Argentina upstage New Zealand
LAS VEGAS SEVENS DAY ONE: Argentina provided the main headlines in the opening rounds.
Los Pumas beat New Zealand 26-19 in the only real upset.
Tournament hosts, the United States, beat Australia 28-7 to give the locals plenty to celebrate.
The rest of the main contenders on the World Series circuit eased through the first two rounds.
South Africa, the defending champions and current World Rugby Sevens Series leaders, won twice on the opening day.
South Africa erased a 14-0 deficit to defeat Wales 26-21 then closed the night with a 19-12 victory over Canada to become one of five teams to win both of their matches on the opening day of the fifth leg of the series.
South Africa's Pool B rivals England were also unbeaten on Friday, running in six tries in a 40-12 rout of Canada before a 33-12 win over Wales in which Tom Bowen ran in a hat-trick.
South Africa and England will face off to decide the pool on Saturday, and the BlitzBoks will be hoping that Kyle Brown, who limped off early in the second half against Canada will be fit.
South Africa had suffered an earlier injury setback when Werner Kok took a blow to the jaw against Wales and was ruled out for the remainder of the weekend, to be replaced by Ruhan Nel.
Fiji, coming off a victory in the fourth leg of the series in Hamilton, New Zealand, lit up the scoreboard with a 38-0 victory over Russia and a 33-5 triumph over France to top pool A.
The United States produced two impressive wins in Pool C, topping Samoa 26-12 before beating Australia 28-7 in a match the Americans led 21-0 at halftime.
In Pool D, Argentina surprised New Zealand 26-19 and edged Scotland 21-19.
New Zealand, currently second in the series standings, had beaten Uruguay 28-7 before falling to Argentina, who beat the Kiwis for just the 10th time in 82 meetings.
"The last time we were very close and we talked about how we could do it," Argentina coach Santiago Gomez Cora said. "It's just about not making any mistakes and playing very hard."
New Zealand will play Scotland for a quarter-final berth when pool play continues at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday.
South Africa, whose run to the series title last season included a triumph in Las Vegas, lead the current standings on 77 points with
New Zealand second on 69 and Fiji third on 62.
Scotland 19-21 Argentina
New Zealand 28-7 Uruguay
Kenya 14-19 France
Fiji 38-0 Russia
Samoa 12-26 United States
Australia 24-0 Spain
England 40-12 Canada
South Africa 26-21 Wales
Scotland 40-14 Uruguay
New Zealand 19-26 Argentina
Kenya 19-12 Russia
Fiji 33-5 France
Samoa 29-14 Spain
Australia 7-28 United States
England 33-12 Wales
South Africa 19-12 Canada
Remaining pool matches
(Kick-off is local time - GMT minus eight hours)
Saturday, March 3
Argentina v Uruguay - 11.30
New Zealand v Scotland - 11.52
France v Russia - 12.14
Fiji v Kenya - 12.36
United States v Spain - 13.04
Australia v Samoa - 13.26
Canada v Wales - 13.48
South Africa v England - 14.10