Big names survive day one unbeaten
March 23, 2012
England's Isoa Damu runs through a tackle during his side's victory over Argentina © Getty Images
The top six in the HSBC Sevens World Series standings were made to work hard on the opening day of the latest event in Hong Kong but all remain unbeaten.
USA Sevens champions Samoa began their quest for back-to-back titles with a 19-7 victory against Kenya thanks to tries from Ken Pisi, Paul Perez and Alatasi Tupou. Elsewhere in Pool A, England got off to a winning start in front of the large ex-pat crowd, beating Argentina 19-10 thanks to tries from Dan Norton, Rob Vickerman and Mat Turner.
In Pool B, current Series leaders New Zealand beat USA 29-5 thanks to another impressive performance from the influential Tomasi Cama as Alex Magleby suffered defeat in his first match as the new coach of USA. Gordon Tietjens' side are without the Series' leading try scorer Frank Halai, Solomon King, Lote Raikabula and Toby Arnold but will still be hoping to defend their title. The 2008/09 World Series winners South Africa beat reigning RWC Sevens champions Wales 10-0 in the second Pool B match, the day's penultimate match, thanks to tries from Boom Prinsloo and Cecil Afrika.
Isikeli Tulwainunu Vuruna scored two of Fiji's seven tries as they beat Pool C rivals Scotland 39-5. The Gold Coast Sevens champions Fiji now face matches with France and Australia on day two. Greg Jeloudev scored a hat-trick for Australia against the Dubai Sevens runners-up France as they began their campaign with a 31-10 victory.
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