Chile 7s - Day One Round-Up
January 5, 2002

The blue skies of Santiago welcomed excellent rugby in the opening round of the second leg of the IRB World Sevens Series where, as expected, the quality of Series champions New Zealand shone through. Whilst others will challenge them in the final day, the standard of some of the more experienced sides taught many lessons to some of the minor nations.

Some huge scores were run up, with England, Argentina, Fiji (twice), South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the USA racking up more than fifty points in a game. It was in fact Canada, who in spite of a spirited effort in the opening game against New Zealand, scored the most points in defeating Paraguay 73-0.

The day was marred in the final game, when after a tackle a fracas erupted, leaving experienced New Zealand referee Paul Honnis no other option than using his discipline cards. Samoan Maurie Faavalu and Fiji's Norman Ligari received red cards and Ron Fanuatanu (Samoa) and Marika Vunibaka (Fiji) were yellow carded. This meant that the final couple of minutes of this game, won by Fiji 26-0, were played by two five-a-side teams. The two red carded players were to face a Disciplinary Committee before the start of play on Saturday.

The biggest surprise of the day was West Indies 21-17 win against home side Chile. Playing in front of a loud crowd, Los Cóndores disappointed their own high expectations, they had won the Bowl at RWC 7's 2001 and although both teams scored three tries it was the Caribbean side that kept their cool and won this game. This was West Indies second Series win in its fourth tournament appearance.

Another big surprise was France fielding a team with six players new to sevens rugby beating England 17-15. This meant that the final game of Pool C became extremely important. With England beating South Africa 12-7, the three teams were tied in first place; South Africa finally won the pool, followed by England on points difference.

New Zealand Sevens took control of the A Pool, with debutante Alan Bunting scoring four tries in their biggest win: 64-0 against Paraguay. Following on his Player of the Tournament performance in Durban, Orene Ai'i again gave a sterling performance. The Eric Rush-led side were the team to best perform on the day.

Argentina won their first Series game against Australia, beating them 10-0, thus avoiding a clash against New Zealand in the quarter finals. Flyhalf Juan Martín Hernández shone for the team that will be hosting next week's tournament in Mar del Plata.

So after 24 games, the second day will have the following quarterfinals:

Canada v Brazil
West Indies v Uruguay
France v Chile
USA v Paraguay
In the Bowl section, whilst New Zealand will play their rivals
Australia, Fiji will meet England, South Africa plays Samoa and
Argentina take on Wales in the Cup Section.

Results Day One, 4th January 2002

South Africa 26 France 7
England 54 Uruguay 0
New Zealand 33 Canada 10
Wales 17 Paraguay 7
Australia 33 USA 5
Argentina 54 Brazil 7
Samoa 38 Chile 7
Fiji 57 West Indies 5
South Africa 50 Uruguay 0
England 15 France 17
New Zealand 64 Paraguay 0
Wales 19 Canada 10
Australia 66 Brazil 0
Argentina 41 USA 5
Samoa 43 West Indies 0
Fiji 76 Chile 0
France 33 Uruguay 12
Canada 73 Paraguay 0
USA 59 Brazil 0
Chile 17 West Indies 21
South Africa 7 England 12
New Zealand 31 Wales 12
Australia 0 Argentina 10
Samoa 0 Fiji 26

DAY 2
¼ Finals Bowl 3rd Pool A v 4th Pool B - Canada v Brazil
¼ Finals Bowl 3rd Pool D v 4th Pool C - West Indies v Uruguay
¼ Finals Bowl 3rd Pool C v 4th Pool D - France v Chile
¼ Finals Bowl 3rd Pool B v 4th Pool A - USA v Paraguay

¼ Finals Cup 1st Pool A v 2nd Pool B - New Zealand v Australia
¼ Finals Cup 1st Pool D v 2nd Pool C - Fiji v England
¼ Finals Cup 1st Pool C v 2nd Pool D - South Africa v Samoa
¼ Finals Cup 1st Pool B v 2nd Pool A - Argentina v Wales

Interval 10 minutes 6.56

33 SF Shield Loser Match 25 v Loser Match 26 22 minutes 7.06.

34 SF Shield Loser Match 27 v Loser Match 28 22 minutes 7.28

35 SF Bowl Winner Match 25 v Winner Match 26 22 minutes 7.50

36 SF Bowl Winner Match 27 v Winner Match 28 22 minutes 8.12

37 SF Plate Loser Match 29 v Loser Match 30 22 minutes 8.34

38 SF Plate Loser Match 31 v Loser Match 32 22 minutes 8.56

39 SF Cup Winner Match 29 v Winner Match 30 22 minutes 9.18

40 SF Cup Winner Match 31 v Winner Match 32 22 minutes 9.40

Interval 10.02

42 Shield Final Winner Match 33 v Winner Match 34 30 minutes 10.30

42 Bowl Final Winner Match 35 v Winner Match 36 30 minutes 11.30

43 Plate Final Winner Match 37 v Winner Match 38 30 minutes 11.30

44 Cup Final Winner Match 39 v Winner Match 40 30 minutes 12.00

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