Hosts New Zealand went unbeaten and surprise package Canada made the Cup quarter-finals at the third round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Wellington.
After disappointing finishes in Dubai and Cape Town, the Canadians won all three of their pool matches against Wales, Scotland and Russia to set up a quarter-final against Argentina on Sunday.
The third round of the HSBC Sevens Series also saw South Africa top the “pool of death”, after beating Fiji, Australia and Japan on day one. They were one of four sides to maintain 100 percent records at the Westpac Stadium, with hosts New Zealand, England and Canada progressing without defeat.
The Cup quarter-finals on Sunday see England play Scotland, New Zealand face Fiji, Canada take on Argentina, while South Africa play France.
Highlights on day one also included England captain Tom Mitchell passing 1,000 series points, Canada’s Harry Jones reaching 500 and Scotland’s Mark Robertson reaching his 50th tournament. Welsh captain Sam Cross and Pouli Teaupa from Japan lead the DHL Impact Player standings after day one.
The action resumes in Wellington on Sunday morning at 11.00 (GMT +13) when Kenya face Russia in the first of the Challenge Trophy quarter-finals.