Ireland and Scotland snatched last-gasp victories over Australia and England respectively on the opening day of men’s pool matches at the HSBC Cape Town Sevens, while Kenya were also surprise winners over Samoa.
Hosts South Africa, defending champions Fiji and New Zealand all recorded impressive wins on day one of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens 2019 on Friday.
South Africa brought the curtain down on day one with a scintillating 49-0 defeat of Japan, while their Pool A rivals Fiji were 28-14 winners over USA despite having two players sin-binned.
New Zealand, the most successful team in series history in South Africa, were equally impressive in overcoming Wales 43-7 after their Pool B rivals Argentina had conceded two late tries in a 33-21 victory over Canada.
While these victories may have been largely expected, the men’s competition at Cape Town Stadium had begun with three shock results in four matches with Dubai bronze medallists England among them.
England suffered a last-gasp defeat in their Pool C match with Scotland, Femi Sofolarin scoring the winner in added time of a pulsating match between two old rivals that ended 26-24.
Australia were also undone by a final play try, Terry Kennedy racing away to secure a 26-21 victory for Ireland against a side that had put 45 points on them in Dubai last weekend.
The other upset saw Kenya beat Samoa 24-19, while France avoided joining this club with a 40-7 defeat of Spain.