Paul Treu’s Springbok Sevens side got off to a great start in the Hong Kong Sevens when they thrashed Japan 40-7 on Friday.
Mpho Mbiyozo and Fabian Juries picked up two tries apiece in this Pool C clash. South Africa will play Russia on Saturday before meeting their toughest opponents of the group Argentina, who beat the Eastern Europeans 33-0.
Frontrunners New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa all began their respective campaigns with victories. The Kiwis thrashed Chinese Taipei 50-5, while Fiji overcame a shocking start to run in six tries in a 42-7 win over Korea. Samoa, the current Hong Kong champions, scored a comfortable 35-7 win over Sri Lanka.
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