Canada's rugby sevens come up empty

BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

DELHI, India -- Canada's rugby sevens team is returning home without any hardware after losing 17-10 Tuesday to Papua New Guinea in the Commonwealth Games bowl final.

Canada went 1-2 on Monday and was relegated from medal contention to the consolation round. It beat India 43-10 and Uganda 22-17 earlier Tuesday to set-up the afternoon final with Papua New Guinea at Delhi University.

Papua New Guinea led 12-5 at the half on a pair of tries by Albert Levi, one of which was converted. Sean Duke of Vancouver had Canada's only first half try.

Canada drew within two points when Richmond, B.C.'s Hirayama, pursued by a defender, looked over his shoulder and found Justin Mensah-Coker of Vancouver who grabbed the ball with his fingertips and scored the try. Hirayama missed the convert again.

Canada lost possession in the last minute, only for Gare Ponda to beat Duke to the ball. Duke was able to trip his opponent who tossed the ball to Eugene Tokavai for the final try.

"We didn't play to our full potential and that's pretty frustrating," Mensah-Coker said. "A final is always a final, even if it's not for a real medal."

New Zealand beat Australia 24-17 to win its fourth consecutive Commonwealth rugby sevens gold. South Africa edged England 17-14 for the bronze. Samoa beat Scotland 34-0 for the plate.


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