Session 10: Canada defeat Japan to remain top while Norway move back into second

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Canada beat Japan 7-4 in Tuesday afternoon's 10th session of round robin play at the Ford World Men's Curling Championship in the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Canada, keeping their unbeaten record intact to remain clear leaders at the top of the standings.

Norway's Thomas Ulsrud helped his team move up into second position with a win against Finland Photo: WCF/CC/Michael Burns

Both teams swapped single point scores in the first two ends and then, in the third end, Japan's skip Yusuke Morozumi was facing three Canadian stones when he drew his final stone inside them onto the button for another single point score and a 2-1 lead.

In the fourth end, Canada's skip Pat Simmons drew his second stone into the house to score three points and take the lead at 4-2.

Canada eventually won by 7-4 after nine ends of play for their sixth win from as many games.

After this game, Simmons said: "We had to play well. They are a very good team. They gave Canada a whopping last year. It was a well-curled game and it had to be."

Defending champions Norway played Finland and in the sixth end Finnish skip Aku Kauste hit out a Norwegian stone to score two points in the end and reduce Norway's lead to 5-4.

In the seventh end Norway's skip Thomas Ulsrud played a double take-out to score two points and move his lead up to 7-4 before Norway went on to win by 8-7.

Following their win, Ulsrud said: "Slowly it’s getting there and we managed to win another close one. But I thought we had pretty good control."

This result lifted Norway to joint second place, behind leaders Canada, along with Switzerland, who sat this session out.

China faced the Czech Republic on the next sheet, with both teams looking for a win that would keep their play-off hopes alive.

In the sixth end, China's skip Zang Jialiang drew his second stone into the house to score five points and take a 7-2 lead.

Although the Czech’s battled their way back into the game, China eventually won 8-7.

In the fourth game of the session, Scotland and the USA matched-up.

In the fourth end Scottish skip Ewan MacDonald played a delicate tap-up to score two points and move into a 3-2 lead.

In the eighth end, MacDonald drew his final stone through a small gap to count one more point that levelled the score at 4-4.

The Scots went on to win by 6-4 when MacDonald produced a candidate for shot of the week with his last stone of the tenth end which came in off a wing stone to slip behind and inside three USA stones in the house.

When the attempt to remove it by USA skip John Shuster came in at the wrong angle, the Scots stole one point from the end for their win.

Afterwards, a delighted MacDonald said: "We knew that if we made it, it was going to be tough for him, so when we did make it, I knew it was going to be close."

RESULTS
Session 10:
China 8, Czech Republic 7; Finland 7, Norway 8; Japan 4, Canada 7; Scotland 6, USA 4.

STANDINGS
After 10 sessions of play (W-L):

1. Canada 6-0
2. Norway 5-1
2. Switzerland 5-1
4. Japan 4-3
5. Sweden 3-3
6. Czech Republic 3-4
6. Finland 3-4
8. China 2-4
8. Italy 2-4
8. USA 2-4
11. Scotland 2-5
12. Russia 1-5

During the round robin portion of a competition, teams with the same win-loss record will be listed alphabetically, by their three letter code, and ranked equal.

Video Highlights: Highlights from games throughout the Championship will be available to watch courtesy of World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation.

WCTV will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world from Halifax. The full broadcast schedule is here: http://www.worldcurling.org/wmcc2015/schedule

In addition, curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2015 World Championship events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

The 2016 Ford World Men's Curling Championship will be staged in Basel, Switzerland starting on Saturday 2nd April.