HONG KONG SEVENS: Fiji start in style

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 14:10
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DAY ONE WRAP: Fiji got their campaign for a record fourth straight title underway with a 31-12 victory over Samoa on Friday.

The win was - as it always seems to be with the 2016 Rio gold medallists - built on plenty of dash out wide and lots of strength through the middle of the park.

The Islanders were led by the impressive Amenoni Nasilasila who added two conversions to a second-half try that came via a cross-field dash, bringing the Hong Kong Stadium to its feet.

"I was pleased with what we delivered, about the pace and the power of our game," said Fiji coach Gareth Baber afterwards.

"I thought we could have been a bit tidier at times when we didn't have the ball but it's the first game - and it's a win."

Fiji are at full strength for the seventh leg of this year's Sevens World Series.

But with the Sevens competition at the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast due to be contested next weekend, series leaders South Africa and a number of other teams have arrived in Hong Kong with development squads made up of young players rather than their regular stars.

It didn't seem to affect the South Africans on Friday, as their first game was a 45-0 victory over a South Korean team only making a guest appearance on World Series.

More will be known about their chances here after the South Africans' pool clashes against Scotland and then England on Saturday.

The United States are another side at full strength as they look to build on a season that has already seen them break through for their first-ever title at their home leg of the World Series, in Las Vegas at the start of March.

The Eagles faced what had appeared on paper to be a tricky opening test against France on Friday and it ran according to that script, with a last-second try from wing Carlin Isles levelling the scores at 24 apiece - and saving the Americans' blushes.

"We didn't make life easy for ourselves but we're still in it," said United States coach Mike Friday.

Friday results
 Argentina 31-10 Wales
United States 24-24 France
England 19-22 Scotland
South Africa 45-0 South Korea
Australia 12-17 Spain
Kenya 33-10 Canada
New Zealand 36-5 Russia
Fiji 31-12 Samoa

Schedule
 (Kick-off time is local - GMT plus eight hours)

Saturday, April 7
Argentina v France - 11.14
United States v Wales - 11.38
England v South Korea - 12.00
South Africa v Scotland - 12.22
Australia v Canada - 12.48
Kenya v Spain - 13.10
New Zealand v Samoa - 13.32
Fiji v Russia - 13.54
Wales v France - 15.16
United States v Argentina - 15.38
Scotland v South Korea - 16.00
South Africa v England - 16.24
Spain v Canada - 16.48
Kenya v Australia - 17.10
Russia v Samoa - 17.32
Fiji v New Zealand - 17.54

 

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 27 April 2018
Hurricanes v Sunwolves 07h35 Wellington
Stormers v Rebels 13h00 Newlands
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons 18h45 Welford Road
Sat, 28 April 2018
Reds v Lions 05h05 Suncorp Stadium
Blues v Jaguares 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Crusaders 09h45 Canberra
Kings v Cheetahs 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 14h00 Sandy Park
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 14h00 Sixways
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
Connacht v Leinster 14h05 Sportsground
Dragons v Scarlets 14h05 Rodney Parade
Bulls v Highlanders 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Treviso v Zebre 16h00 Stadio Monigo
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 16h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Ulster 16h35 Thomond Park
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Myreside
Sun, 29 April 2018
London Irish v Saracens 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Wasps v Northampton Saints 14h00 Ricoh Arena
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 22 April 2018
Racing Metro v Munster 27 | 22
Brumbies v Jaguares 20 | 25
Sat, 21 April 2018
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 36 | 15
Zebre v Ospreys 37 | 14
Sharks v Stormers 24 | 17
Leinster v Scarlets 38 | 16
Bulls v Rebels 28 | 10
Reds v Chiefs 12 | 36
Crusaders v Sunwolves 33 | 11
Fri, 20 April 2018
Waratahs v Lions 0 | 29
Blues v Highlanders 16 | 34
Sun, 15 April 2018
Saracens v Bath 41 | 6
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs 5 | 45
Sat, 14 April 2018
Leinster v Treviso 15 | 17
Kings v Cardiff Blues 12 | 45
SEVENS
MORE LOGS
Pool 0
Team P W D L Pts
Spain Sevens 0 0 0 0 20
Papua New Guinea 0 1 0 0 1
South Korea 0 0 0 0 0
Pool 00
Team P W D L Pts
Uruguay 0 0 0 1 1
Pool 19
Team P W D L Pts
England Sevens 0 0 0 0 19
Pool 20
Team P W D L Pts
Uganda Sevens 0 0 0 0 2
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Fiji Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Canada Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Australia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
France Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
Argentina Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
United States Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool D
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Russia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool
Team P W D L Pts
Wales Sevens