Canada roared to victory at the Rugby Americas North Sevens in the Cayman Islands to book their spot in the men’s game at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games. Fans who want to watch the live-action of Olympic Rugby in Olympic 2020 can get Olympic Rugby Tickets online.
After scoring 151 points and allowing just 5 during the group stage yesterday, the Canadians were equally dominant as they negotiated the knock-out rounds today.
They began at the Truman Bodden National Sports Complex in George Town with a 47-5 quarter-final win over Guyana before a 55-0 demolition of Bermuda in the last four. In the gold medal match, they were too strong for Jamaica winning 40-5 to claim the sole Tokyo Olympics 2020 space available from the tournament.
Canada had failed to reach the Olympics via the 2018-2019 World Rugby Sevens Series and sacked English coach Damian McGrath in May replacing him on an interim basis with New Zealand-born Henry Paul. They have now joined fellow North Americans the United States at the Games, who did qualify through the Series.
Canada’s Harry Jones said. “A lot of us have been grinding for this for a long time there are a lot of boys back home that couldn’t be here but they were on the field with us. To all of our fans supporter’s staff before and now, we love you all. This is such a great feeling.”
Jamaica who like Canada ended the group phase with a 100 percent record, could still qualify for Tokyo Olympic 2020 as their second-place finish has earned them a spot at next year’s repackage tournament.
They saw off Mexico 24-7 in the semi-finals and Barbados 24-10 in the last eight. Mexico won bronze and also gained a repackage tournament spot thanks to a 50-0 win over Bermuda.
In the quarter-finals, the Mexicans beat hosts Cayman Islands 12-7 while Bermuda piped Trinidad and Tobago 7-5. In the women’s event, Mexico beat Jamaica in the final.
Jamaica won all five matches to finish top of the round-robin phase including a 24-7 win over the Mexicans but the roles were reversed in the gold medal contest. Mexico who finished the round-robin second after three wins and two defeats pipped the Caribbean nation 19-15.
Both finalists have earned a place in the women’s Tokyo 2020 repackage tournament. No automatic spot was awarded to the event as both the US and Canada have already qualified through the World Rugby Sevens Series.
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