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After posting some impressive results last season on the rugby sevens circuit, Canada looks to add consistency to its arsenal in 2013-14. The Canadian men open the new season on Saturday at the Gold Coast Sevens in Australia, the first of nine stops on the HSBC Sevens World Series. Canada finished 12th overall in 2012-13, securing its status as one of the competitions core teams. Highlights included Dubai (sixth), the U.S. (fifth) and Hong Kong (sixth). But there were poor showings in Japan and South Africa where Canada ended up in Shield play, the bottom consolation rung. "If we want to be regarded as a top team and try and break into that top-10 barrier, which I think were very capable of, we just need to be a little bit more consistent," head coach Geraint John said Thursday. "That will be our goal this year. "When we play well, we are one of the most difficult sides to beat and we perform very well . . . We need to get that consistency are each tournament. That will make us not just a good team but a very good team," he added. Canada opens Saturday against powerful Fiji before playing Wales and Portugal to determine whom it plays Sunday. Theyll be hoping for a respite from heat that hit 36 degrees earlier in the week. The Canadians enter the season with a 244-314-6 career record in World Series play John has had to rejig his roster somewhat. Tyler Ardron, Jeff Hassler and Phil Mack are playing for the Ospreys in Wales while Taylor Paris is with Agen in France. Sean Duke and Jake Webster have injury issues while Chauncey OToole and Thyssen de Goode have personal commitments. But it is a sign of the depth of the program that only two players -- Pat Parfrey and Pat Kay -- are newcomers to the circuit. Canadian captain Nathan Hirayama finished third last season in scoring with 241 points, behind Fijis Joji Baleviani Raqamate (247) and Englands Dan Norton (264). Also returning from last years team are Nanyak Dala, John Moonlight, Ciaran Hearn, Lucas Hammond, Justin Douglas, Harry Jones and Mike Fuailefau. Connor Braid, who saw time in England with Doncaster last season, and Sean Ferguson, on the sevens team in 2011-12, are also on the roster. Canada starts the season with a big ask, given its 2-33 career record against Fiji. Fiji, defending champions in Australia, finished third overall on the circuit last season. But Canada can point to a 28-19 win over Fiji in the Bowl final in New Zealand in February. The Canadians are 7-20 against Wales and 12-8 against Portugal. As is their tradition, the Canadians played tourist Thursday to see some of the local sights. Their destination was an animal sanctuary to see some koala bears. Cheap Blue Jackets Jerseys China . 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After the Spurs scored the next five points, Westbrook attracted enough attention on a drive that Morrow, one of the leagues top snipers, was left wide open for another 3-pointer. Reggie Jackson hit a long two while Adams and Morrow both made two free throws in the final minute to seal the game. Seven Spurs reached double figures, with Matt Bonners 17 points leading the balanced attack. Duncan scored 15, Joseph and Splitter had 14 apiece and Manu Ginobili tallied 11 with a game-high 13 assists.dddddddddddd They were more physical than us. They got a lot of offensive rebounds, loose balls and we turned the ball over a lot, Ginobili said. The Thunder made their first six shots from the floor and led 17-8 before Duncans three-point play woke up San Antonios offense. Bonner came off the bench and hit a pair of 3s, Ginobili had seven assists in seven minutes and the Spurs went up by two before four straight at the end of the quarter gave the Thunder a 29-27 edge. OKC led 50-47 at halftime. 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