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Fancied nations make strong start in Rugby Sevens

The Rugby Sevens got underway at Delhi University today with the fancied teams all making strong starts.

Pool B

South Africa showed its class in the opening match beating Tonga 29-0. Lubabalo Mtembu (RSA) scored the first try of the tournament in the first minute of play. Paul Delport (RSA) then crossed the line twice to give South Africa a 17-0 lead at halftime. South Africa contined to dominate in the second half but had to settle for a single try after the siren.

India put in a determined effort, but were no match for the 2009 World Cup champions Wales, who won 56-7. Amit Lochab (IND) scored India’s only try four minutes into the first half while Wales crossed four times to lead 28-7 at the break. Tom Prydie (WAL) and Lee Williams (WAL) each bagged a brace of tries and Gareth Davies (WAL) scored a try and kicked six conversions.

Pool A

The Commonwealth Games champion New Zealand made its medal intentions clear from the first minute in defeating Canada 43-7. Kurt Baker (NZL) ran 60 m to open the scoring in the 24th second before four more tries gave New Zealand a 33-0 halftime lead. Canada’s only try came from the captain Phil Mack when New Zealand was down to five players after Tomasi Cama and Liam Messam had been shown yellow cards in quick succession. Sherwin stowers (NZL) scored two tries, his second coming after the siren.

Guyana proved obdurate opponents for Scotland in the first half before Lee Jones (SCO) made the breakthrough to give them a 7-0 lead at the break. Scott Forrest (SCO) crossed early in the second and Jones completed a hat-trick of tries, with Mike Adamson (SCO) kicking three conversions in Scotland's 26-0 win.

Pool D

James Rodwell (ENG) scored a hat-trick of tries and Kevin Barrett (ENG) and Ben Gollings (ENG) two apiece in England's 59-7 over Sri Lanka. With England leading 33-0 at the break, Anuradha Sooriyabandara (SRI) crossed to put Sri Lanka on the scoreboard but the England attack never faltered with Rodwell scoring his third try on full time.

A try to Luke Morahan (AUS) in the opening minute set Australia on its way to a 33-0 victory over Uganda.
Despite their tenacity, Uganda struggled to match Lachie Turner's pace as he sprinted home  twice to give Australia a 21-0 halftime lead. Liam Gill (AUS) added two tries in the second half. James Stannard (AUS) kicked four conversions. - GNS

 

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