Hirayama lifts Canada past Portugal at Hong Kong Sevens

Hirayama lifts Canada past Portugal at Hong Kong Sevens

No. 10 France, runner-up last month in Vancouver, thumped invitational side Portugal 40-7 in the other Pool B match.

Papua New Guinea finished second with seven points as Hong Kong came third with five points two ahead of fourth placed Uganda.

Douglas now has 133 career tries for Canada.

Argentina built a 12-0 lead with Nathan Hirayama sent to the sin bin for an intentional knock-on just before the break.

The Canadian men open play on Saturday against France before taking on Portugal.

Kazakhstan also still have hopes of reaching the series after winning one of their three pool matches in Hong Kong to reach the last eight, alongside Hong Kong who booked their place in the quarter finals with a 26-5 win over Uganda.

In their Sydney 7s semifinal match, New Zealand beat Fiji 36-14 and in their Las Vegas 7s Cup quarterfinal match New Zealand also beat Fiji 19-14.

South Africa, who went through Pool "A" unscathed, beating Japan 22-7, Scotland 26-10 and Samoa 21-7, face United States of America in the Cup quarterfinals.

The All Blacks Sevens will next face Kenya in Hong Kong pool play, before a mouth-watering showdown against Fiji later tonight.

The Pool C match between New Zealand and Australia started with a minute's silence to commemorate victims in the Christchurch shootings.

In the women's tournament, Brazil beat Scotland 28-19 to win the title.

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