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Argentina ends Canada’s consolation round at World Rugby Sevens

Maximo Provenzano
Argentina's Maximo Provenzano dives in for a try against Canada on the second day of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Hamilton. (Mike Lee/World Rugby)

HAMILTON, New Zealand — Canada fell 14-12 to No. 4 Argentina Sunday in the Challenge Trophy semifinal at the New Zealand leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series.

Luke Bradley of Port Alberni, B.C. and Abbotsford’s Justin Douglas had tries for Canada, while Richmond, B.C.’s Nathan Hirayama scored a conversion.

Bradley put Canada ahead in the fourth minute only for Luciano Gonzalez to respond a minute later for Argentina. Maximo Provenzano gave Argentina its first lead in the seventh, while Felipe del Mestre had two conversions. Douglas scored a late try to make it close.

Canada’s only win at the tournament came in the Challenge Trophy quarterfinals, a 19-14 victory over No. 12 Wales, after dropping all three group matches on Saturday.

The Canadian men, who stand 10th overall after three events, lost 28-14 to the seventh-ranked Americans, 19-14 to No. 9 Kenya and 22-14 to No. 11 Samoa.

A rash of injuries at last weekend’s stop in Sydney, Australia, opened up spot a spot for Bradley on coach Damian McGrath’s squad.

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