Wellington Sevens: As it happened

(IRB.COM) Friday 3 February 2012
 Wellington Sevens: As it happened
Fiji lost to New Zealand 24-7 in the Cup final of the 2012 Hertz Sevens

All the action as it happened from knock-out play at the Hertz Sevens in Wellington, round 4 of the HSBC Sevens World Series. All times are local.



21:54 - New Zealand retain their Wellington title, producing a performance full of steel and discipline in the driving rain to beat their closest rivals for the HSBC Sevens World Series Fiji 24-7 in the Cup Final.

21:40 - After the first 10 minutes New Zealand are looking very comfortable with a 24-0 lead at the break. 

21:38 - Frank Halai adds New Zealand's second and third tries in quick succession. 19-0

21:35 - First blood to New Zealand, DJ Forbes scoring under the posts. 7-0

21:30 - And we are off...

21:27 - Anticipation and excitement building, can New Zealand successfully defend their title on home soil?

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21:22 - Eight minutes to go until the Cup final. The crowd are on their feet, creating an unbelievable atmosphere ahead of the final match at the Westpac Stadium. 

21:17 - England defeat Samoa 21-12 to collect 17 Series points after this result in the third place play-off.

21:07 - Into the third place play-off and England currently lead Samoa 7-5 at the break. 

20:48 - South Africa collect 13 Series points after beating Tonga 24-0 in the final of the Plate. Two more matches to go here in Wellington. 

20:39 - South Africa take a 19-0 lead into the break against Tonga in the Plate final. 

20:16 - Brothers Collins Injera and Humphrey Kayange both score tries to give Kenya a 12-7 victory against Australia to lift the Bowl

20:07 - In the Bowl final, Kenya lead Australia 7-0 at half-time. The winner of this match will be only one of two teams, the other being the Cup winners, to have won all their matches on day two. 

19:46 - Scotland collect the first piece of silverware at the Hertz Sevens, beating the Cook Islands 19-17 in the Shield final

19:37 - Scotland take a 12-7 lead into the break of the Shield final against the Cook Islands.

19:14 - So the two current joint Series leaders will meet in the Cup final after Fiji's 28-5 victory against neighbours Samoa in Match 40

19:09 - Fiji take a 14-0 lead into the break against Pacific rivals Samoa. 

18:57 - And it is Frank Halai who storms across the line to the delight of the crowd at the Westpac. Great drama and that is why this is an Olympic sport. New Zealand 17-12 England in Match 39 and the hosts are through to the final.

18:54 - New Zealand draw the scores level with England reduced to six men for two minutes and we now enter sudden-death extra-time.

18:44 - England captain Greg Barden and Chris Cracknell score tries for England to give them a 12-0 lead at the break. 

18:37 - Following the fancy dress competition New Zealand and England are now in the middle of an enthralling first Cup semi-final.

18:17 - And Paul Treu's South Africa hold on to the lead, eventually beating Canada 21-19 in Match 38. Time for the Cup semis...

18:08 - South Africa lead Canada 14-7 at the break in the second Plate semi-final.

17:55 - And Tonga march into the Plate final thanks to a 15-7 victory against France in Match 37.

17:46 - Tonga lead 7-0 at half-time in their Plate semi-final against France.

17:34 - Australia are through to a re-match of their pool clash against Kenya in the Bowl final after they beat Argentina 24-12 in Match 36 at the Westpac.

17:25 - Australia and Argentina are tied at 7-7 at half time in their Bowl semi-final.

17:14 - Kenya book their place in the Bowl final with a hard-fought 17-7 win against Wales in Match 35. They'll play either Australia or Argentina in that final.

16:49 - The Cook Islands book their place in the Shield final with a 17-10 victory against Japan in Match 34

16:39 - The Cook Islands lead Japan 12-5 at the break in the second Shield semi-final.

16:28 - Despite two second-half tries from Roland Suniula, Scotland hold on to beat USA 14-12 in Match 33 and move into the Shield final. 

16:18 - Scotland lead USA 14-0 at half-time in their Shield semi-final

16:00 - Fiji become the fourth and final side through to the Cup semi-finals after beating South Africa 21-5 in Match 32

15:49 - The third match of the day to head into half-time at 0-0, as South Africa and Fiji put on an entertaining first seven for the crowd at the Westpac. 

15:38 - Samoa's Lolo Lui lands a penalty to clinch victory against Canada and progress to the semi-finals in Match 31

15:36 - So we are heading into sudden-death extra-time in the third quarter-final as Canada level the scores at 12-12 with an exceptional conversion from Nathan Hirayama. 

