Hosts South Africa impressed on the opening day of the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens in Port Elizabeth, as the defending champions won all three of their matches against USA, Kenya and Wales, with Cecil Afrika becoming the Blitzbokke’s all-time leading points scorer in the process. Seabelo Senatla scored six tries on Day One to continue his presence on top of the try-scoring charts on this season’s Series, while Afrika’s try against Wales took him past Fabian Juries and Neil Powell’s side will now face England in Day Two’s Cup quarter-finals having conceded just one try on day one.
New Zealand, who also conceded just seven points, came out on top of Pool D, beating Samoa, Japan and England 5-0 in an enthralling encounter thanks to Joe Webber’s try, and the current Series champions will play the USA who will appear in their first Cup quarter-final of the season. Current Series leaders Fiji await Australia in a repeat of the Dubai Sevens Cup semi finals while Argentina play Scotland in the other two quarter-finals. All eight teams will head into Day Two and the Cup quarter finals with all-important Series points available as the road to Rio continues.
Elsewhere Japan recorded their best result of the season, beating Samoa 17-14 to set up a Bowl quarter-final with Kenya.