The University of Queensland is firming as favourite to repeat its round one success after topping the competition ladder on the opening day of the Aon Uni 7s at Bond University on the Gold Coast.
But a loss to defending series champions Griffith shows victory is no certainty in a round that remains relatively open heading into the points end of competition.
UQ and the University of Sydney lead the ladder with three wins from four round matches on the opening day and will seal a spot in the semi-finals on Sunday morning.
Sydney Uni was defeated in the final play of the day, going down to round one finalists UTS 19-15 in a tightly contested match.
But with teams missing their Australian representatives – who have left to contest the opening round of the world series in the US – results are far from predictable.
After narrowly escaping a 10th-place finish in the opening round, Bond University opened their home contest with a shock win over Griffith University and finished the day in the middle of Pool A with a win, a loss and a draw from three strong games.
And the University of Canberra ambushed round one runner-up UTS with a 29-5 victory to start their round two campaign on a high before going on to beat the University of Melbourne, leaving them in finals contention.
Teams will return to Bond University in the morning for their final pool matches ahead of the finals later in the afternoon.
Day two action will be broadcast LIVE on RUGBY.com.au from 9am.
FULL DAY ONE REPLAY
Saturday 28 September
ALL TIMES AEST
University of Queensland 26 d University of Adelaide 21
Bond University 17 d Griffith University 12
UTS 5 def by University of Canberra 29
University of Melbourne 7 def by University of Sydney 31
University of Queensland 24 d Bond University 12
Griffith University 22 d UNE 19
University of Canberra 0 def by University of Sydney 24
UTS 26 d University of Western Australia 24
University of Adelaide 26 d UNE 12
Griffith University 14 d University of Queensland 7
University of Sydney 17 d University of Western Australia 14
University of Canberra 17 d University of Melbourne 0
University of Adelaide 12 drew Bond University 12
University of Queensland 28 d UNE 24
University of Western Australia 14 d University of Melbourne 10
University of Sydney 15 def by UTS 19
Sunday 29 September
UNE v Bond University, 9:00am
Griffith University v University of Adelaide, 9:20am
University of Melbourne v UTS, 9:40am
University of Western Australia v University of Canberra, 10:00am
3rd Pool A v 4th Pool B, 11.00am
3rd Pool B v 4th Pool A, 11.20am
1st Pool A v 2nd Pool B, 11.40am
1st Pool B v 1st Pool A, 12.00am
9th/10th Playoff, 1.00pm
7th/8th Playoff, 1.25pm
5th/6th Playoff, 1.50pm
Bronze Medal Match, 2.15pm
Gold Medal Match, 2.40pm