Rugby·Recap

Canadian men advance to Cup quarter-finals at London 7s

Canada finished pool play with a 31-12 win over Japan to help seal a spot in the Cup quarter-finals at the men's World Rugby Sevens event in London.

Victories over Argentina, Japan set up date with rival Americans

Canada's Connor Braid, centre, passes the ball during a match between Canada and Argentina on Saturday at the London 2019 World Rugby Sevens Series event at Twickenham Stadium. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

Canada finished pool play with a 31-12 win over Japan to help them claim a spot in the Cup quarter-finals at the men's World Rugby Sevens event in London.

A first-half hat trick from Adam Zaruba gave Canada a 19-5 lead heading into the second half.

Justin Douglas and Jake Thiel scored a try each in the second half to put the finishing touches on the win over the Japanese.

WATCH | Adam Zaruba powers Canada to win over Japan:

Watch Canada battle Japan at the World Rugby Sevens Series in London, England 22:13

South Africa's 40-21 victory over Argentina sealed Canada's spot in the Cup quarter-final, which will come against the U.S. on Sunday at 6:42 a.m. ET.

WATCH | Canada scores 14-12 win over Argentina:

Watch Canada take on Argentina at the World Rugby Sevens Series in London, England 19:32

Canada began its Saturday with a narrow win over Argentina, before the Canadians were outscored 31-0 in the second half against South Africa on the way to a 45-14 defeat.

WATCH | Canada can't hold off Blitzboks:

Watch Canada take on South Africa at the World Rugby Sevens Series in London, England 19:38

A patient Canadian squad scored a try to enter the half tied 14-14 with the two-time defending Series champions but South Africa responded early in the second half, taking advantage of a high pass by its opponent that curled too much, and the rout was on.

With the win over Argentina, the South Africans became the only team to win their pool at each event this season.

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