Tokyo Sevens: Day One Wrap

Date published: April 4 2015

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Hosts Japan reach first Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2000, joining Defending Tokyo champions Fiji and South Africa, who booked their places with 100 percent records.

The top two seeds in the standings will face Japan and Scotland respectively at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground. Despite losing to France 24-19, Japan drew with Argentina 14-14 and beat Samoa 26-12 to qualify.

In the other Cup quarter finals New Zealand, who suffered only an eighth defeat in 61 matches to trans-Tasman rivals Australia, will face Canada and France await England.

Quarter-finals:
Fiji v Japan
South Africa v Scotland
France v England
New Zealand v Canada

POOL A
(Fiji, Wales, England, Hong Kong)

Results:
Wales 31-5 Hong Kong
Fiji 33-19 England
England 10-7 Wales
Fiji 35-14 Hong Kong
England 33-0 Hong Kong
Fiji 19-10 Wales

A ruthless Fiji beat England 33-19 in the pool decider as Ben Ryan's side booked their place in the quarter finals including doubles from Semi Kunatani and Vatemo Ravouvou. A late double to England's Jeff Williams gave Simon Amor's side some momentum but it was a second defeat in two weeks against the Pacific Islanders.

Earlier, the defending Tokyo champions beat Hong Kong 35-14 with Amenoni Nasilasila scoring twice, and Wales 19-10 after the Hong Kong champions scored through Samisoni Viriviri, Osea Kolinisau and Savenaca Rawaca.

England played out a hard fought 10-7 win over Wales but were full of running earlier in their 33-0 win over Hong Kong. Marcus Watson and Tom Bowen scored first half tries for a 12-0 lead before a second half brace to Dan Norton and a try to James Rodwell secured the win.

POOL B
(New Zealand, Scotland, Australia, Portugal)

Results:
Scotland 17-12 Portugal
New Zealand 14-19 Australia
Australia 14-17 Scotland
New Zealand 26-7 Portugal
Australia 10-12 Portugal
New Zealand 38-0 Scotland

New Zealand topped Pool B, despite losing to Australia 19-14 in their final match. After two shock losses to Portugal and Scotland Geraint John's side recforded a consolation 19-14 win over their Tasman-neighbours, only their eighth in 61 matches, thanks to tries from Con Foley, Greg Jeloudev and Cameron Clark.

The All Blacks Sevens earlier beat Portugal 26-7 after scoring six unanswered tries in a convincing 38-0 win over Scotland beforeTim Mikkelson picked up a brace as the Scots struggled to contain Sir Gordon Tietjens' side.

Meanwhile Scotland joined New Zealand in the quarter finals defeating Portugal 17-12, who pulled off an unexpected 12-10 win over Australia earlier in the day. With scores locked at 7-7 after a try apiece to Fraser Lyle and Nuno Guedes, Damien Hoyland scored a brace for Callum MacRae's side to advance to the final eight.

Portugal caused the first major upset of the Tokyo Sevens defeating Australia 12-10, their first victory over Geraint John's side since the Plate final at the 2009 London Sevens as the Tokyo Sevens got underway.

POOL C
(South Africa, Canada, United States, Kenya)

Results:
Canada 26-10 Kenya
South Africa 24-15 USA
USA 22-14 Canada
South Africa 26-0 Kenya
USA 5-27 Kenya
South Africa 29-7 Canada

Series leaders South Africa won all three of their matches, proving too strong for Canada, Kenya and USA. The Blitzboksscored four unanswered tries in their 26-0 win against Kenya after earlier accounting for Canada 29-7, Seabelo Senatla the star with three tries before Kyle Brown, Cecil Afrika, Werner Kok and Ruhan Nel scored in the 24-15 win against Mike Friday's side.

Despite losses to South Africa and the USA, Canada moved though to the quarter-finals, courtesy of a better points differential, after defeating Kenya 26-10 in their final pool match. A Ciaran Hearn brace gave Canada a 14-0 lead before Leonard Mugaisi posted first points for Kenya. Canada extended their lead through tries to Justin Douglas and Conor Trainor before another late try to Mugaisi.

A Carlin Isles hat-trick inspired the USA to a 22-14 win over Canada after their earlier shock loss to Kenya before the African nation, currently 12th in the overall series standings, upset seventh placed USA with veteran Collins Injera scoring a brace in his side's 27-5 win, becoming the 11th player to reach 1000 series points in the process.

POOL D
(Samoa, France, Argentina, Japan)

Results:
France 24-19 Japan
Samoa 26-26 Argentina
Argentina 7-17 France
Samoa 12-16 Japan
Argentina 14-14 Japan
Samoa 14-12 France

France defeated Japan 24-19 in their final pool match to secure a top eight berth, while the Brave Blossoms also qualified in second to reach a first Cup quarter final since 2000. Les Blues started brightly with tries to Manoel Dall Igna and Steeve Barry sparking the hosts into action with Japan responding thanks to tries from Yoshikazu Fujita and star Lomano Lemeki to lead 14-12 at half-time. Dall Igna's second edged France ahead before team mate Vincent Inigo sealed the win.

Earlier, France beat Argentina 17-7 scoring three tries to one to ensure the race for quarter final spots remained wide open with one pool match remaining. France led Samoa 12-0 at half-time after tries to Virimi Vakatawa and Steeve Parez but the Cup semi-finalists in Hong Kong took the lead with converted tries to Siaosi Asofolau and Greg Lealofi to seal the victory.

With thanks to World Rugby

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