Fiji the benchmark on day one

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After clinching the Plate title in Hong Kong, the All Blacks Sevens now have the chance to challenge for the Cup title if they can overcome Canada in a quarterfinal early on day two.


New Zealand started strong against Scotland with tries to Regan Ware, Joe Ravouvou and Trael Joss before holding onto a 22-21 win against the fast finishing Scots.

Scott Waldrom’s side put in a more complete performance in the second match of the day against Wales. Running in six tries, the All Blacks Sevens outclassed Wales 36-14 to make it two from two on day one. Sione Molia was particularly devastating with his strong ball carrying to cross for a brace of tries.

The toughest clash of the day came last against USA. The clash started promisingly with Sam Dickson crossing for his 50th series try to give New Zealand the early lead. On the stroke of halftime, Joe Ravouvou showed he is more than just a potent try scorer by setting up Regan Ware with a brilliant offload to make it 14-0 at the break. USA came back strong in the second half with two tries but Webber grabbed a second to secure the 21-14 win and set up a quarterfinal clash against Canada.

Although Australia, New Zealand and Fiji all went through unbeaten on day one, Fiji remain the team to beat after securing three convincing victories. Fiji scored 113 points and only conceded 14 as they dispatched Hong Kong, Russia and Canada.

The upset of the day came from Japan who stunned France 21-14 in Pool B. There was another surprise in Pool B when England beat South Africa to top the competitive pool.

The All Black Sevens face Canada in the Cup quarterfinal at 5.14pm NZT Sunday. Tune into Sky Sport 55 to watch LIVE.