Canada, Spain and Portugal join World Series

(IRB.COM) Sunday 25 March 2012
Canada, Spain and Portugal join World Series
Spain, Canada and Portugal claimed the three core team places on offer for the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series

Sean Duke scored a hat-trick to help Canada win the Shield in the core team qualifier final, recording a 22-5 victory against Spain at the 2012 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Sevens World Series.

Both teams had earlier claimed one of the three core team places on the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series, and were joined by Portugal who beat Japan 33-19 in the qualifying play-off match after these two teams had lost their respective semi finals.

Tries from Conor Trainor and Taylor Paris, and Nathan Hirayama's crucial conversions, were enough to clinch a 14-12 win for Canada against Portugal, whilst Spain beat Japan in sudden death extra time, captain Pablo Feijoo scoring the winning try.


Earlier Spain had beaten Tonga 19-7 and Japan's Lote Tuqiri snatched a dramatic sudden death extra time victory against hosts Hong Kong in the quarters.

In the other side of the draw Duke scored his 50th and 51st World Series tries as Canada beat Russia 24-7. Goncalo Foro's two tries gave Portugal a dramatic 21-17 victory against Zimbabwe after the buzzer had sounded.

Round-up: Days one and two

Video: Day two highlights


Hosts Hong Kong progressed to the quarter finals after beating China 29-5 thanks to nine points from Keith Robertson, making it three wins from three on home soil.

Earlier they shocked Tonga and made it two wins from two as they scored three unanswered second half tries to win 26-7 against the South Sea islanders. 

Tonga finished second in Pool D after beating Uruguay 33-12 in the final match of the qualifying competition thanks to two tries from Daniel Kilioni.

Uruguay suffered a second defeat, dramatically conceding a try in the final play of their match against China. Liu Guanjan scored his second try after the buzzer had sounded, captain Li Jialin also scored twice in the match

On day one Tonga came from 5-0 behind to beat China 33-12 after Li Yang had scored the opening try of the match. Dai Rees' side also proved too strong for Uruguay as they were buoyed by the home crowd to win 17-14 thanks to tries from Tom McQueen, Keith Robertson and Ross Armour.


Canada top Pool E despite suffering a 24-21 defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe in their first match on day two. Geriant John's side ended the pool stages with a narrow 10-7 victory against Spain, who finished second.

Earlier Spain made it two wins from two record at the Hong Kong Sevens, beating the Philippines 21-5 thanks to 11 points from Cesar Sempere who scored the first of their three tries.

Zimbabwe bounced back from their opening day loss to record two victories on day two, 24-21 against Canada and 21-17 against the Philippines, and finished third.

On day one Javier Canosa, captain Pablo Feijoo and Pedro Martin all scored for Spain as they beat Zimbabwe 19-5 after five different players scored tries for Canada as they beat the Philippines 35-5.


Portugal top Pool F ahead of the quarter finals after beating Russia 17-10 in their third and final match. Duarte Moreira scored a last minute try to secure victory after they had earlier come from 22-0 behind at half time to beat Japan 26-22.

In yet another match decided with the last play, Portugal won their second match thanks to Aderito Esteves who scored his second try after the buzzer had sounded.

Russia made it two wins from two as they came from 12-0 behind to beat Guyana 14-12 in their first match on day two, thanks to second half tries from captain Dmitriy Perov and Ivan Kotov in the final play of the match.

Guyana suffered a third defeat in their final pool match, losing 38-5 to Japan as Shohei Toyoshima and Yoshikazu Fujita both scored two tries. 

On day one Pedro Leal scored twice in the opening match of the tournament as Portugal secured a 19-0 victory against Guyana and Russia beat Japan 14-7 in their first match, Vladimir Ostroushko breaking a 7-7 half time deadlock.