Canada started off the Cape Town Sevens Series with a loss to Scotland, 21-14, then fell to Australia in their second game of the day, losing 29-15. They rallied and ended day one with a convincing 28-7 victory over Wales.
Two major milestones were reached in their 28-7 victory. Douglas hit a career total 126 tries making him Canada’s leading all time try scorer and Hirayama’s four conversions pushed his career points total to 1,502. . He is only the fourth player to break 1500 points.
Canada ended the Cape Town Sevens series with a loss to Argentina in the Challenge Trophy Semifinals, 24-14.
Canada earned five points in Cape Town, putting them at 10 total going into 2019. They’ll continue their quest for Tokyo 2020 qualification in Hamilton, January 26-27th, 2019.
Canada Roster for Cape Town:
1. Connor Braid – James Bay AA (Victoria, BC)
2. Admir Cejvanovic – Burnaby Lake RFC (Burnaby, BC)
3. Andrew Coe – Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)
4. Cooper Coats – Halifax Tars (Halifax, NS)
5. Justin Douglas – Abbotsford RFC (Abbotsford, BC)
6. Nathan Hirayama “C” – Unattached (Richmond, BC)
7. Isaac Kaay – UVIC Vikes (Kamloops, BC)
8. Patrick Kay – Castaway Wanderers (Duncan, BC)
9. Luke McCloskey – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
10. Josiah Morra – Toronto Saracens (Toronto, ON)
11. Matt Mullins – Queen’s University (Belleville, ON)
12. Jake Thiel – Abbotsford RFC (Abbotsford, BC)
13. Adam Zaruba – Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)
Credit: Rugby Canada, The Province & IRB 7s