Canadian men winless after Day 1 at London 7s

The Canadian men's team finished pool play on Saturday winless following a 40-14 defeat to New Zealand at the HSBC World Sevens event in London.

Nicholas Allen, Thomas Isherwood score late tries for Canada in loss to New Zealand

In this file photo, Canada's Brock Webster runs for his second try against Scotland during HSBC Canada Sevens rugby action, in Vancouver, on Sunday, April 17, 2022. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Canada had a rough day at the HSBC London Sevens, losing three straight games Saturday including a 40-14 thumping at the hands of New Zealand.

The All Blacks wasted little time at Twickenham, leading 19-0 on three converted tries just four minutes into the game. It was one-way traffic in the first half with Canada pinned deep in its own territory the few times it had the ball.

The Canadian men went into the break down 26-0.

WATCH | Canada vs. New Zealand in London: 

Men’s World Rugby Sevens Series London: Canada vs. New Zealand

10 months ago
Duration 20:05
Canada takes on New Zealand in Pool C action in England.

Earlier Saturday, Canada lost 19-14 to France and 26-5 to Australia. The Australians (2-1-0) went on to beat France 28-19 and finish runner-up to New Zealand in Pool C. Canada was last in the four-team pool, falling into consolation play Sunday.

Henry Paul's Canadian side has gone through a major roster turnover since last summer's Tokyo Olympics where the Canadian men finished eighth.

New Zealand was a motivated team, coming off an uncharacteristic ninth-place finish in Toulouse last week. The All Blacks missed the first four stops of the season due to pandemic-related travel restrictions.

WATCH | Canada vs. France in London: 

Men’s World Rugby Sevens Series London: Canada vs. France

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Duration 20:53
Canada takes on France in Pool C action in England.

Akuila Rokolisoa scored two tries and Ngahori McGarvey-Black, Roderick Solo, Dylan Collier and Kitiona Vai added singles for New Zealand (3-0-0) against Canada.

McGarvey-Black added three conversions while Rokolisoa booted two for the All Blacks.

Nicholas Allen and Thomas Isherwood added consolation tries for Canada in the dying minutes. Cooper Coats kicked two conversions.

McGarvey-Black sat out the final minute with a yellow card for a high tackle.

WATCH | Canada vs. Australia in London: 

Men’s World Rugby Sevens Series London: Canada vs. Australia

10 months ago
Duration 21:19
Canada takes on Australia in Pool C action in England.

Earlier Elias Ergas and Alex Russell scored tries in a losing cause against France, which finished third last weekend on home soil. Coats added two conversions.

Anton Ngongo scored the lone Canadian try against Australia.

London is the eighth stop on the nine-event men's season, which will conclude Aug. 27-28 in Los Angeles.

The Canadians, who came into London in 14th spot overall, are hoping to move up the table to avoid relegation. The 15th- and 16th-place teams will lose their core status at the end of the season.

Canada held a slender edge over Wales in the standings with Japan 16th coming into London.

The Canadian women finished seventh overall after their six-event season, which wrapped up last week in Toulouse.

Up next for Canada is a ninth-place quarter-final matchup against Argentina on Sunday (5:36 a.m. ET). 

They missed out on the Cup quarter-finals last week in France behind England and Argentina controversially on point differential. In their final pool play match, England and Argentina elected to kill off the clock and allowed little chance to affect their point differential.

Action at Twickenham Stadium resumes for Day 2 of the event on Sunday at 4:20 a.m. ET.

You can also watch coverage and analysis, streaming on on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET and on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. Check your local listings for broadcast times for CBC TV.

With files from CBC Sports

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