London Royals and Rhinos remained unbeaten on day one of the opening round of the World 10s Series played in Bermuda on Sunday.
Cape Town-based SX10 which has Kenya 7s stars Collins Injera, Andrew Amonde, Oscar Dennis, and Willy Ambaka were given a bye in the round, having been requested to isolate after an unnamed member of their team tested positive of COVID 19. SX10 are expected back for the second round should the rest of the squad remain negative as they have been.
Their absence saw only six teams take part in the tournament. London Royals which has the likes of World 7s Series all-time leading scorer Dan Norton, Tom Mitchell edged Ohio Aviators 11-10 in their final match to keep their winning run intact.
Earlier, they had beaten Asia Pacific Dragons 12-0 while their opening match against Miami Sun ended 23-6. Rhino’s also had an impressive run beating Asia Pacific Dragons 16-5, Ohio Aviators 12-0 and Phoenix 38-10 to keep their 100% run.
We've tinkered with the points and brought in…. (cue USA movie voice over man) Conversion Jeopardy!
— World Tens Series (@WorldTens) October 24, 2020
Phoenix failed to pick a win on the opening day. Miami Suns, Asian Pacific Dragons, Ohio Aviators won one game each. The final round of matches will be played on Monday.
- Fewer points for a penalty or drop goal (2 points)
- Kick after try conversion jeopardy (1-5 points) depending on which spot you convert from
- Shot clock for all kicks (45 seconds)
- Specialist kickers may be used (within 45 seconds)
- Captain’s Challenge for try (1 per match). Can only go back two phases
- Technical Time out 45 seconds
- 10 players per side, with rolling substitutions. 16 players in match squad
- No matches drawn, there will be a kicking shoot out if level at full time
- Yellow card = 2 minute in sin bin
- Red card = player sent off. Sent off player cannot return but can be replaced after four minutes of play
Day One results
Miami Sun 6-23 London Royals
Phoenix 0-26 Ohio Aviators
Asia Pacific Dragons 5-16 Rhinos
Ohio Aviators 0-12 Rhinos
Phoenix 0-32 Miami Sun
London Royals 12-0 Asia Pacific Dragons
Phoenix 10-38 Rhinos
Ohio Aviators 10-11 London Royals
Miami Sun 0-20 Asia Pacific Dragons
Rhinos v Miami Sun
Ohio Aviators v Asia Pacific Dragons
London Royals v Phoenix
Miami Sun v Ohio Aviators
Phoenix v Asia Pacific Dragons
Rhinos v London Royals