Japan had plenty of possession early on against USA but couldn’t penetrate the defensive line and instead were hit with three quick-fire tries late in the first half, Carlin Isles and Danny Barrett scoring while Yoshikazu Fujita was in the sin-bin before captain Madison Hughes made it 21-0 at half-time. Hughes scored a second try after the break in a 15-point personal haul as the Sevens Eagles ran out comfortable 42-0 winners.

The Cape Town Stadium was rocking for the last match of round two, between defending champions Fiji and hosts South Africa. Seabelo Senatla received an early yellow card with Fiji scoring twice in his absence through Jerry Tuwai and Vilimoni Botitu for a 14-0 lead. Roared on by a packed stadium, the Blitzboks scored just before half-time through Rosko Specman and then dominated the second with Senatla scoring his 230th try in series history to draw level with current Argentina coach Santiago Gomez Cora in third place.

Points were the name of the game for Fiji against Japan just in case USA beat South Africa to leave all three teams on seven points. They didn’t hang around, Waisea Nacuqu scoring two of their five first-half tries and receiving a yellow card as the series champions turned on the style. Nacuqu completed his hat-trick after the break but Japan had the final say, Taisei Hayashi scoring their first try in Cape Town for a 54-7 final score.

The pressure was on USA to beat the Blitzboks for the first time in South Africa, but it was the hosts who went 14-0 up despite losing two players to the sin-bin for dangerous tackles, Seabelo Senatla receiving the latter after Carlin Isles had given the Sevens Eagles hope on the stroke of half-time. To the delight of the crowd it was South Africa who scored first in the second half, Selvyn Davids bursting through to dot down, but once more USA came back with late tries by Matai Leuta and Perry Baker.

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