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Surprise wins in Rugby 7s

16 Mar 06 08:17

Kiwi Soseni Anesi helped New Zealand to two victories on the first day of competition. 

Kiwi Soseni Anesi helped
New Zealand to two victories
on the first day of competition.

In the first day’s competition, Rugby 7 teams New Zealand and Fiji are positioning themselves as favourites winning both their matches today. Tonga and Canada have had surprise wins.

Following the Kiwi’s triumphant match against Namibia, Soseni Anesi from New Zealand said, “It was an awesome game. We wanted to work on the combination more.”

New Zealand beat Namibia, 41-7 where the Kiwi’s ball-handling skills excelled and Soseni Anesi top scoring with two tries.

Other matches held today included:

Australia v Sri Lanka - Australia walloped a lacklustre Sri Lanka: 73-0.  Australian Chris Latham top scored with three tries, with two tries each to Matt Giteau and Scott Fava.

Canada v Scotland – Canada upset Scotland with a win 10-7. It was a hard fought battle with Scotland’s David Grey scoring the best try of the tournament so far.

Canada hit back with an equally impressive team try to Adam Kleeberger. Scotland had a chance to take the game, winning a penalty at the death and scrambling for the line, only to knock the ball on, thanks to stout Canadian defence.

Canadian Captain, Moonlight said “We’ve been hoping for a victory like this for a long time. It’s a huge victory for us.”

Fiji v Canada – Fiji won against Canada 31-14. Fiji are top seeds with Fijian Neumi Nanuku being the top scorer but left the field injured in the second half after scoring his second try.

Fiji v Niue - Fiji thrashed a hapless Niue Island 63-0. Fiji had seven try scorers, with Semisi Naevo and Filimone Bolavucu top scoring for the winners with two tries each.

Kenya v Namibia – Kenya were victors over Namibia 31-5. Kenyan Captain, Victor Sudi Simiyu spoke about his goals for the tournament saying, “Hopefully we will be there in the medal rounds.”

New Zealand v Wales – New Zealand were too good winning 35-10. The Welsh captain, Richard Pugh said about his team’s performance: “We came close but NZ showed their class with tries and good off-loads at the end. They really put it to us and finished it off."

Kenya v Wales – Wales were comfortable winners 33-0 with Welshman, James Hook speaking about the supporters, “It’s nice to have all the supporters here. It gives us a boost.”

The Welsh put their earlier loss to New Zealand behind them, shutting down the Kenyans and dominating possession throughout the match.

Daniel Evans, captain Richard Pugh, James Merriman, Taliesin Selley and Jonathan Edwards ran in the unanswered tries for the Welsh.

South Africa v Uganda - South Africa defeated Uganda 63-7 in the opening match of the Rugby 7s evening program, setting the tone for the match with three early tries, including a double to Stefan Basson.

Coach Paul Treu’s men scored nine tries to one in a solid display after a disappointing first-up loss to Tonga.

Uganda showed patches of form but were outclassed by a committed South Africa. Treu will be concerned after playmaker Basson suffered a leg injury and was replaced in the first half.

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