New Zealand men off to winning start at Hong Kong Sevens
08 April, 2019, 08:55 | Author: Ginger Lawrence
Canadian speedster Justin Douglas celebrated his 25th birthday with the 130th try of his career, but it wasn't enough for Canada to beat Argentina in their opening match on Friday at the Hong Kong Sevens.
Rodrigo Freudenthal and Rodrigo Marta had tries for the invitational Portuguese side.
Douglas, Canada's all-time try leader, had missed the two previous stops due to a concussion.
The Sakura Sevens wrapped up an impressive day one by beating Belgium 35-0 with Suzuki taking her try tally to four with two further tries in the win.
Captained by Helen Nelson, they defeated Belgium 31-12 in Pool A in the opening match of the tournament, scoring five tries, then lost 27-19 to Japan in their second game.
With the victor of the 12-team qualifier being promoted to next season's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, the Cheetahs needed to win at least two matches in the pool stages to progress to today's knockout stages.
The US, who have a seven-point lead over New Zealand at the top of the standings, opened their Hong Kong Sevens campaign by thrashing Spain 39-7 in Pool D.
The Pool C match between New Zealand and Australia started with a minute's silence to commemorate victims in the Christchurch shootings.
But their moment in the sun came in their third and final pool match against Uganda, winning 26-5 to set up a match-up against Japan.
In the women's tournament, Brazil beat Scotland 28-19 to win the title.
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