Brisbane Global Rugby Tens opens with a bang

Honours shared between Waratahs, Wild Knights and Blues

International bragging rights remain up for grabs after the first dazzling sequence of games at the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens at Suncorp Stadium.

The Waratahs were the first Australian Super Rugby outfit to post a win after turning on the afterburners against Ben Mowen’s Pau.

Youngster Mack Mason turned in a slick performance as he targets the Waratahs’ flyhalf role, having a hand in everything as his side notched a 31-10 win against the French side.

His deft right-footed grubber for Jake Gordon’s first half try put the Waratahs out of reach, while the playmaker looked confident with every touch.

“We’re really happy with the way we started,” said Waratahs flyer Cam Clark.

Japan’s Wild Knights had earlier opened the two-day tournament with a thrilling 19-17 win against the Melbourne Rebels.

Yoshikazu Fujita scored a last-minute try to secure the win.

Earlier, the Rebels had control of the match after two tries to forward Sama Malolo.

The Wild Knights clawed back from behind despite losing their Australian forward Daniel Heenan to a leg injury.

Home side the Reds suffered a disappointing opening to their campaign when they were downed 29-7 by the Blues from Auckland.

Melani Nanai scored a double against a Queensland outfit that struggled to capitalize on their opportunities.

 

 

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