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Aussies make winning start at Hong Kong Sevens

Henry Hutchison of Australia playing against South Africa at the Sydney Sevens in February.
Henry Hutchison of Australia playing against South Africa at the Sydney Sevens in February. PAUL MILLER

THE Hong Kong Sevens is off and running and Australia has made the perfect start, accounting for Samoa 22-19 in the opening match of the tournament.

Try-scoring machine Henry Hutchison, who has reportedly signed with the Melbourne Rebels for 2018, was Australia's go-to man, scoring a brace of tries.

Samoa scored two late tries to add some respectability to the scoreline, but Australia was never seriously threatened.

"The pool we are in, we knew that we have an opportunity there with a qualifying team in our pool," coach Andy Friend said following their opening win.

"We knew Samoa would come out strong and I think we played very well to beat them.

"What's important is that we don't take South Korea lightly.

"We need to respect them and come out and play our brand of football and build on our performance.

"We will look at England after that."

Hutchison scored the first try of the tournament, diving over just inside the right-hand touchlines.

Samoa Toloa hit back for the Samoans shortly after to give the Island nation a two-point lead.

But Boyd Killingworth's five-pointer on the stroke of half time saw Australia regain the lead and they never trailed from that point.

Hutchison opened the scoring in the second half, finishing off a swift backline movement which saw him dive in untouched.

John Porch, in his return from a serious injury, then added his name to the try-scoring list to cap off an impressive comeback.

Australia will play South Korea in their second match on Saturday, before finishing their group stage against England.

South Africa will play France, Canada and Kenya in Pool B, while Fiji and New Zealand are bracketed in a tough Pool C also including Wales and Japan.

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