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Gold Coast Sevens: Day One wrap

12th October 2013 11:34

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Ambrose Curtis NZ v Kenya GC Sevens 2013

New Zealand did not concede a point on the opening day

New Zealand and South Africa were the only unbeaten teams on Day One of the HSBC World Series opener on Australia's Gold Coast.

Defending HSBC Sevens World Series champions New Zealand got off to a scintillating start, winning all three of their pool matches without conceding a single point.

Sir Gordon Tietjens' side beat USA (38-0), Tonga (26-0) and Kenya (31-0) and will now face Samoa in the Cup quarter finals on day two.

The Blitzbokke also maintained a 100 percent record and they will play Wales, while Fiji and Ben Ryan will come face-to-face with England.

The hosts Australia bounced back from a 21-21 draw with Scotland, a match in which they led 21-0, to win their matches with Argentina and Samoa to the delight of the home crowd to set up a quarter final with Kenya, who beat Tonga and USA in their first two matches before coming up against the reigning Series champions.

Sean McMahon scored Australia's first try of their home tournament, but they were pegged back to 21-21 when James Fleming scored with the last play of the match.

In their second match, Nick Malouf scored two tries in a 22-7 win over Los Pumas before some excellent defending ensured they beat Samoa 12-0 in the final match of the day thanks to tries from captain Ed Jenkins and Shannon Walker, and some excellent defence.

Defending champions Fiji lost to Wales 22-19 in the penultimate match of the day but their points difference was enough for them to top the pool, while Simon Amor's England were defeated 22-14 by Neil Powell's South Africa.

On a day of mixed fortunes for the nine new coaches, while five are still in the hunt to lift the Cup, the other four will compete in the Bowl.

Matt Hawkins and Argentina's Santiago Gomez Cora both had to wait until the last set of matches for their first wins, and they came against Tonga and Scotland respectively, and they will meet Scotland and Tonga in the Bowl quarter finals.

Spain and Portugal are still looking for their first wins under their new coaches, and will meet Canada and Portugal on day two.

Earlier in the day, Dan Bibby scored the first hat-trick of the season, while Waisake Naholo scored the first try of the season against USA in the opening match of the day.

Cup quarter-finals:

New Zealand v Samoa
Fiji v England
Australia v Kenya
South Africa v Wales

Bowl quarter-finals:

United States v Scotland
Canada v Spain
Argentina v Tonga
France v Portugal

Day One results:

Pool A (NZ, KEN, USA, TON)

New Zealand 38-0 United States
Kenya 38-0 Tonga
New Zealand 26-0 Tonga
Kenya 31-5 United States
United States 14-7 Tonga
New Zealand 31-0 Kenya

Pool B (SA, ENG, FRA, SPA)

South Africa 29-5 France
England 54-7 Spain
South Africa 38-7 Spain
England 26-12 France
France 28-19 Spain
South Africa 22-14 England

Pool C (FIJ, WAL, CAN, POR)

Fiji 20-10 Canada
Wales 33-14 Portugal
Fiji 38-0 Portugal
Wales 14-19 Canada
Canada 24-17 Portugal
Fiji 19-22 Wales

Pool D (AUS, SAM, ARG, SCO)

Samoa 26-7 Argentina
Australia 21-21 Scotland
Samoa 19-12 Scotland
Australia 22-7 Argentina
Argentina 21-19 Scotland
Australia 12-0 Samoa

With thanks to the IRB