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New Zealand unbeaten after Day One of the #Glasgow2014 Sevens

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irb.com     27 Jul 2014     Getty Images

In two years time Sevens will take its place at the Olympic Games in Rio and once again defending Commonwealth Games champions New Zealand have underlined their credentials in multi-sports events.

The champions have won all four Commonwealth Games gold medals contested to date and maintained their 100% record in Commonwealth Games on day one at Ibrox with three wins from three, a feat matched by Samoa.

Tournament hosts Scotland won a crucial match against Canada late in the day to proceed with New Zealand from pool A and join the kiwis, South Africa, Kenya, Samoa, Wales, England and Australia in the medal quarter-finals on day two. Crucial ties remain, though, to decide those last eight ties.

Pool A – New Zealand, Canada, Scotland, Barbados

Sir Gordon Tietjens' side began their fifth Games campaign with a 39-0 victory against Canada thanks to two tries apiece from captain DJ Forbes and Ben Lam, before Sherwin Stowers scored twice in an enthralling 17-14 defeat of Scotland and a final win, 59-0, against Barbados.

They were most uncomfortable against Scotland. Leading 17-0 in the second half they conceded two tries to Lee Jones but held on for a 17-14 win. If Scotland almost upset the favourites in that, their first match, they turned on the style in their second by beating Barbados 56-0 and then scored a crucial 21-5 win against Canada to reach the medal quarter-finals on day two.

After that initial chastening loss to New Zealand, the Canadians bounced back to beat the Bajans 68-5, captain John Moonlight scoring two tries and Nathan Hirayama adding 17 points, but their two losses mean the Canadians are out of the medal running.

Pool B – South Africa, Kenya, Cook Islands, Trinidad and Tobago

Seabelo Senatla scored a hat-trick in both of South Africa's first two games as the Delhi bronze medallists beat Trinidad and Tobago 38-0 and Cook Islands 50-0 to win a place in the medal quarter finals. Recently capped Springbok Cornal Hendricks scored a second half hat trick in a little over one minute against the Cooks as the Blitzboks built momentum ahead of their pool decider against Kenya.

Two tries from Collins Injera helped Kenya to their opening 28-0 win against the Cook Islands and they then recorded a 35-5 win against T&T in the second session to book their place in the medal knock-outs.

The Cooks beat Trinidad and Tobago 33-10 with James Raea scoring a hat-trick.

Pool C – Samoa, Wales, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia

With former captains Lolo Lui and Afa Aiono back in the side, Samoa scored three opening victories to guarantee themselves a place in the quarter finals as top seed from their pool. Early on they beat fellow Oceania side Papua New Guinea 33-14 and in the second session they eased to a 54-0 win against Malaysia before a late 19-12 victory over Wales.

Wales are also still in the hunt for medals on day two after a 52-0 win against Malaysia and a 29-7 win over PNG.

Earlier the Papua New Guineans bounced back from their opening defeat to beat Malaysia 36-7, Albert Levi scoring twice, and their try against Wales also brought the biggest cheer from the generous crowd.

Pool D – England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Uganda

England won their first match of the second session, 40-0 against Uganda, to join Australia at the top of the Pool D table. Both sides won handsome victories against the two relative minnows to guarantee their places in the quarter finals, but now face each other later in the day for the top spot in the group.

Simon Amor's England had earlier beaten Sri Lanka 57-0 with Dan Norton, captain Tom Mitchell, Phil Burgess and James Rodwell all scoring two tries.

2010 silver medalists Australia scored two wins in the opening session, beating Sri Lanka 62-7 with to 27 points from Cameron Clark also proved too strong for Uganda, Greg Jeloudev scoring four tries in a 43-5 win.

Uganda scored a memorable 17-14 win against Sri Lanka in the penultimate tie of the pool.