(ISN) – Hosts South Africa impressed on the opening day of the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens in Port Elizabeth, as the defending champions won all three of their matches against USA, Kenya and Wales, with Cecil Afrika becoming the Blitzboks’ all-time leading points scorer in the process.
Seabelo Senatla scored six tries on day one to continue his presence on top of the try-scoring charts on this season’s Series, while Afrika’s try against Wales took him past Fabian Juries and Neil Powell’s side will now face England in day two’s Cup quarter finals having conceded just one try on day one.
New Zealand, who also conceded just seven points, came out on top of Pool D, beating Samoa, Japan and England 5-0 in an enthralling encounter thanks to Joe Webber’s try, and the current Series champions will play the USA who will appear in their first Cup quarter final of the season.
Current Series leaders Fiji await Australia in a repeat of the Dubai Sevens Cup semi finals while Argentina play Scotland in the other two quarter finals.
All eight teams will head into day two and the Cup quarter finals with all-important Series points available as the road to Rio continues.
Elsewhere Japan recorded their best result of the season, beating Samoa 17-14 to set up a Bowl quarter final with Kenya.