Japan, South Africa and Belgium reach top position on day one of Women's Sevens Series Qualifying

World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Qualifying kicked off on Thursday
World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Qualifying kicked off on Thursday
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The World Rugby Women's Sevens Series Qualifying kicked-off on Thursday in Hong Kong with Japan, Belgium and South Africa topping the respective pools.

Group Stage

Pool A

Japan went on to win all the three games of the league stage which started with a 54-0 riot over Jamaica, followed by 22-5 triumph over Netherlands and also defeating China 21-14. Netherlands, who managed to win two out of the three games finished second in the group while China, despite winning a solitary game also managed a berth in the quarter-final after finishing second-best third placed team, thanks to their 68-0 win over Jamaica.

Pool B

In Pool B, Belgium and Kenya managed to qualify for the next stage after finishing with seven points in group stage with two wins in three games. Argentina and host Hong Kong narrowly missed the next round with five points apiece.

Pool C

South Africa, Italy and Papua New Guinea have all made it to the knock out stage taking the top three positions in the group respectively. Papua New Guinea's 12-5 win over Italy proved vital for their advancement to the next stage.

South Africa will take on Papua New Guinea while Belgium and Netherlands lock horns in the first two games of the quarter-finals. Italy and Kenya followed by Japan versus China will be the remaining two knock out games as teams aim semi-final berth on day two.