Russia split their six meetings on the World Series this season with the Russians winning the last two — 19-14 in Hong Kong and 33-0 in Paris.

Canada had to go the repechage route after losing 21-5 to the U.S. last June in the NACRA Sevens Cup final and finishing ninth overall in the 2014-15 World Series. The top four on the circuit that season qualified automatically for Rio.

Ireland, which upset Samoa, joined Germany as a surprise team on Day 1 in Monaco. Both sides went unbeaten along with Russia and Hong Kong.

The Canadian women have already qualified for the Olympics.

 

Source (Edmonton Metro)

The HSBC Sevens World Series 2015/16

Round 1 Dubai  4-5 December 2015

Round 2 Cape Town  (South Africa) 12-13 December 2015

Round 3 Wellington (New Zealand) 30-31 January 2016

Round 4 Sydney (Australia) 6-7 February 2016

Round 5 USA (Las Vegas)  4-6 March 2016

Round 6 CANADA (Vancouver)  12-13 March 2016

Round 7 Hong Kong 8-10 April 2016

Round 8 Singapore  16-17 April 2016

Round 9 Paris (France) 14-15 May 2015

Round 10 England (London) 21-22 May 2015