Rugby Sevens Tokyo OIympic Games 2020: Men's Tournament day one Results

Mon, 26/07/2021, 10:22 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
The Aussie 7s Men in fine form against Korea despite early struggle against Argentina on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The Rugby Sevens is underway at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 with the men kicking off proceedings.

Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa were big winners as they opened their campaigns with dominant wins.

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Meanwhile, Australia had a mixed day, dropping the first game to Argentina before putting together a strong showing against Korea.

RECAP ALL THE ACTION FROM DAY ONE BELOW IN OUR LIVE BLOG

20:00 - SOUTH AFRICA HOLD OFF KENYA

South Africa opened the scoring through Selvyn Davids and captain Siviwe Soyizwapi as they look to finish the day on a high.

Kenya would hit back through Collins Injera just before the break.

That's how the score would finish as South Africa set up a blockbuster clash with the US for tomorrow morning

19:30 - USA OVERCOME IRELAND IN THRILLER

The USA has held off Ireland 19-17 in a thrilling contest.

Perry Baker opens the account as he bursts away for the USA, with Madison Hughes making it two inside two minutes.

Ireland would hit back through Hugo Lennox just before the break.

They would set up a grandstand finish as Mark Roache answered the try from Madison Hughes, however, USA would hold on for the win.

19:00 - AUSTRALIA DOMINATE KOREA

CHECK OUT THE FULL MATCH REPORT FROM THE GAME

13': Dylan Pietsch comes off the bench and adds to the scoring as Australia cruise to victory.

11': Nick Malouf immediately responds for Australia

10': Korea hit back through Andre Jin Coquillard

8': Miller gets his double as he finishes off a brilliant team try

7': Lachie Miller scores on the bell as Australia score their third

3': Dietrich Roache makes it two in two for the Aussies.

2': Maurice Longbottom splits them open for the first try of the game

Samu Kerevi into the starting side

One change for the Aussies 12-man squad, Nathan Lawson in for Lewis Holland

18:30 - NEW ZEALAND SURVIVE ARGENTINA SCARE

New Zealand has recovered from a slow start to defeat Argentina 35-14.

Argentina stunned the Kiwis early on as Marcos Moneta raced away to open the scoring.

New Zealand eventually kicked into action as a Sione Molia try on the siren handing them the 14-7 half-time lead.

Whilst Los Pumas would level it up, Joe Weber would burst through and reclaim the lead, with Tim Mikkelson and Will Warbrick sealing the win.

18:00 - FIJI OVERCOME BRAVE CANADA

Fiji have held off a valiant effort from Canada as they make it two from two in their defence of Rio gold.

Napolioni Bolaca got Fiji off to the perfect start as they opened the scoring, with Jiuta Wainiqolo shortly following as they ran in two tries in four minutes.

Whilst Canada closed the gap with tries before and after the break, Fiji would eventually claim the 28-14 win.

17:30 - GREAT BRITAIN SHUTOUT JAPAN

Great Britain has continued their dominant start to the tournament, cruising to a 34-0 lead against Japan.

A Dan Bibby try within the first 45 seconds set the tempo as they ran in three tries in the first half.

They would back up where they left off after the break as Ben Harris and Ethan Waddleton extended the advantage and secured the win.

15:30 - AUSSIES 'HURTING' AFTER LOSS

Aussies Men Sevens coach Tim Walsh is confident his team will bounce back after their shock 29-19 defeat against Argentina.

Despite admitting they were 'hurting' after the defeat, Walsh is maintaining confidence in his side as they prepare for Korea.

Check out what he had to say here

12:30 - USA PULL OFF LATE WIN OVER KENYA

The USA have pulled off a last-minute 19-14 win over Kenya to round out action from the first session of play.

America cruised out to a 14-7 half-time lead thanks to tries to Carlin Isles and Martin Iosefo.

However, Kenya would fight back and take the lead late with just two minute remaining.

In the end, USA found a way to snatch victory at the end as Madison Hughes crashed over to secure the 19-14 victory

12:00 - SOUTH AFRICA CRUISE TO VICTORY

South Africa have overcome Ireland 33-14 as they get their competition off to the perfect start.

The Blitzboks opened the Irish open via the boot as they scored two early tries to take a 14-7 lead.

Whilst the Irish fought back, South Africa would close out the game as they scored twice within a minute to take the victory.

11:30 - AUSTRALIA 19 -29 ARGENTINA

14': Argentina score a late try to seal the 29-19 win

13': Kerevi makes an instant impact, crossing as the margin is reduced to 5.

13': Turner crosses for his second as Australia fight back

9': Josh Turner opens the account for Australia.

7': All Argentina as they cross once again for the fourth via Santiago Mare. Argentina 24-0.

6': Straight off the kick-off, Argentina score after an Australian mistake. Argentina 17-0.

5': They extend the lead through Matias Osadczuk. Argentina 10-0

2': Argentina score first through Lucio Cinti, conversion goes wide

AUSTRALIA STARTING SIDE: Henry Hutchison, Lachie Miller, Dylan Pietsch, Maurice Longbottom, Lachie Anderson, Lewis Holland, Nick Malouf

11:00 - NEW ZEALAND SEND MESSAGE WITH EMPHATIC WIN

Gold medal favourites New Zealand sent a message to the rest of the comp with a thumping 52-5 win over Korea.

Expected to dominate, the defending world series champions were troubled early as Yeon Sik Jeong burst through for Korea's first try in Olympic history.

However, their clash would shine through as Tim Mikkelson burst through to extend their 14-5 lead at the break.

With Korea twice down a man due to a yellow card, New Zealand would open them up as they scored six second-half tries to seal a 52-5 win.

10:30 - NORTON BRILLIANCE POWERS GREAT BRITAIN HOME

In a close encounter so far, Dan Norton has broken the game open to give Great Britain the win over Canada

Norton crossed just before and after the break as he sliced the Canadians open to hand them a 12-0 lead.

Late tries to Ross McLean and Robbie Fergusson secured the 26-0 win for Great Britain.

10:00 - FIJI SURVIVE SCARE TO OVERCOME JAPAN

Fiji have survived an early scare, defeating Japan 24-19.

Looking to defend their crown from Rio, the defending champions were shellshocked early on as the hosts took a 14-12 lead into the half-time break.

However, two second-half tries to Waisea Nacuqu helped them re-gain the lead and eventually come away with the win.

WHEN DO AUSTRALIA PLAY IN THE RUGBY SEVENS OLYMPIC GAMES?

The men's Sevens side have been drawn in Pool A and will kick off their tournament against Argentina on Monday, July 26 at 11:30 am (AEST).

This will be followed in the evening by a clash with the Republic of Korea, slated for 7:00 pm (AEST).

Their group stage matches will be rounded out by a grudge match against defending World Series champions New Zealand on Tuesday, July 27 at 11:30 am.

WHAT CHANNEL IS AUSTRALIA'S RUGBY SEVENS OLYMPIC GAMES ON?

Australia's first game of the tournament against Argentina will be shown on 7mate.

The contest is expected to get underway at 11:30 following New Zealand's clash with Korea.

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