After filleting the Uruguayan national team 29-0 the Canadian 7s team walked off the field at the USA 7s with a little bit of a swagger.
Pushing Fiji was nice, beating the USA was nicer, but thrashing a tough Uruguay team made them feel just a little bit better.
“It was nice to actually string together a full game,” said Canada captain Nathan Hirayama. “We haven’t really done that this tournament. We had spurts of playing well.”
Hirayama said the team feels like they can win any game.
“We’re in it to win it, and we felt like we played well at times against Fiji,” he said. “They scored two tries in the first few minutes, and we were playing down a man for a while. That made it harder, but we were still competitive.”
Hirayama himself has started to take control of games on the ground. He is running the ball more and breaking tackles.
“I think maybe it’s a confidence thing, or maybe someone has to fill Phil Mack’s role as a playmaker; I think everyone is stepping up to do that.”
Canada has plenty of support in Las Vegas as they look to the Bowl Semifinals on Sunday.
“It’s great it feels like a home game except when we played the States on Friday,” he said. “It’s really great to play in front of so many Canadian fans.”
Canada’s Saturday Box Scores:
Canada 10 Fiji 19
Tries: Hirayama, Duke
Canada 29 Uruguay 0
Tries: Paris 3, Duke, Hassler
Convs: Hirayama 2