NEWS
01/26/2018 21:14 EST | Updated 01/27/2018 05:21 EST

Canada loses back-to-back matches in rugby sevens World Series opener

SYDNEY, Australia — Canada's men's rugby sevens team lost its first two matches of the Sydney Sevens after falling to No. 5 Australia 27-5 on Saturday.

Justin Douglas put Canada ahead in the opening minute with a try, but the host Australians reeled off 27 unanswered points to secure the victory.

Canada also dropped a 52-5 decision to No. 13 Scotland earlier in the day in the HSBC World Series tournament opener.

The Canadians, ranked seventh in the overall standings, face the 12th-place United States to wrap up Pool D play in advance of the playoff rounds.

The Sydney tournament is the third stop of the HSBC World Series tour.

Canada is trying to build on its fourth-place finish in the last World Series stop in Cape Town in December.