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Source: FAIRFAX             NZ NEWS Gold Coast: At the end of an enthralling first day of the HSBC Sevens World Series 2012/13, Kenya booked their place in the Cup quarter
14 Oct 2012 11:41

Action from the Fiji-Australia match at Skilled Park, Gold Coast yesterday. Photo: IAN MUIR

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Gold Coast: At the end of an enthralling first day of the HSBC Sevens World Series 2012/13, Kenya booked their place in the Cup quarter finals of the 2012 Gold Coast Sevens and faces a match on day two against hosts Australia.
The hosts ended day one at Skilled Park with a 15-14 win against defending champions Fiji to finish unbeaten alongside Samoa and South Africa.
The Springboks Sevens overwhelmed New Zealand in their pool decider and next face France, who proceeded from their pool with Argentina.
The Pumas will play the All Black Sevens in the last eight, while Samoa face a mouth-watering tie with Fiji.
England, who finished third in last year’s Series, missed out on a place in the Cup quarters and will contest the Bowl.
The Kenyans started slowly against England in the first match of the day, but came back to draw the game and their win against Spain was good enough to seal a place in the last eight.
South Africa defeated New Zealand 31-21 to end day one unbeaten and book their place in the Cup quarter finals as Pool A winners.
Defending Series champions New Zealand began their campaign with a 19-7 victory against USA thanks to Mark Jackman scoring a brace and a 28-21 defeat of Canada with Tomasi Cama scoring twice to maintain their 100% record.
Cornal Hendricks scored the first hat-trick of the tournament as South Africa beat Canada 38-0 in the second Pool A match before they also beat USA 33-5,
In the penultimate Pool A match, Canada beat North American rivals 22-21. The eventual winners led 17-0 in the first half and had to withstand an American comeback, but two Sean Duke tries helped Geraint John’s side to a third place finish in Pool A.
The result meant USA were unable to seek revenge for their defeat in the final of the recent NACRA Sevens Championship.
Jordan Tuapou scored a late winner for the hosts as Australia booked their place in the Cup quarter finals at Skilled Park unbeaten after a 15-14 victory against defending champions Australia.
The hosts’ first match saw Michael O’Connor’s side beat Tonga. Pama Fou scored the opening try to the delight of the home crowd, before Jesse Parahi (two), Sean McMahon and captain Ed Jenkins crossed for second half tries to secure a 31-14 win before they also beat Scotland 22-0.
Osea Kolinisau scored Fiji’s first of five tries in the defending Gold Coast Sevens champions’ 31-14 victory against Scotland.
In their second match they beat Pacific neighbours Tonga 35-5, Joji Raqamate scoring 11 of their points as the defending champions remained unbeaten after their first two matches.
The only non core team competing at this tournament, Tonga, ended the day on a high by beating Scotland 24-5 to finish third. The two side’s have been locked at 5-5 at the break, but three second half tries ensured a win for the Pacific island side.
Samoa booked their place in the Cup quarters as Pool C winners after a 19-17 victory against England. Tom Mitchell (two) and Dan Norton scored for Ben Ryan’s side, but Lio Lolo snatched victory with his side’s third try.
The victory for the islanders added to earlier 14-12 and 31-10 wins against Kenya and Spain respectively.
Kenya join Samoa in the top eight on day on points differential after they drew with England 14-14 in the day’s opening match. Dan Norton had scored the first try of the Series, but two second half tries from Kenya delighted coach Mike Friday on the touchline, substitute Dennis Ombachi stealing the headlines.
England narrowly won their second match, Jeff Williams leaving it late to cross for the winning try in a 13-10 victory against Spain whilst Kenya recorded their first victory of day one by also beating Spain 26-12 thanks to two Collins Injera tries.
Two tries from Nicolas Bruzzone helped Argentina beat Wales 17-5 to book their place in the Cup quarters alongside France from Pool D.
France beat Argentina 14-7 in their opening match thanks to tries from Renaud Delmas and Steve Barry, adding to a 12-5 victory against Portugal with tries coming from Manoel Dall Igna and Julien Candelon.
Argentina, France and Wales all finished the day on seven points, but it was the defending Rugby World Cup Sevens champions who missed out on points differential.

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