Spain beat Australia, Scots upend England to open HK 7s
Eroni Sau was in early, then offloaded with a little back flip to set up Kalione Nasoko, who in turn drew two defenders to send in Vatemo Ravouvou. Fiji went into halftime 17-0 up and was virtually out of sight.
Spain bookended its match with Australia with tries to be 12-12 and in possession with time up. Four minutes after the hooter, after three rucks on the line were repelled by the Australians, they couldn’t stop big Ignacio Rodriguez-Guerra to win 17-12.
England rallied from 12-5 down at halftime and 17-12 down midway through the second half against Scotland. From a dropped ball by a Scot, England’s Callum Sirker ran solo to the posts for a converted try and 19-17 lead with 30 seconds to go.
But from the kickoff, the Scots worked upfield, moved England left and right, and replacement Ally Miller broke a tackle for the match-winning try out right for 22-19.
But, in a flash, Perry Baker and Carlin Isles broke on the outside for tries for the Americans to trail by five with 22 seconds left. With time up, they received a penalty 30 meters out, then a Frenchman was yellow-carded and Isles scored in the left corner to tie the score 24-24. But with a conversion to win, Stephen Tomasin’s difficult chance was short and wide.