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Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:07
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There was only one upset on Day One at the Hong Kong leg of the IRB Sevens World Series.

The United States upset Pacific giants Samoa in the first match of the day, but thereafter after it was a procession - as series leaders South Africa, Fiji, England, New Zealand, Kenya, Australia and Canada all won their opening matches.

Defending champions Fiji got their title defence off to an impressive start, beating Wales 42-7 in a repeat of last year's Final.

The season's leading try scorer Samisoni Viriviri scored two and Emosi Mulevoro added 15 points as Ben Ryan's side impressed in the final match of day one.

Earlier, James Rodwell ran out first ahead of England's match to mark his 50th appearance on the World Series stage and scored a try in their 19-12 win over Argentina - with captain Tom Mitchell continuing to impress this season, adding the other two tries.

Current Sevens World Series leaders South Africa proved too strong for France with a 31-7 victory, thanks to two tries from Seabelo Senatla.

Second-placed New Zealand defeated Scotland 33-0, Gillies Kaka and Marty McKenzie scoring nine points each while Cameron Clark scored 11 points in Australia's 28-14 win against Spain.

The United States beat Samoa for a second successive week, Zack Test continuing his fine form this season with two tries in their 26-12 win

John Moonlight also scored twice as Canada beat Portugal 35-7, before Kenya scored seven tries against Sri Lanka to get their campaign off to a winning start.

Collins Injera scored one of the seven tries to take him to joint third in the all-time leading try scorers in the history of the World Series behind Santiago Gomez Cora and Ben Gollings and alongside Fabian Juries.

* Meanwhile Japan, hosts Hong Kong, Italy, Russia and Zimbabwe all went unbeaten on day one of the World Series qualifier at Hong Kong.

One of the 12 teams competing in the qualifier will join the core sides on next season's Sevens World Series, and several teams put their hands up as favourite on day one at the Hong Kong Stadium.

Day One results:
Fiji 42-7 Wales
South Africa 31-7 France
England 19-12 Argentina
New Zealand 33-0 Scotland
Kenya 41-0 Sri Lanka
Australia 28-14 Spain
Canada 35-7 Portugal
United States 26-12 Samoa

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