Pic: World Rugby
On day one of the USA Sevens, Fiji was one of six unbeaten teams. The islanders are staying on track to win a third consecutive tournament in Las Vegas. Fiji however, is still in search for the first tournament win this season, but two convincing victories over Japan and Scotland in Pool D made clear that Gareth Baber's side is in strong form.
Beside Fiji, hosts USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and England all recorded two wins from two as well.
Series leaders South Africa traveled with the confidence of two back-to-back tournament wins to the USA and showed strong performances including a 26-7 win over Canada and a 24-0 win over France. The French started off strongly with a 33-7 win over Wales, who were later beaten by Damian McGrath's Canada side when Mike Fuailefau scored a late try to the delight of the large pockets of Canadian fans in the stands.
Hosts USA demonstrated once again their ambitions to win the first title on home soil with a 26-5 win over Samoa and a 31-0 victory against South American side Chile. New Zealand dominated Pool C with wins against Kenya and Russia. Argentina, started their campaign strongly beating Russia 43-0 but just drew against Kenya in their final day one match.
Australia also had a strong opening tournament day with a 28-21 win over Scotland and a 19-12 success against Japan in Pool D setting up the pool decider against Fiji on day two.
HSBC Women's Sevens Series
While the men's still have an outstanding round of pool matches ahead, the women's will head into the quarterfinals on the second day of the USA Sevens. Canada and New Zealand go into the Cup quarter-finals unbeaten after some imposing performances. England failed to progress from the pool stage once again and will now play for the Challenge trophy.
Current series champions Australia also qualified for the Cup quarter-finals despite losing to New Zealand. Fiji lost to the hosts USA in their final pool match but managed to beat Spain and Ireland earlier. With the two wins, Fiji booked a quarter-final encounter against Australia, while Ireland will face USA on the final day.
USA Sevens Women's | Cup Quarter-Finals
CANADA v FRANCE
FIJI v AUSTRALIA
USA v IRELAND
NEW ZEALAND v RUSSIA