April 17, 2017
Canada created history tonight by winning the Singapore 7s after beating the United States of America 26-19 and picking its first Cup title in its 140th event of the World Sevens Series.
Canada has been competing in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series since 1999, but this was the first time they've ever tasted that winning feeling in the Cup Final.
The Canadians raced ahead into a 19-0 lead but USA scored twice through Perry Baker in a thrilling finale.
A try in the dying moments from Lucas Hammond sealed the win for Damian McGrath's side.
Nathan Hirayama, HSBC Player of the Final, said: “I am speechless. I am so proud of the boys. Working so hard for a long time. Feels good to put it together. Fiji was a wake-up call, it wasn’t good enough, but we just kept on rolling today.”
Canadian Captain John Moonlight said it was an unbelievable feeling to finally lift and tournament title and thanked his players for the wonderful show in the weekend.
“It’s hard to put that (Cup win) into words. We took a licking against Fiji yesterday, and from our coach. But we showed up today, we showed the world we can beat anyone. We beat three of the best teams today. We are flying. An unbelievable feeling,” he stated.
Coach Damian McGrath, who coached Samoa to a shock win at the HSBC Paris Sevens last year, added: "It's incredible. Last night (on day one) 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."
Shocks and upsets were the order of the day as Fiji, South Africa and New Zealand all crashed out on at the quarter-final stages of the tournament on Sunday.
England won the bronze medal match at the National Stadium after beating Australia 14-12 while Wales beat Scotland 24-12 to win the Challenge Trophy.
By Reginald Chandar