Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

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Fiji's sevens coach expects a torrid battle against Samoa in the opening game of today's Paris Sevens even though Samoa has had limited success this year.

South Africa have won 42 of 68 matches played between the two countries with an average 18-14 winning margin.

In their final Pool D game, Samoa were nearly given a shock by Russian Federation with Vladislav Lazarenko opening the scoring before Perez grabbed one back for the Pacific islanders. This will be the first time they meet Samoa in the current series.

Samoa then went on to produce a second shock result of the day as they saw of Australia 21-14 before guaranteeing their place in the quarter finals with a 19-19 draw against Russian Federation.

France moved into the last eight as well after recovering from their loss against England to beat the Spaniards and Kenyans.

Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell, was pretty happy with the fire in the belly shown by his team after the unexpected defeat against Scotland.

"We started slowly against Russian Federation; we weren't clinical in what we wanted to do. We were disappointed about that first one".

"Samoa will be physical".

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With a lead over Fiji of 25 points in the race for the series title, and just 22pts on offer for a tournament win, the Blitzbokke could dethrone the Pacific islanders this weekend ahead of the series-ender London leg on May 20-21.

Chris Dry, playing in his 61 tournament, scored a hat-trick of tries in a strong second half showing, while Werner Kok was the strong player in the opening seven minutes, scoring two great tries after Dry opened the account.

Earlier, South Africa outplayed Japan 35-5 in their second match of the HSBC Paris Sevens.

Afrika finished as the leading points scorer for the team on the day, contributing 18 points.

They went 3-0 to top Pool B and set up a Cup quarter-final with France tonight at 9.34pm NZT.

The Vodafone Fiji 7s have thrashed Russian Federation 54-0 in a thrilling second pool match of the Paris 7's tournament.

The first day of competition in Paris produced a few surprising results most notable of which was Fiji losing to Samoa in the first game of the day and then South Africa going down to a rejuvenated Scotland.

Russian Federation again took the lead four minutes into the second term before James Stannard responded in kind.

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