London Sevens: Day One, Wrap

Date published: May 21 2016

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Fiji claimed a second successive World Rugby Sevens Series by reaching the Cup quarter-finals at the tenth and final round of the series in London.

Despite losing their opening match 31-10 to England, 42-5 and 26-0 wins over Wales and Australia booked their place in the last eight and confirmed their status as series champions with an insurmountable lead at the top of the standings.

After opening up with the impressive win over Fiji, the hosts went on to beat Australia 10-7 and Wales 24-5 to finish unbeaten on day one at Twickenham. Simon Amor's side will face Scotland in the Cup quarter-finals while France await Fiji.

South Africa were the only other side to win all three of their pool matches at Twickenham, with victories over Canada, USA and last week's champions Samoa who finished bottom of Pool A. Neil Powell's side will meet Argentina in the last eight, a repeat of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens final.

Elsewhere France topped Pool C after beating Portugal, Kenya and drawing with Scotland while defending London champions USA reached the last eight on points difference after a 12-12 draw with North American rivals Canada. Mike Friday's side will play New Zealand who topped Pool D on points difference after ending their day with a 14-14 draw with Los Pumas.

It was a special day too for Collins Injera, who scored four tries to overtake Santiago Gomez Cora at the top of the all-time leading try scorer chart. Having received the ball from his brother Humphrey Kayange, Injera scored his 231st try before running into the crowd to give his mum and dad his playing jersey.

"It is an amazing feeling. Rugby sevens has always been special to me," said Injera. "I have played this game since high school. When I started out I wanted to go for the record and now that I have done it, it's a huge thing for me.

"Getting the final pass from my brother, the person I started out playing this game with is a huge honour for me. He mentored me a lot when growing up, telling me what to do and what not to do when playing, so to finally do it in Twickenham is very very special for me.

"I have been chasing the dream for a while and it's finally been realised. It's special for me and for my family, they have been there for life supporting this team through and through."

Pool A
Samoa
South Africa
USA
Canada

Pool B
Fiji
Australia
England
Wales

Pool C
France
Scotland
Kenya
Portugal

Pool D
Argentina
New Zealand
Russia
Brazil

Results:

Pool C
France 14 – 0 Scotland
Kenya 22-17 Portgual

Pool A
Samoa 5-12 USA
South Africa 21-7 Canada

Pool D
Argentina 22-12 Russia
New Zealand 31-0 Brazil

Pool B
Australia 22-10 Wales
Fiji 31-10 England

Pool C
France 45-14 Portgual
Kenya 12-24 Scotland

Pool A
Samoa 19-24 Canada
South Africa 14-10 USA

Pool D
Argentina 28-7 Brazil
New Zealand 33-10 Russia

Pool B
Fiji 42-5 Wales
Australia 7-10 England

Pool C
Scotland 31-14 Portgual
France 29-12 Kenya

Pool A
USA 12-12 Canada
Samoa 0-22 South Africa

Pool D
Russia 14-5 Brazil
Argentina 14-7 New Zealand

Pool B
Fiji 26-0 Australia
England 24-5 Wales

With thanks to World Rugby

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