Hosts South Africa got off to a flying start on day one of the Port Elizabeth leg of the IRB Sevens World Series.
Round Three of the World Series saw the BlitzBokke demolish Samoa 29-7 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in PE.
There were no surprises in the first round of matches, with Fiji, South Africa and France the most impressive.
New BlitzBokke captain Frankie Horne said it was a “mindset change” that got them the impressive win over their Pacific Island rivals.
“We lost to Samoa last week by three points, and they went on to win the tournament,” Horne said, adding: “So [it was] just a mindset change, and working on all our niggles this week and it worked for us today [Saturday].
“The crowd is amazing but you can’t get too hyped up by the crowd but we are sapping energy from them and it works for some of the guys.
“He [Cecil Afrika] is just phenomenal. He reads the game like he was born on the Sevens pitch. He has a presence on the field to other teams.”
(Samoa, France, South Africa, Australia)
The hosts’ first match is a repeat of last year’s Cup semifinal, and they were able to record a 29-7 victory against last week’s champions Samoa thanks to a hat-trick from Chris Dry.
France 31-5 Australia
Samoa 7-29 South Africa
(New Zealand, Fiji, Scotland, England)
Scotland caused the first shock of the day, beating Fiji 21-19.
In an enthralling match Andrew Turnbull scored twice, as did Fiji’s Joji Raqamate, but it was captain Colin Gregor’s try and conversion that made the difference.
In the first match of the day, New Zealand came from 0-7 behind to beat Scotland 14-7.
James Johnstone scored the first try of the day but Kurt Baker and Ben Lam ensured the defending champions began their campaign with victory.
Fiji also recorded victory in their match, 29-19 against England. Captain Setefano Cakau scoring two of their five tries.
England will now compete in the Bowl for the third successive time having lost to New Zealand 7-24 in their second match.
Fiji 29-19 England
New Zealand 14-7 Scotland
Fiji 19-21 Scotland
New Zealand 24-7 England
(Kenya, Wales, Argentina, Spain)
Kenya made it two wins from two on the opening day, beating Spain 26-14 in their second match thanks to 11 points from Lavin Asego.
Earlier, Mike Friday’s side stormed into a 21-0 lead at half time against Argentina, thanks to tries from Andrew Amonde, Willy Ambaka and Davis Chenge.
Los Pumas scored three second half tries, but two missed conversions meant they lost 21-17 to the side in joint second in the Series standings.
Wales beat Spain 12-5 in their first pool match, Rhys Jones and Will Thomas scoring for the current Sevens world champions.
However they were pinned back in their second clash of the day when Argentina came from behind to beat them 12-7 in a tense clash.
Wales 12-5 Spain
Kenya 21-17 Argentina
Wales 7-12 Argentina
Kenya 26-14 Spain
(Portugal, Canada, United Stated, Zimbabwe)
Portugal got their campaign in Port Elizabeth off to a solid start beating USA 26-12, equalling the most points scored by them against the North Americans in a World Series match.
Canada beat Zimbabwe 26-0, 11 points coming from Nathan Hirayama.
Canada 26-0 Zimbabwe
Portugal 26-12 United States
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