A roller-coaster rugby sevens season that began with a participant strike led to Olympic qualification for Canada’s males Sunday.
The Canadians accomplished a dominant run at a regional qualifying match, defeating Jamaica 40-5 within the remaining of the eight-country competitors within the Cayman Islands to ebook their ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Video games.
The comfy victory left Canada with an ideal 6-0-Zero report on the RF Group RAN (Rugby Americas North) Sevens. The Canadian males outscored their opposition 293-15 on the match.
“A lot of us have been grinding for this for a long long time,” stated Canadian veteran Harry Jones. “There’s a lot of boys back home back as well that should be here too. We have five or six boys that are injured and not able to be here. They’re on that field with us.”
The lads, who missed out in 2016 when rugby sevens made its Olympic debut, will be a part of the Canadian girls in Tokyo. The ladies, who gained bronze in 2016 in Rio, had already certified.
“I’ve seen the disappointments in the past from Team Canada,” stated interim Canada coach Henry Paul, a former England sevens participant who’s an assistant coach with the Canadian 15s workforce. “Not anyone’s fault, just I think things worked against them. But this time we tried to do things differently.”
Paul stated Canada did its homework on its opposition and regarded to play with extra freedom with the ball.
Isaac Kaay scored two tries and Jones, Pat Kay, Andrew Coe, and Nate Hirayama added singles for Canada, which led Jamaica 19-Zero after two late scores in a sloppy first half. Hirayama booted 5 conversions.
Kaay’s attempt late within the first half noticed him use his boot to knock a low cross into his arms as he raced in direction of the posts.
After Jamaica minimize the result in 19-5 with a attempt early within the second half, a transformed Kaay attempt elevated the Canadian result in 26-5. Jamaica’s trigger was not helped when a participant was despatched to the sin-bin with underneath three minutes remaining.
Jones touched down a Hirayama grubber kick earlier than Hirayama scored underneath the posts to pad the Canadian benefit.
The Canadian gamers gathered in a scrum of our bodies after the ultimate whistle to rejoice Olympic qualification.
Canada blanked Bermuda 55-Zero in semifinal play and dispatched Guyana 47-5 within the quarterfinals earlier Sunday on the Truman Bodden Nationwide Sports activities Advanced.
Jamaica, which had gained 5 straight to get to the championship sport, beat Mexico 24-7 and Barbados 24-10 to advance Sunday.
Adam Zaruba and Kay every scored two tries and Coe, Jake Thiel, Cooper Coats, Matt Mullins and Phil Berna added singles within the semifinal win over Bermuda. Coats and Hirayama mixed for 5 conversions for Canada, which led 22-Zero on the break.
Earlier Sunday, Canada ran up a 26-Zero lead at halftime en path to downing Guyana.
Whereas Canada is headed to the Olympics, runner-up Jamaica and third-place Mexico can have one other alternative by way of a last-chance repechage match in 2020. Mexico thumped Bermuda 50-Zero within the third-place sport.
The automated Olympic qualification of the U.S. — because of its second-place end this season within the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Sequence — opened the door for the Canadian males for a first-ever Olympic berth.
However they got here to the Caymans with an injury-riddled roster, lacking Justin Douglas (ankle), Connor Braid (shoulder), Admir Cejvanovic (hamstring), Lucas Hammond (ankle) and Cole Davis (core).
The Canadian males arrived because the workforce to beat and so they confirmed why Saturday, blanking Barbados 47-Zero earlier than thumping Mexico 49-5 and Bermuda 55-Zero in Pool A play.
Jamaica took high honours in Pool B, outscoring Trinidad & Tobago, the Cayman Islands and Guyana 111-12.
The highest 4 finishers this season on each the boys’s and girls’s sides of the World Rugby Sevens Sequence earned automated Olympic qualification. That meant Fiji, the U.S., New Zealand and South Africa joined host Japan on the boys’s facet within the 12-country Olympic area.
Canada’s girls certified instantly by ending third general — together with Sequence-leading New Zealand, the U.S. and Australia.
The Canadian males completed 11th within the World Sequence after a roller-coaster 12 months that noticed the gamers sit out two months previous to the beginning of the 2018-19 season attributable to a contract dispute with Rugby Canada.
Canada minimize by the opposition on the Rio North American qualifier in June 2015, earlier than working into the U.S. within the remaining in Cary, N.C., the place Canada misplaced 21-5.
The Canadians’ qualifying journey led to a 14-12 quarterfinal loss to Russia within the Olympic repechage in Monaco, an occasion Spain gained to earn the ultimate berth within the 2016 Rio Video games.
Canada has fired two coaches since, with Zimbabwe’s Liam Middleton getting the axe after the Monaco repechage. His substitute, England’s Damian McGrath, was let go in early May. McGrath can take credit score for creating the depth that helped Canada fill the damage holes on the qualifier.
Paul led Canada on the ultimate two stops of the World Sequence season.
Making the Olympics might be a much-needed increase for Rugby Canada’s backside line. Personal The Podium advisable $6.31 million in funding to the ladies’s sevens squad within the first three years of the Tokyo quadrennial. The lads bought $130,000.
The Canadians turn into the sixth males’s workforce to verify its place in Tokyo. Argentina gained the Sudamerica Rugby Sevens to punch its ticket.
The six-team North American girls’s qualifier was a round-robin that includes the Bahamas, Bermuda, Jamaica, Mexico, St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago.
Jamaica and Mexico completed 1-2 on the finish of the round-robin and, with Canada and the U.S. already certified, will each advance to the 2020 girls’s repechage match. Mexico beat Jamaica 19-15 within the girls’s championship sport.
The ultimate three matches of the day have been delayed when the match ambulance needed to transport a participant to hospital throughout a placement sport. The ultimate matches have been placed on maintain till the ambulance returned.