Top seeds unbeaten on day one in Moscow

(IRB.COM) Friday 28 June 2013  
 Top seeds unbeaten on day one in Moscow
Wales got off to a winning start in their Rugby World Cup Sevens' title defence


Defending Rugby World Cup Sevens champions Wales got off to a winning start in their title defence as all the top seeds got off to winning starts at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Chris Knight scored twice in Wales' victory as Paul John's side beat Uruguay 33-5, while two-time champions Fiji, a team that Wales play on day two, beat Tunisia 45-0.


Despite several non-core sides from the Sevens World Series impressing on day one of the 2013 edition of the RWC Sevens, there were no upsets at the home of the 1980 Olympic Games. 

For hosts Russia it was not the dream start they had hoped for as they suffered a 31-0 defeat at the hands of Paul Treu's South Africa with Seabelo Senatla scoring a brace having just joined up with the squad having competed at the IRB Junior World Championship in France where he scored seven tries. 

Kenya scored 45 points in their victory against the Philippines, Felix Ayange and Humphrey Kayange both scoring twice after Jacques Leitao made his mark in the history books by scoring the opening try of the tournament for Zimbabwe, although his side went on to lose 21-14 to Samoa. 

HSBC Sevens World Series champions New Zealand proved too strong for Canada, winning 31-12, while USA beat Georgia 26-19 in Pool D.

England, who won the tournament in 1993, beat Portugal 21-7 with John Brake scoring twice and Argentina beat Hong Kong 47-7 as Francisco Merello scored two tries.

In the matches after the opening ceremony of the tournament which saw the official RWC Sevens song performed, Australia beat Spain 21-0 thanks to tries from Lewis Holland, Matt Lucas and Bernard Foley.

France were too strong for Tunisia, winning 24-5 and Scotland beat Japan 19-17 in an enthralling end to the day in the final match.

All matches from the Luzhniki Stadium can be streamed online at and highlights will be available shortly.

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