Following a thrilling opening round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2016-17 in Dubai, we look back as some of the most pivotal moments with iconic imagery.

THE CHASE: Fiji's Kitione Taliga manages to get his hands around the boot of Argentina's Matias Ocsaduk in their match on day one, but it's not just the players that catch the eye in this one. Behind, fans dressed as The Muppets really take this photo to the next level.

DJ HITS 80: New Zealand stalwart DJ Forbes is a legendary personality and player on the world series and in Dubai he set the record for the most ever tournament appearances by a player, running out at his 80th tournament and even managing to bag a try.

FIJI ON SONG: As back-to-back world series champions and reigning Dubai champions, Fiji were expected to produce some big performances in Dubai and they did on day one, finishing as one of four unbeaten teams.

LAST GAST RUARIDH: Ruaridh McConnochie scored a thrilling try to help England past Scotland into the Cup quarter-finals. It was a bizarre ending to a match that had many onlookers confused. To find out what happened, head to our day two report.

BARRETT GOES BIG: While the USA failed to make the Cup quarter-finals in Dubai, they did go on to win the first Challenge Trophy of the series. USA beat Kenya in the semi-finals, 21-19, with Danny Barrett scoring the opening try.

WINNING START: South Africa kick started their HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2016-17 campaign with an emphatic 26-14 win over Fiji. They now head into the HSBC Cape Town Sevens as reigning champions and series leaders.