Glasgow Sevens: Day One wrap

Date published: May 9 2015

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Sevens World Series leaders South Africa will meet second-placed Fiji in the Cup quarter-finals after an enthralling day one of the Glasgow Sevens, Round Eight of nine in the Series.

With the Blitzbokke losing their pool decider 24-19 to New Zealand, who maintained a 100% record on day one alongside Fiji, the defeat sets up a mouthwatering match on day two while the win for Sir Gordon Tietjens' side means they will meet hosts Scotland who qualified as runners-up to Fiji in their pool following a 45-5 defeat in the last match of the day.

Separated by just nine points in one of the most exciting finales to a series in recent history, all eyes will be on the top three sides and their peformances as the action continues at a sold-out Scotstoun Stadium on day two.

In the other quarter finals Canada, who will be looking for a second successive top four finish, will meet fourth-placed England, and fifth-placed Australia await Mike Friday's USA.

Earlier, South Africa became the first side to book their place at Rugby Sevens' debut in the Olympic Games next year with their qualification for the Cup competition, before Fiji joined them thanks to Scotland booking their place in the Cup competition with a 12-7 victory over Wales.

Joe Webber crossed twice in New Zealand's 22-5 victory against Kenya before Rieko Ioane scored a hat-trick to help Gordon Tietjens' side come from 19-0 to win 26-19 against Samoa and confirm their place in the quarter finals. Scott Curry, Ambrose Curtis, Tim Mikkelson and Sherwin Stowers scored in their pool decider with South Africa.

Ben Ryan's Fiji, who sit second behind the Blitzbokke, beat Wales 40-17 thanks to two tries from Savenaca Rawaca before Semi Kunatani added two in their 40-12 win over Portugal. Against Scotland Fiji scored seven tries, including a hat-trick from the impressive newcomer Josaia Raisuqe, taking their tally to the 40-point mark in all three of their matches.

Werner Kok, Seabelo Senatla and Branco du Preez all scored for Neil Powell's side in their 19-12 win over Samoa, before the season's leading try scorer Senalta added two more to help them come from 5-0 behind to beat African neighbours Kenya 15-5 and their defeat to New Zealand.

Hosts Scotland came from 14-7 down to win 19-14 with Mark Robertson scoring the winning try against Portugal before James Fleming delighted the home crowd with the winning try against Wales while the USA booked their place in the Cup quarter finals despite losing their opening match 40-0 to Canada by beating Japan 38-7 and Argentina 21-14 thanks to two tries from Maka Unufe.

Quarter Finals:

Australia vs USA

Fiji vs South Africa

Canada vs England

NZ v Scotland

Bowl Quarter Finals:

France v Japan

Wales v Samoa

Argentina v Russia

Kenya v Portugal

Results:

Pool A: England, France, Australia, Russia

France 21-19 Russia,
England 17-17 Australia,
England 43-7 Russia,
France 7-38 Australia,
Australia 31-5 Russia,
England 26-7 France

Pool B: South Africa, New Zealand, Samoa, Kenya

South Africa 19-12 Samoa,
New Zealand 22-7 Kenya,
South Africa 22-5 Kenya,
New Zealand 26-19 Samoa,
Samoa 22-29 Kenya,
South Africa 19-24 New Zealand

Pool C: Fiji, Scotland, Wales, Portugal

Fiji 40-17 Wales,
Scotland 19-14 Portugal,
Fiji 40-12 Portugal,
Scotland 12-7 Wales,
Wales 42-7 Portugal,
Fiji 45-5 Scotland

Pool D: Canada, Japan, USA, Argentina

Japan 12-12 Argentina,
Canada 40-0 USA,
Canada 12-21 Argentina,
Japan 7-38 USA,
USA 21-14 Argentina,
Canada 38-0 Japan

With thanks to World Rugby

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