Werner Kok got on to the score-sheet against Japan on Saturday. Photo: Chris Ricco, BackpagePix
After their shock defeat at the hands of Scotland in their opening Pool A fixture, the HSBC Sevens World Series leaders South Africa managed to get the campaign back on track with a 35-5 victory over Japan on day one at the Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris on Saturday.

The Cecil Afrika-inspired Blitzboks lead 14-0 at halftime. 

The South Africans cantered in for three more converted tries in the second half, while Japan closed out the scoring in the match with an unconverted try in the final minute. 

Siviwe Soyizwapi, who scored against Scotland, dotted down twice against the Japanese, with Werner Kok and Afrika (2) also crossing the whitewash.

Later on Saturday, the Blitzboks round off their day-one action with their remaining pool game against Canada (6.42pm). It is a must-win game if coach Neil Powell and his team want to qualify for the Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

The Blitzboks could win the World Series title if they win the Paris Sevens.

African News Agency (ANA)

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