The most mouth-watering game on day one was unquestionably the meeting between Fiji and USA, the top two in the 2019 series.
Sevuloni Mocenacagi was stopped a metre short of the USA line, but two quick tries from Aminiasi Tuimaba gave Fiji a 14-0 lead at half-time.
Two yellow cards in little more than a minute threatened to undo all of Fiji’s hard work, but tries from Viilimoni Botitu and Alasio Naduva ensured Jerry Tuwai’s 50th series event began with a 28-14 win.
South Africa ensured the crowd went home happy with a seven-try, 49-0 defeat of invitational side Japan in the final game of the day. Seabelo Senatla and Kurt-Lee Arendse both scored doubles as the Blitzboks made Japan pay for every error, pouncing on loose passes, dropped balls or poor restarts. Japan did have plenty of time on the ball, but simply couldn’t find a way through the green wall.