Highlights | Hong Kong Sevens 2018 | Day 1
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With just eight pool matches played in the men's world series on day one it was Spain who grabbed the headlines with their first victory over Australia since Las Vegas in 2013. Pablo Feijoo’s side clinched a memorable 17-12 win over Australia, when Ignacio Martin Goenaga’s scored off the last play of the game. It was his second try of the match after Inaki Villanueva had opened their account during the first minute.
Scotland also ran in a last gasp score against England to take a narrow 22-19 victory, following over 70 seconds of phase play ending with Lee Jones going over the whitewash.
Elsewhere Fiji kept their hopes of a fourth consecutive Hong Kong title on track with a convincing 31-12 victory over Samoa, while Kenya's Willy Ambaka scored his 100th try on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series as they beat Canada 33-10.
South Africa and New Zealand both showcased the strength of their squads with 36-5 and 45-0 victories respectively over Russia and South Korea. Day two commences with Argentina, runners-up in Las Vegas and Cape Town, taking on France at 11.14am local time (GMT+8).
The men’s World Rugby Sevens Series qualifier is running parallel to the 16-team HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2018 main event. Twelve teams are battling it out with the winner taking the prestigious prize of core team status for 2019.
After two rounds of pool matches Uruguay, Ireland, Uganda and Germany all are two from two. Ireland accumulated the most points of the quartet following a 41-5 result against the Cook Islands and a 26-0 victory over Jamaica. Germany, last season's finalists in the tournament, were pushed by hosts Hong Kong before a securing a 20-point win over Zimbabwe. Jamaica and the Cook Islands will open proceedings on day two at 9.00am local time (GMT+8) with two unbeaten sides, Ireland and Uruguay, going head-to-head directly after in Pool G.
The first six matches on Saturday will decide the complexion of the Cup quarter-finals and they will finish the day at 6.18pm local time.