Impressive starts by New Zealand teams in Cape Town

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The Black Ferns Sevens played South Africa, who were taking part by invitation, 40-0. Alena Saili (pictured) who, along with Ruby Tui was celebrating her birthday, scored two first half tries while among the six tries posted was the first for Mahina Paul, who was making her debut after being a youth Olympic Games gold medalist in 2018. Tyla Nathan-Wong, Shiray Kaka and Gayle Broughton also scored tries.

 

A feature of the women's day was Fiji's upset win over Russia. Fiji had raced out to a 12-0 lead only for Russia to come back to lead 19-12. However, a strong second half saw Fiji win 38-19.

 

In other results, Australia was too strong for England winning 32-0, the USA beat Ireland 38-0, France beat Spain 36-12 and Canada beat Brazil 32-0.

 

 

New Zealand play Fiji at 9.35pm on Saturday and Russia at 3.25am on Sunday.

 

In the men's section, the All Blacks Sevens avoided upsets that marked the first day.

 

The New Zealanders beat Wales 43-7 but England were beaten 24-26 by Canada, Ireland beat Australia 26-21 while Kenya beat Samoa 24-19.

 

Andrew Knewstubb sold a big dummy to the Welsh defenders to open New Zealand's scoring. Wales responded immediately but then the All Blacks Sevens went into overdrive as Regan Ware, Joe Webber, Tim Mikkelson, Akuila Rokolisoa (two) and Ngarohi McGarvey-Black all cross for tries.

 

New Zealand play Canada at 12.07 on Sunday morning and Argentina at 6.05am on Sunday.

 

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