Day 1 of the NZ Sevens saw a sold-out stadium, sunshine and plenty of action at the new home of FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton. The All Black Sevens didn’t disappoint their home crowd winning all three of their Pool C Matches. After two convincing wins against Scotland (24-5) and France (52-7) it was a late try to Joseva Ravouvou, in the last game of the day, to seal the win 17-12 over Argentina which saw the New Zealand side Top the pool setting up a Cup Quarter Final against England. Speaking after the Argentina match All Black Seven’s Vilimoni Koroi said, “it was pretty good. We didn’t get the results we wanted last weekend so we came into this week being clear on the details and what we wanted. Argentina really took us to the wire in that last game which has given us a wakeup call for tomorrow”.
Samoa's Laaloi Leilua in action against South Africa (Photo: Michael Bradley)
Fiji also won all three of their Pool matches beating Australia (26-15) , Wales (28-0) and Spain (24-12) to set up a Cup quarter final against Samoa. After their final match Fiji Captain Jerry Tuwai said, “I am happy with the boys for today’s team effort. We learnt a lot from Sydney and were out here trying to make up for last weekend”. Victories against USA (14-10) and Canada (22-14) then a narrow loss to Kenya (14-19) saw Manu Samoa fare better one Day 1 in Hamilton than in Sydney, last weekend, to finish second in Pool D behind Kenya.
Eroni Sau of Fiji scores a try against James Stannard of Australia (Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung)
Last week’s Cup Winners Australia are also through to the Cup Quarter Finals wins against Spain (21-5), Wales (26-7) and a loss to Oceania cousins Fiji (15-26) saw them finish second in Pool A. Sam Myers said, “It definitely was not the start we wanted after last weekend however, we built throughout the day. Tomorrow is a different day and we will take it one game at a time.” Australia will face Kenya in the Quarter Finals.
Puk Puk's William Tirang runs the ball against England (Photo: Michael Bradley)
Papua New Guinea’s Puk Puk’s faced reigning Series Champions South Africa first up for the second week in a row going down 5-36 in a better outing that last weekend. After a second-round loss to England (0-27) the Cup Quarter Finals were out of reach. This didn’t stop Gairo Kapana, Patrick Tatut and Emmanuel Guise putting on a show for the crowd to convincingly down Russia (33-7) setting up a Challenge Quarter Final appearance against France on Day 2.
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