13/12/2019 – World Rugby Communications – Day one brings multiple upsets at HSBC Cape Town Sevens

• HSBC Cape Town Sevens is the second round on the men’s circuit this season
• Impressive wins from South Africa, Fiji and New Zealand on day one
• Women's competition is played alongside the men's in Cape Town for the first time this weekend
• Men’s competition resumes at 10:57 local time on 14 December

Hosts South Africa, defending champions Fiji and New Zealand all recorded impressive wins on day one of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens 2019 on 14 December.

South Africa brought the curtain down on the opening day with a scintillating 49-0 defeat of Japan, while their Pool A rivals Fiji were 28-14 winners over USA despite having two players sin-binned.

New Zealand, the most successful team in series history in South Africa, were equally impressive in overcoming Wales 43-7 after their Pool B rivals Argentina had conceded two late tries in a 33-21 victory over Canada.

The men's competition at Cape Town Stadium had begun with three shock results in four matches with Dubai bronze medallists England among them.

England suffered a last-gasp defeat in their Pool C match with Scotland, Femi Sofolarin scoring the winner in added time of a pulsating match between two old rivals that ended 26-24.

Australia were also undone by a final play try, Terry Kennedy racing away to secure a 26-21 victory for Ireland against a side that had put 45 points on them in Dubai last weekend.

The other upset saw Kenya beat Samoa 24-19, while France avoided joining this club with a 40-7 defeat of Spain.

The HSBC Cape Town Sevens is the second of ten tournaments on the men’s circuit which this season culminates in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in July and August.

The action continues at 10:57 local time (GMT+2) on 14 December when Australia take on Kenya. The teams will complete their pool matches on day two with the knockout stages taking place on 15 December.