Upsets aplenty on day one in Dubai

On a day of upsets at the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens, defending champions England and South Africa were the only sides to go unbeaten as shock results at the top and bottom of the schedule kept the crowd on the edge of its seat all day.
Portugal, Wales and Zimbabwe all won two matches on the day but other results conspired against them and none of the three sides eventually made the Cup quarter final draw.

Arguably the largest shock result came near the end of the day when a newlook Australia defied the odds to come from behind and beat Fiji. In doing so, Glen Ella’s men cruelly denied Portugal a first-ever Cup quarter final on points difference.

Two matches later, in the day’s penultimate game, Samoa recovered from a poor start and a loss to Wales to beat New Zealand and take a place in the Cup Quarter finals at Wales’ expense. England then beat France but not by the 15 point margin that would have put Zimbabwe through to the Cup quarters.

The most impressive side on day one was Paul Treu’s South Africa. The Boks dominated Pool C from the outset with comfortable wins against Canada, Tunisia and Argentina and the Pumas’ disappointment was further compounded by an opening loss to Tunisia.

Cup quarter final line-up:
Fiji v France
England v Canada
South Africa v Samoa
New Zealand v Australia

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