Antoine Dupont scores classy try as France kick off with Los Angeles Sevens victory

Adam Kyriacou
Antoine Dupont playing for France Sevens.

Antoine Dupont playing for France Sevens.

Antoine Dupont continued his strong start to life in the World Rugby SVNS Series as he scored a classy try in France’s 24-7 win over Canada on Day One in Los Angeles.

The former World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year finished the job against the Canadians in their only pool match of the day as he raced over from long-range.

Dupont scores

Dupont cut a lovely line off a French team-mate before setting off to the whitewash from inside his own half, outpacing the final defender en route to heading over.

France’s 24-7 victory saw them join Fiji as the opening-game winners in Pool C, with William Iraguha (2) and Stephen Parez joining Dupont as the team’s try-scorers.

Elsewhere, in Pool B the USA came out on top 31-12 against Samoa in a win that thrilled their home crowd. Kevon Williams scored twice in his 50th tournament.

Defending Los Angeles champions New Zealand lost the trans-Tasman clash with Australia 24-17 as a red card for Fehi Fineanganofo helped the latter seal victory.

In Pool A there was plenty of drama as high-flying Argentina recovered to win 28-21 against Spain, while Ireland were dominant in their 17-0 victory over South Africa.

After the day one fixtures, USA veteran Madison Hughes spoke about how much the team enjoys running out on home soil as they look to build on the Samoa success.

“We love playing in front of our home fans,” he said.

Special weekend

“It’s a good environment here on a Friday night but hopefully on Saturday they will take it to a whole new level and really get behind us because we are moving in the right direction and with some good home support we can make it a really special weekend.”

Argentina currently sit atop the SVNS table with a 24-point cushion after a fantastic start to the campaign. They have 78 points, ahead of Ireland and Fiji on 54 points.

The action continues on Saturday (local time) with the remaining pool ties, before the quarter-finals take place from 19:26 and the last day two match kicking off at 20:32.

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