Spain booked their spot in the Cup quarter-finals for only the second time in their history on day two at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.
Head coach Pablo Feijoo's side will face series leaders South Africa in the final eight on a sold-out Sunday in Hong Kong, their first Cup appearance since London in 2012. The Cup quarter-finals are as follows:
Fiji v Argentina - 10:58hrs (GMT+8)
South Africa v Spain - 11:20hrs
USA v New Zealand - 11:42
Kenya v Scotland - 12:07
“We are working well," said Spain captain Francisco Hernandez. "The Pool was very tough for us but to get into the Cup quarter-finals during the season makes us very happy."
The Challenge Trophy quarter-finals, that start Sunday’s order of play, will be Samoa v France, England v Australia, Wales v Russia and Canada v South Korea.
Fiji, chasing their fourth consecutive tournament win in Hong Kong, topped Pool A in style scoring 117 points during their three encounters.
After a day one 31-12 result over Samoa, they put six tries on the board against Russia to commence day two. Semi Kunatani scored a hat-trick during the match to set up a Pool decider with New Zealand to finish the day’s action.
A young All Blacks Sevens side flexed their muscles with their own six-try victory over Russia earlier in the day and a tighter 19-12 encounter against Samoa followed.
When the two sides met Gareth Baber's Fiji outfit raced into a 12-0 lead and New Zealand struck back ahead of the interval. After the break Fiji scored 38 unanswered points and sent out a crystal clear statement to the rest of the competition.
Spain carried their impressive day one form into the second day and booked a place in the Cup quarter-finals behind Pool B toppers Kenya.
Feijoo's outfit had their fate in their own hands going into their final game of the day, a meeting with Canada. The match was tense and tight however Spain's tactical vision, and use of the chip over the top, helped to secure victory. The decisive try was scored by Pol Pla.
Your Cup quarter-finals for the #HSBC7s here in Hong Kong. Some tasty line-ups, who are you supporting?— World Rugby Sevens (@WorldRugby7s) 7 April 2018
Follow it all on Sunday at 10:58hrs (GMT+8) on https://t.co/AVuB1ED0c2 pic.twitter.com/eJcWGeqkeb
Elsewhere in the Pool, Willy Ambaka scored his 100th HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series try on day one and continued to add to his tally on day two. Kenya prevailed over Spain but were toppled by a determined Australia outfit in a 54-point thriller, that included four minutes of extra time before the break.
Innocent Simiyu's team finished on the wrong side of the 28-26 result however, their superior points difference procured them top spot.
The pool went down to the wire with Scotland, England and South Africa all jostling for the two qualification places.
Series leaders South Africa, fresh off a 47-0 win on day one, met Scotland first and made it two from two. John Dalziel's side scored late in the first-half to poise the match at 14-10 however after the break the Blitzboks upped the ante.
England started their day by putting seven tries past South Korea and against the same opposition Scotland accumulated the highest points tally of the day 61-7.
The final, and pool determining, match was between the Blitzboks and England.
England knew that they needed to win by at least seven points to book a place in the quarter-finals while Scotland watched on. The lead constantly changed hands however Selvyn Davids' brace provided the catalyst for South Africa's 26-15 victory. As a result the Blitzboks took top spot and Scotland progressed into the last eight from second place.
In Pool D both Argentina and the USA were in the running for top spot going into the final round of action.
Argentina were unbeaten with victories over Wales and France while the USA had one dramatic 24-24 draw with France and one seven-try victory over Wales to their name.
In the deciding duel Perry Baker and Danny Barrett set the tone for the USA with first-half tries. Mike Friday’s side led 19-5 at the break before racing out to a 31-5 lead as Barrett secured a hat-trick. Santiago Gomez Cora’s team responded but the USA took the spoils 31-17 and as a result topped the pool.