Win over Spain does little to ease sting from earlier losses for Canadian rugby team

VANCOUVER — A 26-21 win over Spain brought some joy but did little to ease the sting of Canada’s earlier two losses during Saturday’s opening day of play at the at the HSBC Canada Sevens rugby tournament at BC Place Stadium.

“The first two games were a bit disappointing,” said Brock Webster, who scored the deciding try for Canada in the game’s 11th minute and also kicked a convert. “We have to be more hungry.

“We’re pretty stoked from that performance. Hopefully we can bring more momentum tomorrow.”

The win was just the second for Canada in their last 14 games. It came after a 26-1src loss to Australia and 19-14 defeat at the hands of South Africa.

Coming into the tournament, head coach Henry Paul said Canada’s goal was to reach the quarterfinals. With the two losses, the best Canada can finish is ninth. To do that, they must win all three games Sunday.

Paul said his young team remains a work in progress.

“As the season unfolds, we’re still learning a lot about ourselves,” he said. “We’re still trying to find our identity and how we play.

“Over the course of the season there have been moments when we’ve been playing some fantastic attacking rugby. There has been defending moments. We’ve got to string them toge

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