Canadian men take opening victory over Germany at HSBC World Rugby. Brennig Prevost scored a try and set up another with a beautiful pass to Phil Berna as Canada defeated Germany 24-5 on Saturday in Vancouver to kick off the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

The Canadian women’s sevens team was defeated by the United States 22-12.

Victoria’s Prevost helped on Berna’s first try of the game in his World Rugby Sevens debut. Prevost kicked the ball into the end zone, where the Canadian captain was able to grab it.

“It was part set, half impromptu,” Vancouver’s Berna explained. “Brenning practically shouted at me. I said I’d be there and arrived precisely in time.”

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Canada vs. Germany at the HSBC Men’s World Rugby Sevens in Vancouver

Watch Canada take on Germany at the HSBC Rugby Sevens World Tour event in Vancouver, British Columbia. 21:07

Berna was a member of Canada’s Olympic team that finished ninth in Tokyo in August.

Toronto’s Josiah Morra scored two tries, while Prevost added two conversions on the day.

“”We knew we had some good young lads coming off the bench,” Berna explained. We wanted to provide them a solid foundation.”

Germany trailed 24-0 at the break, guided by former Canadian men’s coach Damian McGrath.

“In the first half, we didn’t touch the ball once, and you can’t play without the ball,” McGrath bemoaned. “Canada forced us to chase and sucked the life from us.”

Women’s fast four race

Canada led 12-5 in the first match of the women’s Fast Four tournament before handing up 17 points in the second half to the United States.

“It comes down to fitness and that extra couple of meters,” said Victoria, Canada, captain Oliva Apps.

“The United States screwed us over. They exploited our defensive line flaws and capitalized on them to maintain possession and score.”

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CAN versus. USA in the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Vancouver Fast Four

Watch Canada take on the United States in the HSBC World Rugby women’s fast four competition in Vancouver, British Columbia. 19:44

Emma Chown of Barrie, Ontario, had two tries. Chloe Daniels of Sutton, Ontario, kicked two field goals.

Other men’s games saw Ireland defeat Hong Kong 17-14, the United Kingdom defeat Jamaica 24-5, Kenya defeats Spain 15-5, the United States defeat Chile 33-5, and South Africa defeat Mexico 53-0.

In women’s play, the United Kingdom defeated Mexico 39-0.

Tournament attendance and structure

The tournament is the first in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series since the COVID-19 outbreak shut down the circuit in March 2020.

The Canadian men finished third in the most recent event held in Vancouver.

Because to COVID, attendance at BC Place Stadium was limited to 13,500 in the lower bowl, but that didn’t stop people from dressing up for the event.

There were wizards in tall hats, a lot of yellow bananas, various hairy creatures, numerous pirates, a group dressed as canned clams, what appeared to be a bottle of ketchup, some Mounties, a blue shark, and several people in loud Hawaiian shirts among the throng.

Instead of the usual 16, the competition involves only a dozen men’s teams. Powerhouse nations like New Zealand, Fiji, Australia, and Samoa opted out of Vancouver.

The Canadian men are competing in a pool with the United States, Chile, and Germany.

In the weeks following Tokyo, several Canadian veterans, including Nate Hirayama, Connor Braid, Justin Douglas, and Conor Trainor, retired.

The women’s “Fast Four” in Vancouver are Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. They compete against each other, with the top two vying for the championship and the other two vying for third place.

According to World Rugby, there will be no relegation from the 2021 Series, and the results will not be used to seed future events.