First up wins for Sevens big guns

Date published: March 27 2015

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Day One of the Hong Kong Sevens tournament has ended, with the top five teams on the overall standings all starting with respective pool victories. 

Leaders South Africa nilled Argentina in an impressive performance while New Zealand were too good for Scotland at a packed out Hong Kong Stadium.

Meanwhile, England edged out Wales, Australia got the better of a brave Portugal and Fiji rounded off the day with a solid victory over Samoa.

28 nations took to the field in front of 38,642 fans on day one of the record event as 12 teams joined the main Series competition in the World Series qualifier. 

"It's been a tremendous opening day and the action has lived up to the billing at this historic 40th Hong Kong Sevens," said World Rugby CEO, Brett Gosper. 

"All of the 28 competing teams have impressed and the fans have been treated to some exceptional sevens, and it is only going to get better from here."

Day One Results and Fixtures

World Series

England 26-19 Wales
France 24-7 Japan
Australia 33-5 Portugal
Canada 28-12 Belgium
USA 21-14 Kenya
South Africa 24-0 Argentina
New Zealand 26-7 Scotland
Fiji 38-12 Samoa

Qualifiers

Zimbabwe 36-0 Guyana
Spain 27-5 Tonga
Papua New Guinea 19-0 Tunisia
Russia 14-7 South Korea
Uruguay 21-0 Mexico
Hong Kong 12-17 Brazil
Zimbabwe 41-0 Tonga
Spain 50-5 Guyana
Papua New Guinea 21-19 South Korea
Russia 21-5 Tunisia
Uruguay 14-7 Brazil
Hong Kong 38-5 Mexico

Pre-tournament standings

1 South Africa
2 New Zealand
3 Fiji
4 Australia
5 England
6 Argentina
7 USA
8 Scotland
9 France
10 Samoa
11 Wales
12 Kenya
13 Canada
14 Portugal
15 Japan
16 Brazil
17 Papua New Guinea
18 American Samoa
19 Zimbabwe

With thanks to the World Rugby website

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