South Africa beat a stubborn Japan 26-5 in their opening Pool C game of the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens.
Paul Treu’s men were given a good work out by an impressive Japanese outfit but in the end prevailed by four tries to one, while in the other Pool C game Canada dispatched of Scotland 33-14.
Defending champions Fiji overcame a plucky Georgia side 26-10 in their opening game while 2005 losing finalists New Zealand became the second team on day one to post 40 points as they trounced Italy 42-0.
Earlier in the day both Wales and Kenya got off to perfect starts with emphatic wins over Zimbabwe and Tunisia respectively. England smashed a hapless Hong Kong 42-5 and Samoa also flexed their muscles with a 35-5 win over Ireland.
France recorded the result of the day with a brilliant second-half comeback against one of this year’s IRB Sevens circuit surprise packages the United States. The USA’s cause was not helped by the sin-binning of Lions loose forward Todd Clever.
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