Canada endured another heartbreaker at the Hong Kong Sevens on Sunday, losing 19-14 in overtime to Russia in the consolation Shield final to finish 14th.
A tournament that started with Canada coming within two minutes of upsetting Series leader Fiji for only the third time in 43 matches ended with more disappointment as the Canadian men wasted a 14-7 halftime lead and ultimately fell victim to a Vladislav Lazarenko try.
Fiji, which rallied to beat Canada 19-17 on Friday, successfully defended its Hong Kong title by a 21-7 score in a scrappy, tight final Sunday against New Zealand.
Canada remained 13th in the overall standings after seven stops on the 10-event rugby sevens circuit. Russia stands 15th.
After going 1-2 on the first two days of play, Canada stumbled out of the blocks Sunday in a 19-10 loss to Samoa. Trailing 19-0 at the half, Canada roared back on tries by Nathan Hirayama and Mike Fuailefau but fell short.
The two teams could well meet again at a last-ditch Olympic qualifier in Monaco in June.
Canada rebounded to beat Portugal 19-5 on tries by Fuailefau, Conor Trainor and captain John Moonlight. Fuailefau and Moonlight also scored in the loss to Russia.
Excert: Globe and Mail & the Associated Press
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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