Singapore 7s: Canada Bests USA Eagles For 1st-Place Finish

Singapore 7s: Canada Bests USA Eagles For 1st-Place Finish
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The Canadian sevens team made history on Sunday by winning its first-ever HSBC World Rugby Sevens tournament title with a 26-19 finals victory over the United States in Singapore. Canada's triumph on the eighth stop of the tour capped a final day filled with upsets, including wins against New Zealand and England before battling the USA Eagles for the crown.

In the all-North American final, Canada jumped out to an 19-0 lead and had to fend off a furious rally by the USA. The Eagles scored three unanswered tries to cut the deficit to 19-12 at halftime and then tie the match early in second half following Perry Baker's second try. However, Canada's ball movement proved too much for the USA, and Lucas Hammond took advantage of an opening in the Eagles defense to clinch the Canadians' historic win.

Canada only lost one of its six matches in the tournament -- a 35-7 lashing by Olympic champion Fiji in Saturday's pool play -- and it proved to be a motivating factor heading into the knockout rounds in Singapore.

"We took a licking from Fiji yesterday and took a licking from the coach, from the players, and ourselves, and we showed up today and showed the world that we can beat anyone," Canada captain John Moonlight said.

Canada moved up two places in the world standings following its first-place finish and now sits in seventh. The USA, which beat Fiji 24-19 in the quarterfinals and Australia 40-7 in the semifinals, remains in fifth place with 101 points. South Africa, which finished sixth in Singapore, leads overall with 157 points -- 25 ahead of second place Fiji heading into the series' penultimate round in Paris on May 13-14. England follows two points behind in third, while New Zealand resides in fourth with a 110-point total.
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