THE Digicel Fiji sevens team started its Gold Coast Sevens title defence campaign with a 20-10 victory over Canada and coach Ben Ryan was happy with how the players performed.
The Osea Kolinisau-captained side scored four tries to two and Ryan said it was good to start with a win.
"It's always good to have a win in your first game," he said.
"Canada was a good side and I believe they will give the other teams in our pool a tough challenge."
An area of the game which the former England coach was happy with was the kick-offs.
"What I was really pleased with was our kick-offs which was one area we wanted to improve on before this tournament.
"We only did small amount of practice in this area but you can see it's making a difference.
Fiji made five kick-offs during the game, winning three and losing two while they managed to steal two kick-offs made by Canada.
"We defended for too long on some occasions putting too many people in the breakdown and we just didn't communicate," Ryan said.
"So we have a few things to work on but the first games are always tough and it's great to score some points."
Debutante Waisea Nacuqu scored Fiji's opening try followed by two from Ilai Tinai.