Digicel Fiji 7s 26 Georgia 10
One down, two to go. Fiji defeated Georgia 26-10 in their opening Rugby World Cup 7s match this morning in Dubai.
In doing so, followed the New Zealanders past 100 points in RWC 7s.
Fiji led 12-10 at the break after two well-taken tries by Merab Kvirikashvili kept the Georgians in touch, but tries from star winger Vilimoni Delasau and Peni Rokodiva took Iliesa Tanivula's men clear.
Fiji currently leads Pool B.
New Zealand became the first team to pass 1,000 points in the history of RWC Sevens as they overcame Italy 42-0. Paul Grant's try, the third of the match, took the Kiwis past the key milestone, while Viliame Waqaseduadua (2), Lote Raikabula, D J Forbes and Chad Tuoro grabbed the other tries.
Tonga never reached top gear in their clash with hosts the Arabian Gulf but overcame some strong defending to claim a 19-0 win, Viliami Ma’afu, Vaea T Poteki and Mateo Malupo scoring their tries.
South Africa, who won the World Series event in Dubai last November, opened up their campaign with a workmanlike 26-5 win over a hard-working Japan side. However, try-scorer Gio Aplon limped off midway through the second half, leaving South Africa coach Paul Treu with a potential injury headache ahead of Friday’s fixtures.
Canada entertained the crowd with five tries as they downed Scotland 33-14. Scotland coach Stephen Gemmell could not hide his anger as his side committed several handling errors to gift Canada, and in particular Ciaran Hearn, easy points in the first half.
Australia battled past Portugal in the pool’s first fixture before Samoa showed their potential with an impressive 35-5 win over Ireland. Rupena Levasa ran in a hat-trick of tries as the islanders prepared for two tough games against Portugal and Australia in style.
Tom Varndell marked his return to Sevens with two tries as England overcame an early scare en route to a comfortable 42-5 win over Hong Kong. Kevin Barrett was binned for England early on, allowing Hong Kong to go ahead, but a converted Tom Biggs effort a minute later set England on their way, before tries from Varndell (2), Ben Gollings (2) and Josh Drauniniu confirmed the win.
Collins Injera claimed a hat-trick as Kenya came out on top in their all-African clash with Tunisia 29-7. Tunisia started brightly and moved ahead with an Abess Kherfani score but Kenyan captain Humphrey Kayange pegged them back before Injera stole the show.
San Diego World Series title winners Argentina were made to work hard by a plucky Uruguay side before eventually running out 19-7 winners. Three tries, including one from captain Santiago Gomez Cora, put them 12 up at the break but a scoreless second half leaves coach Duncan Forrester with work to do.
A Craig Hill-inspired Wales got their campaign off to the perfect start as they produced an impressive second-half display to complete a 31-5 win over Zimbabwe in the tournament's first game.
Fiji 26 Georgia 10
2009 RWC 7s
The Sevens, Dubai
FIJI: 12 Neumi Nanuku, 11 Peni Rokodiva (s), 10 Orisi Sareki (s), 9 Vilimoni Delasau, 8 Waisale Sukanaveita (s), 7 Vereniki Goneva, 6 Jone Daunivucu, 5 Pio Tuwai (s), 4 Seremaia Burotu (s), 3 Napolioni Nalaga, 2 Apolosi Satala, 1 Semisi Naevo
Tries: Nanuku, Nalaga, Delasau, Rokodiva; Conversions: Daunivucu (3), Rokodiva
GEORGIA: 12 Jaba Bregvadze (s), 11 Alexander Nijaradze (11), 10 Lekso Gugava (s), 9 Giorgi Kacharava (s), 8 David Chitidze (s), 7 George Shkinin, 6 Lasha Khmaladze (s), 5 Merab Kvirikashvili, 4 Bidzina Samkharadze, 3 Giorgi Chkaidze, 2 Alexander Todua, 1 Viktor Kolelishvili
Try: Kvirikashvili (2);
Scoring Sequence (Fiji’s points shown first):
0.59min – TRY FIJI, Neumi Nanuku, conversion Jone Daunivucu – 7-0
2.13min – TRY FIJI, Napolioni Nalaga, conversion Jone Daunivucu (missed) – 12-0
4.30min – TRY GEORGIA, Merab Kvirikashvili, conversion Kvirikashvili (missed) – 12-5
8.02min – TRY GEORGIA, Merab Kvirikashvili, conversion Kvirikashvili (missed) – 12-10
10.04min – TRY FIJI, Vilimoni Delasau, conversion Peni Rokodiva – 19-10
10.53min – TRY FIJI, Peni Rokodiva, conversion Jone Saunivucu – 26-10