SA Sevens: Day one pools round-up
Hosts South Africa, Series leaders Fiji, Samoa and New Zealand all reached the Cup quarter-finals of the Nelson Mandela Bay South Africa Sevens with 100% records at the end of day one.
Pool A - ENG, ARG, USA, SAM
Having entered the Shield competition for the first time last week in Dubai, Samoa came out firing to record three victories on day one after a narrow 14-12 victory against USA ensured they remained unbeaten heading into day two.
The Dubai Sevens Cup winners England joined them as runners-up, beating Argentina 19-0 in their decisive match with Los Pumas thanks to two tries from Dan Norton and they now face Gold Coast champions Fiji in the Cup quarter-finals.
Earlier Paul Perez scored twice for Samoa against England in a 24-14 victory after a 17-5 win in their opener against Argentina.
Ben Ryan's side also got off to a winning start as they beat Al Caravelli's USA 19-7 thanks to tries from James Rodwell, Marcus Watson, Mat Turner and Nick Royle. USA edged Argentina 21-14 thanks to a last minute try from Mark Bokhoven.
Pool B - FRA, NZL, SCO, MAR
New Zealand ended day one with a 100% record, beating last week's runners-up, France 41-0, as Tomasi Cama added 16 points of his own including two tries and three conversions.
Frank Halai scored four tries as the reigning World Series champions defeated Scotland 45-0 in their second Pool B match - the wing ending day one as the leading try scorer with seven.
Gordon Tietjens' side also proved too strong for Morocco, a side that hasn't competed on the World Series since 2003, scoring seven tries in the 39-7 victory, including one for Kylem O'Donnell on his debut and a hat-trick for Toby Arnold. The biggest cheer however came for Karim Abad who scored the last try of the match for Morocco.
The 2011 Dubai Sevens Cup runners-up France recorded a 31-7 victory in their opening Pool B match, despite conceding the first try to Scotland's Andrew Turnbull.
Terry Bouhraoua scored twice in the match, with Paul Albaladejo, Mathieu Acebes and Julien Jane also crossing following their first Cup final in six years at 7he Sevens, before Jane added two further tries in their 19-7 win against Morocco and will face South Africa in a repeat of last week's Cup quarter-finals.
Scotland finished third in Pool B and enter the Bowl competition after James Fleming's four tries helped them to a 50-0 victory against Morocco.
Pool C - RSA, AUS, CAN, KEN
South Africa ended day one with a 26-0 victory against last week's Plate winners Australia.
Michael O'Connor's side had beaten the 2008/09 Series champions in the final in Dubai but two Mark Richards tries ensured the hosts ended day one with a 100% record and didn't concede a single point.
Steven Hunt scored four tries as they beat Kenya 45-0 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium by beating Kenya 45-0 after Paul Treu's side had begun their campaign by beating Pan American Games champions Canada 33-0 thanks to tries from Branco du Preez, Chris Dry, Hunt, Cornal Hendricks and Richards.
Greg Jeloudev scored twice as Australia defeated Canada 33-10, after last week's Plate winners had earlier defeated Kenya 31-14 and they now face New Zealand in the Cup quarter-finals.
Sean White, Nanyak Dala, Harry Jones and Sean Duke all scored for Canada as Geraint John's side enter the Bowl competition after a 26-5 victory against Kenya.
Pool D - FJI, WAL, POR, ZIM
Current Series leaders Fiji ended day one with a 100% record after coming from 14-0 behind to win 29-14 against Wales in the Pool D decider.
Earlier Osea Kolinisau and Semi Radradra both scored twice in their opening 31-7 victory against Portugal before Josala Lotawa and Watisoni Votu crossed twice each against the Cheetahs in a 42-17 win.
Owen B Williams also scored twice in both of Wales' victories - 42-7 victory against Zimbabwe and 34-7 over Portugal - and they will meet Samoa in the Cup quarter-finals.
Portugal ensured they finished third in Pool D after coming from 7-0 behind to beat Zimbabwe 24-14 thanks to two tries from Aderito Esteves.
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8-9 December 2012
Venue: Port Elizabeth Bay Stadium
City: Port Elizabeth