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Hong Kong Sevens: Day One, Wrap


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.

Men’s competition, Day One, results:

Argentina 31-10 Wales
USA 24-24 France
England 19-22 Scotland
South Africa 45-0 South Korea
Australia 12-17 Spain
Kenya 33-10 Canada
New Zealand 36-5 Russia
Fiji 31-12 Samoa

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