Richmond's Hirayama helps Canada win Commonwealth Bowl

Richmond's Nathan Hirayama, at fly half, will be a key in Canada's chase for gold in rugby sevens at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
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In the end there was no medal. But Canada's rugby sevens did get a pretty good consolation prize by winning the Bowl final 50-7 over the Cook Islands Sunday at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Losses to New Zealand, 39-0 in their opening match Saturday, and a 21-5 setback to host Scotland later in the day were the only two blemishes on Canada's record. But they prevented the team, third in their group, from playing for a medal.

Richmond's Nathan Hirayama played a prominent role for Canada at the Games. He scored 17 points on a try and six converts to power Canada to its first tournament win, 68-5 over Barbados on Saturday. Then on Sunday, he had 11 points from a try and three converts in a 33-0 win over Trinidad in bowl quarter-final play ; converted a single try in a 32-0 semfiainl win over Uganda; and then had six points from three converts in the win over Cook Islands.



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