USA, Fiji and South Africa recorded three wins from three games on day one of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in London on Saturday.

For the former two, those results guaranteed them their place in the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where they will be joined by a New Zealand outfit who earned two victories at Twickenham.

Australia, France, Canada and Ireland complete the Cup quarter-final line-up, those sides also claiming two wins in their respective sections.

Fiji’s hopes of winning the series were nearly dented straight up as Kenya ran them all the way in their section opener. Paula Dranisinukula eventually edged them home 24-17 and they joined France in winning their first contest after the European hopefuls quelled Samoa 22-14.

It was another close call, and defeat, for Samoa second time up as they missed a conversion for victory and succumbed 21-20 to Kenya, for whom Vincent Onyala scored a precious hat-trick.

France performed admirably against Fiji and deserved better than a 31-10 reverse but Alasio Naduva, Jerry Tuwai and Livai Ikanikoda all went over to seal their place at the Olympic Games.

That set up a shoot-out for a Cup quarter-final berth and, after an even first half, France claimed it with a 31-17 taming of Kenya with Remi Siega scoring twice.

Samoa’s hard-luck story continued with a third straight single-figure defeat in an end-to-end encounter with section winners Fiji.

 

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