Blitzboks, Fiji, Oz and New Zealand fire at LA Sevens


South Africa, Australia, Fiji and New Zealand all topped their pools with perfect records day one of the 2020 Los Los Angeles Sevens.

Hosts USA, who are aiming for a hat-trick of victories on home soil, thrilled an enthusiastic crowd with victories in their opening two matches, which secured their spot in the quarterfinals. Australia topped Pool C with three successive victories over Scotland, Samoa and USA.

USA speedsters Carlin Isles and Perry Baker – two of the fastest athletes on the planet – made history on the inaugural day of the newest event on World Rugby Sevens Series calendar. Both achieved the milestone of 200 Series tries.

With both players entering the day on 199 tries, it was Isles who won the race to record the double century as he scored in the hosts opening match victory over Samoa, before Baker followed suit in their next game against Scotland.

Reigning Olympic Champions Fiji were on fine form, dominating Pool A with victories over France, Argentina and invitational team Korea. France, who currently sit third in the series standings, claimed the runners up position to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Current Series leaders New Zealand showed why they are on top of the standings with a trio of convincing wins to reach tomorrow’s quarter-finals as Pool D winners. A last-minute try by Ben Harris in a 21-17 defeat to the All Blacks was enough to secure England’s passage to the quarter-finals as Pool D runners up on points difference from Spain and Wales.

The Blitzboks also topped their pool, setting up a quarterfinal meeting with the hosts – USA.

The Blitzboks beat Canada and Kenya and wrapped up the day with a thrilling 19-19 draw with Ireland in the last game of the pool. That was still enough for the newly promoted Irish team qualify for the quarter-finals.

The quarterfinals will begin at 19:43 South African time with Fiji and England up first. The Blitzboks match against the USA will be at 20:49 SAST. The Cup final will be played in the early hours of Monday morning at 2:26 SAST.

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Staff Reporter