04/15/2014 10:01 EDT | Updated 06/15/2014 05:59 EDT

Canada beaten at Junior World Rugby Trophy, will play Hong Kong for seventh place

HONG KONG - Canada will play for seventh place at the eight-team IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy after dropping a 37-12 decision to Japan on Tuesday.

Canada trailed 13-5 at the half before the Japanese pulled away. Matt Mullins of Belleville, Ont., and Djustice Sears-Duru of Oakville, Ont., scored tries in a losing cause.

The Canadian under-20 men opened with a 37-25 loss to Namibia before bouncing back to tie Uruguay 18-18.

Canada will play host winless Hong Kong in its final game Saturday. Tonga will take on Japan for the championship in a clash of 2-1-0 teams.

The Canadians were runners-up at the 2013 tournament won by Italy.

The Junior World Trophy is the IRB' second-tier under-20 event. The top 12 countries will compete at the IRB Junior World Championship in June in New Zealand.

England won last year's top-tier event, defeating Wales in the final.