New Zealand, Great Britain, Fiji, South Africa and USA managed to remain unbeaten in the opening day of Men's Rugby 7s competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
New Zealand hold the top place in the table at the end of the first day as they started their campaign with a convincing 50-5 win over Korea riding on double tries from Tim Mikkelson and William Warbrick. Korea's chances were hampered by yellow cards to Heung Yong Chang and Wanyong Park. New Zealand went on to complete their second win of the day as they brushed aside Argentina challenge with a 35-14 win.
Meanwhile, Argentina have strengthened their chances of reaching the quarter-finals following their 29-19 win over Australia and now need to beat minnows Korea on the second day to go through. Even though Australia bounced back later in the day with a 42-5 win over Korea, their fate hangs in the balance as they need to beat New Zealand on Tuesday to have any chances of progressing to the top right.
The favorites in the group Great Britain and Fiji have won both their matches and occupy the top two places. While GB blanked both Canada and Japan with 24-0 and 34-0 wins, Fiji recorded 28-14 and 24-19 wins over the two teams. The second day will see both GB and Fiji locking horns with each other to decide the table topper in the group at the end of the opening round.
South Africa started their campaign with 33-14 win over Ireland but were stretched by Kenya though they managed to get away with a 14-5 victory to finish at top in the group at the end of the opening day. Meanwhile, USA had tight encounters against Kenya and Ireland as they managed to secure a 19-14 and 19-17 victory respectively to finish second. Day two will see South Africa and USA locking horns with each other as they aim to finish the group stage at top while Ireland and USA will be hoping to register their first win in the competition.