There were a few upsets on Day One of the Wellington Sevens although hosts New Zealand and the Blitzbokke cruised through their first two games without really being tested.
Tonga shocked their Pacific neighbours Fiji while Australia were thumped by Kenya and France went down to Canada on an exciting opening day of action in New Zealand.
The home side recorded comfortable victories over Scotland and Japan while in Pool B neither England or South Africa were tested by the United States or the Cook Islands.
Tomasi Cama scored 24 points as hosts New Zealand demolished Japan 54-0 to add maintain their 100% record on day one.
The defending champions began their campaign against Scotland, recovering from a 7-0 deficit at half-time to secure a 29-7 victory thanks to a hat-trick from DJ Forbes.
The hosts have welcomed Hosea Gear back into their squad, alongside Ardie Savea and Mark Jackman who will make their Sevens debuts on day one. They will face Samoa in the final match of day one.
Samoa also overturned a half-time deficit, coming from 14-10 behind to record a 29-14 victory against Japan thanks to two tries from Lolo Lui. In their second match they also came from 14-7 behind to beat Scotland 21-14 and book their place in the Cup quarterfinals.
New Zealand 29-7 Scotland
Samoa 29-14 Japan
New Zealand 54-0 Japan
Samoa 21-14 Scotland
South Africa became the first side to win both of their opening two pool matches, adding a 43-0 victory against the Cook Islands, thanks to two tries from Cornal Hendricks, to an earlier defeat of the USA.
England also made it two wins from two as they also beat the USA 29-0 adding to an earlier 27-12 win against the Cook Islands.
Dan Norton scored twice, Mat Turner added his 16th of the season and Tom Mitchell scored on his World Series debut ensuring their was no repeat of the upset caused in 2008. Arthur Mui and Sean Fletcher crossed for Ramsey Tomokino's side.
Cecil Afrika scored 14 points as Paul Treu's side recorded a 21-0 victory against USA in the day's first match ensuring they have won all of their 20 encounters with Al Caravelli's side.
South Africa 21-0 United States
England 27-12 Cook Islands
South Africa 43-0 Cook Islands
England 29-0 United States
Tonga stunned Pacific neighbours Fiji, beating the current joint Series leaders 17-14 with Jack Ram scoring two tries in the victory in Pool C.
Fiji won in Wellington two years ago and got their campaign off to a flying start with a 31-0 victory against Argentina thanks to 11 points from Osea Kolinisau but were unable to cope with Tonga.
The Pumas have struggled for consistency this season, reaching a Cup semifinal in Dubai but otherwise flattering to deceive and lost to Wales 19-7 meaning they now enter the Bowl competition.
Wales, who beat Fiji 48-0 in the Plate final in South Africa, met Tonga in their first match which ended in a thrilling 14-14 draw.
Fiji 31-0 Argentina
Wales 14-14 Tonga
Fiji 14-17 Tonga
Wales 19-7 Argentina
Australia beat Canada 14-12 to ensure each side in Pool D sit on four points after the first two rounds of pool matches.
Canada stunned France recording a 19-14 victory against the Dubai Sevens runners-up. Sean Duke and Nathan Hirayama had given Geraint John's side a 14-0 lead but were pegged back to 14-14 before Ciaran Hearn struck the final blow.
France were able to win their second match, however, as Vincent Deniau scored twice in a 26-17 victory against Kenya, despite Collins Injera scoring two tries himself.
Earlier Injera scored his 125th and 126th tries in another surprise result in Pool D as Kenya scored five tries in a 35-10 victory against Australia. Captain Sidney Ashioya also scored twice before Humphrey Kayange completed the victory.
France 14-19 Canada
Australia 10-35 Kenya
France 26-17 Kenya
Australia 14-12 Canada
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