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Australia, New Zealand open Sevens with wins
June 28, 2013
Australia's Sean McMahon competes for a lineout with Spain's Javier Canosa, Australia v Spain, Rugby World Cup Sevens, Moscow, June 28, 2013
Australia's Sean McMahon competes for a lineout © Getty Images
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The favourites made assured starts in the Rugby World Cup Sevens on an opening day when all results went as expected at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

Every team made a single appearance before a sparse crowd in the 1980 Olympic venue, with the pool games to be completed on Saturday before the play-offs on Sunday.

Australia beat Spain 21-0 and hosts Russia went down 31-0 to South Africa.

Fiji, the only two-time winners, blew away Tonga 45-0 with Metuisela Talebula and Watisoni Votu scoring two tries each.

New Zealand, the dominant team in the annual world series beat Canada 31-12, and England came right in the second half to account for Portugal 21-7.

Wales, the surprise champions four years ago in Dubai, downed Uruguay 33-5.

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