South Africa, New Zealand, Great Britain all cruise
Earlier, world No. 1 South Africa took an early 14-0 lead and never looked back in opening its Olympics with a 33-14 defeat of Ireland in men’s rugby pool play on Sunday.
The Pool C and tournament favorites got tries from five different athletes and Selvyn Davids hit on four-of-five conversion attempts in the win.
Argentina built a 24-0 halftime lead that shrank to five before a late Lautaro Bazan Velez try supplied the South Americans a 29-19 win over Australia
Fiji came back from a 19-12 deficit to surprise Japan 24-19, Waisea Nacuqu accounting for the final seven points.
Great Britain blanked Canada 24-0 and New Zealand hammered South Korea 50-5, four players recording nine or more points in the win.