Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens: Day One

Date published: December 14 2014

Hosts South Africa impressed on the opening day of the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens in Port Elizabeth, as the defending champions won all three of their matches against USA, Kenya and Wales, with Cecil Afrika becoming the Blitzboks’ all-time leading points scorer in the process.

Seabelo Senatla scored six tries on day one to continue his presence on top of the try-scoring charts on this season’s Series, while Afrika’s try against Wales took him past Fabian Juries and Neil Powell’s side will now face England in day two’s Cup quarter finals having conceded just one try on day one.

New Zealand, who also conceded just seven points, came out on top of Pool D, beating Samoa, Japan and England 5-0 in an enthralling encounter thanks to Joe Webber’s try, and the current Series champions will play the USA who will appear in their first Cup quarter final of the season.

Current Series leaders Fiji await Australia in a repeat of the Dubai Sevens Cup semi finals while Argentina play Scotland in the other two quarter finals.

All eight teams will head into day two and the Cup quarter finals with all-important Series points available as the road to Rio continues.

Elsewhere Japan recorded their best result of the season, beating Samoa 17-14 to set up a Bowl quarter final with Kenya.

Day Two fixtures

Cup quarter-finals
South Africa v England
Fiji v Australia
New Zealand v USA
Argentina v Scotland

Bowl quarterfinals
Wales v Samoa
Canada v Zimbabwe
Japan v Kenya
Portugal v France

Day One results:

Pool A: South Africa, USA, Wales, Kenya
South Africa 26-0 USA
Wales 29-5 Kenya
South Africa 38-7 Kenya
USA 38-12 Wales
South Africa 36-0 Wales
USA 33-5 Kenya

Pool B: Australia, Argentina, Portugal, Zimbabwe
Australia 33-21 Portugal
Argentina 31-5 Zimbabwe
Australia 50-0 Zimbabwe
Argentina 14-7 Portugal
Portugal 19-7 Zimbabwe
Australia 21-31 Argentina

Pool C: Fiji, Scotland, France, Canada
Fiji 45-5 France
Scotland 12-14 Canada
Fiji 26-7 Canada
Scotland 19-12 France
France 24-21 Canada
Fiji 19-12 Scotland

Pool D: New Zealand, Samoa, England, Japan
New Zealand 24-7 Samoa
England 45-0 Japan
England 22-7 Samoa
New Zealand 29-0
Samoa 14-17 Japan
New Zealand 5-0 England

With thanks to World Rugby