Wales open Sevens World Cup with big win

Wales’ Aled Brew scored the first try of the 2009 Sevens World Cup in Dubai on Thursday as his team ran out easy 31-5 winners over Zimbabwe after holding a narrow 12-5 halftime lead.


France came from behind to surprise the United States 26-17, scoring three tries after halftime.

The United States cause was not helped by the sin-binning of Lions Super 14 flank Todd Clever in the second half.

Canada controlled possession against Scotland, one of the so-called core teams in the IRB Sevens Series, to lead 33-0 at the break. The final score was 33-14.

Scotland and Canada are in Pool C with South Africa, who play Japan in the last match of the first day. Each of the 24 sides play only one match on Day One.

Early scores on the first day, with one of the two matches in each of the six pools completed, are:

Pool A:

Tonga 19 Arabian Gulf 0

Pool B:

France 26 United States 17

Pool C:

Canada 33 Scotland 14

Pool D:

Australia 24 Portugal 12

Pool E:

Kenya 29 Tunisia 7

Pool F: Wales 31 Zimbabwe 5


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