Fiji make good start to HK7s title defence
Fiji blow away Wales to begin Hong Kong 7s title defence
Associated Press
2014-03-28 11:22 PM

HONG KONG (AP) -- Fiji opened its title defence at the Hong Kong Sevens by blowing away Wales 42-7 on Friday.

In a pool matchup of last year's finalists, Fiji ran in six tries to one to put a smile on the face of coach Ben Ryan.

"Let's not get carried away. We haven't qualified for anything as yet," Ryan said. "We have a far way to go before we can think of defending our title."

Fiji, the most successful side at the mecca of sevens rugby, is bidding for a third successive title to go along with hat tricks in 1990-92 and 1997-99. England was the last team to win three in a row, 10 years ago.

The Pacific Islanders, coming off victory in Tokyo last weekend, led the charge of all the big guns on the opening night.

World series leader South Africa defeated France 31-7, and New Zealand brushed aside Scotland 33-0. Of the top four seeds, England had the hardest time having to ward off a feisty challenge from Argentina, 19-12.

In qualifying for core team status in next season's series, Japan was the most impressive in romps over Uruguay and Trinidad and Tobago, thanks to wingers Yoshikazu Fujita and Kenki Fukuoka, who were released by 15s coach Eddie Jones.

Host Hong Kong, Zimbabwe, Italy and Russia also emerged unbeaten in the 12-team second-tier competition.

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