How The First Day Evolved

De­spite los­ing their open­ing match 31-10 to Eng­land, 42-5 and 26-0 wins over Wales and Aus­tralia booked Fiji a place in the last eight and con­firmed their sta­tus as se­ries cham­pi­ons with an in­sur­mount­able lead at the top of the stand­ings.

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London: Fiji claimed a sec­ond suc­ces­sive World Rugby Sevens Se­ries by reach­ing the Cup quar­ter-fi­nals at the tenth and fi­nal round of the se­ries in London.

De­spite los­ing their open­ing match 31-10 to Eng­land, 42-5 and 26-0 wins over Wales and Aus­tralia booked their place in the last eight and con­firmed their sta­tus as se­ries cham­pi­ons with an in­sur­mount­able lead at the top of the stand­ings. Af­ter open­ing up with the im­pres­sive win over Fiji, the hosts went on to beat Aus­tralia 10-7 and Wales 24-5 to fin­ish un­beaten on day one at Twick­en­ham. South Africa were the only other side to win all three of their pool matches at Twick­en­ham, with vic­to­ries over Canada, USA and last week’s cham­pi­ons Samoa who fin­ished bot­tom of Pool A. Else­where France topped Pool C af­ter beat­ing Por­tu­gal, Kenya and draw­ing with Scot­land while de­fend­ing London cham­pi­ons USA reached the last eight on points dif­fer­ence af­ter a 12-12 draw with North Amer­i­can ri­vals Canada.

It was a spe­cial day too for Collins

In­jera, who scored four tries to over­take San­ti­ago Gomez Cora at the top of the all-time lead­ing try scorer chart. Hav­ing re­ceived the ball from his brother Humphrey Kayange, In­jera scored his 231st try be­fore run­ning into the crowd to give his mum and dad his play­ing jersey.”

Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s rep Vil­iame Mata against Wales at the London 7s yes­ter­day. Photo: Ian Muir

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