Nearly 40,000 fans poured in to BC Place on Saturday, March 11th for the 2017 HSBC Canada Sevens and what a day it turned out to be! There were thrills on the pitch, action in the stands and the energy from the stadium could be felt throughout the city of Vancouver. With day one in the books, we look back at five memorable moments from
1 – Fiji Fans Burst Into Song
The light blue flags were out in full force for ‘The Flyin’ Fijians.’ Every time they took the field, cheers shook the building. It was almost like having two home teams! One moment that stood out, though, was this song and dance that spontaneously burst out on the concourse!
2 – Sell-out Crowd Makes History
The 2017 HSBC Canada Sevens proved significant growth over its inaugural year and reached a historic sell-out crowd of 38,058 fans in attendance.
3 – Sportsmanship at its Finest
In a day full of competition, it is humbling to see a moment like the one that occurred between Fiji’s Vatemo Ravouvou and Samoa’s Lafaele Tuliu Vaa. When an injury occurred, the sportsmanship and respect Ravouvou demonstrated is exactly what the spirit of rugby sevens is all about.
4 – Canada’s Maple Leafs Win Big
Canada’s elite women’s sevens team had a powerful performance in the gold medal game of the Vancouver Rugby Festival that was hosted at BC Place during HSBC Canada Sevens. The women, featuring several bronze-medallists from the Olympics in Rio, put on a show and won handily over South Africa Selects by a score of 33-0.
5 – Zaruba Scores the Hat Trick
Canada felt the power of the home-field advantage as they played a fantastic day one, boasting a 2-1 record and earning a birth into the Cup Quarterfinals. A large part of their success rides on the shoulders of their local big man, Adam Zaruba from North Vancouver. No moment was more impressive than his three tries in a 28-5 Canada win over Russia.