England Sevens unbeaten on day one in Las Vegas

Ruhan Nel was a standout performer for the Blitzboks

The team has meanwhile been grouped with USA Sevens bronze medal winners Fiji, France and Spain in Pool C as the pools for the Canada Sevens in Vancouver were announced following the conclusion of the USA Sevens in Las Vegas.

Playing in the fifth place semifinal against Australia, Shujaa gave as good as they got, finally exiting the tournament following a 26-21 sudden death defeat after the two sides had been tied 21-21 at the close of regulation time.

Cape Town - Blitzboks speedster Cecil Afrika was the only South African included in the Dream Team for the USA Sevens in Las Vegas this past weekend.

The US team have never won their home tournament.

Fiji meet US while South Africa are up against Argentina in the Cup semi-finals.

Fiji collected 17 log points and are on 79 while Australia remains in fourth overall on 72 points.

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If Powell's charges are to repeat their heroics of last season and again be crowned world champions then they will have to get some consistency back in winning tournaments.

Australia lost to South Africa 29-19, hosts US downed England 17-12 while Fiji silenced New Zealand 14-10 in the other main Cup quarterfinal matches.

Springbok Sevens captain‚ Philip Snyman‚ said the experience gained in Las Vegas will now have to be implemented in Vancouver next weekend.

Fiji scored four tries with captain Jerry Tuwai dotting down twice while Alasio Naduva and Paula Dranisinukula scoring a try each.

"The Blitzboks‚ who already lost Kok in the first match of the tournament due to a jaw injury‚ also saw Du Preez limp off due an ankle injury halfway through the match".

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