USA cruise past Spain in Hong Kong Sevens opener

World Rugby media release
It was a straightforward first victory for the world series leaders the USA. The side held a 22-0 cushion over Spain after seven minutes and turned that into a 36-7 victory. Mike Friday’s outfit look well-set to commence day two strongly against Wales before meeting England.
From the moment that it was drawn, Pool C – Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Kenya – had everyone gripped and it did not disappoint. A Trans-Tasman clash saw New Zealand convert a 21-14 half-time lead into a 40-19 victory. The Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 winners flew and Joe Webber marked his return from a year out by scoring the last of their six tries.
Gareth Baber’s outfit, who currently sit third in the overall world series standings, commenced their quest for an unprecedented fifth consecutive victory in Hong Kong in hypnotic form. In a rematch of last year’s Cup Final against Kenya, they scored three tries in the first five minutes by offloading and keeping the ball alive beautifully. Fiji held a 17-0 lead at the break and despite their opponents getting a try back, the reigning champions finished the job 22-5.
Argentina and the Vancouver silver medallists, France, both opened their Pool B accounts on the right note. While in Pool A, the winners in Vancouver and the defending HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series champions, South Africa, were given a small early care. They trailed 7-5 to Japan but turned it around after the interval through 17 unanswered points to prevail 22-7. Elsewhere in the pool, Samoa showed greater precision than their opponents Scotland to secure a 17-7 triumph.