15:24 - 2009/10 Series champions Samoa look favourite to progress to the Cup semi-finals leading Canada 12-0 at half-time. 

15:12 - England record a 26-7 victory against Tonga in Match 30 to set up a Cup semi-final with New Zealand. 

15:03 - Dan Norton, Mat Turner and captain Greg Barden score a try each to give England a 19-0 lead against Tonga after the first seven minutes. 

14:51 - The hosts book their place in the Cup semi-finals, as New Zealand beat France 22-7 in Match 29

14:40 - First blood to France but New Zealand hit back with three tries to take a 17-7 lead into half-time.

14:32 - The first Cup quarter-final between the hosts and France gets underway...

14:25 - Argentina defeat the Cook Islands 28-0 in the fourth Bowl quarter-final, Match 28.

14:12 - Nicolas Bruzzone scores the only try of the first-half as Argentina take a 7-0 lead into the break against the Cooks. 

14:03 - Australia are the third side through to the Bowl semi-finals with a 33-5 victory against Japan in Match 27

13:52 - Australia lead Japan 12-5 at half-time in the third Bowl quarter-final. 

13:40 - Wales join Kenya in the Bowl semi-finals, after beating USA 10-0 in Match 26

13:30 - Another 0-0  half-time score, this time between USA and Wales. 

13:17 - Kenya progress to the Bowl semi-finals with a 14-5 victory against Scotland in Match 25

13:08 - A slow start in match one with cloudy conditions and misty rain. Kenya 0-0 Scotland at half-time. 

13:00 - And the action begin...

12:57 - Three minutes to the start of day two, the business end of the tournament, with four trophies on offer!

12:35 - Crowd starting to filter in at the Westpac Stadium, Scotland and Kenya doing their warm-up.

12:14 - The first Cup quarter-final is at 14:33 when hosts New Zealand take on France. 

12:10 - Less than one hour to go until the four Bowl quarter-finals. First up is Scotland v Kenya.

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Day one: As it happened...

22:13 - New Zealand end day one as Pool A winners after a 19-7 victory against Samoa in Match 24.

22:03 - In the final match of day one hosts New Zealand lead Samoa 12-0 at half-time.

21:52 - No scores in the second seven minutes meaning Match 23 ends 10-10 and France finish as Pool D runners-up whilst Australia finish third. 

21:42 - In the day's penultimate match Australia and France are 10-10 at half-time. The winner of this match will progress to the Cup quarters whilst the Bowl awaits the loser...

21:28 - Osea Kolinisau is among the scorers as Fiji beat Wales 17-0 in Match 22 to qualify for the Cup quarters second in Pool C, behind Tonga.

21:18 - Fiji lead Wales 12-0 at half time with only the winner able to advance to the Cup quarters alongside Tonga.

21:07 - South Africa come from behind to beat England 14-10 in Match 21 with second half tries from Branco du Preez and Mark Richards, and top Pool B.

20:58 - In the Pool B decider England have a slender 5-0 at half-time

20:47 - Scotland score a further 19 points to beat Japan 55-0 in Match 20, but both sides will still enter the Bowl competition on day two.

20:37 - Graham Shiel's Scotland storm into a 31-0 lead against Japan after the first seven minutes. 

20:30 - After a short break for the teams to take part in the parade, Scotland now face Japan

19:56 - Second half tries from Nanyak Dala and Conor Trainor ensure Canada reverse the result and record a 21-14 victory against Kenya in Match 19.

19:46 - Kenya lead Canada 14-7 in their crucial final pool match.

19:31 - Tonga have confirmed their place in the Cup quarter-finals after a 24-14 victory against Argentina in Match 18, ensuring they end day one unbeaten.

19:21 - Tonga lead Argentina 12-7 at half-time, and if they hold on to the lead they will book their place in the quarter-finals...

19:11 - The Cooks come from behind to clinch a brilliant win thanks to Jerome Vogel's try against disappointed USA, 26-22, in Match 17.

19:00 - USA lead Cooks 17-12 at half time in another breathless match.

18:49 - Samoa snatch a 21-14 victory against Scotland in Match 16,

18:38 - Yet another thriller. Scotland and Samoa go into half-time tied at 7-7. 

18:26 - And the defending champions New Zealand add a further 28 points to record a 54-0 victory against Japan in Match 15 to the delight of the home crowd. 

18:15 - Hosts New Zealand storm into a 26-0 lead at half-time against Japan.

18:03 - All four teams in Pool D have now won one and lost one after Australia defeat Canada in Match 14.

17:55 -  Half-time in the match between Canada and Australia and it is 7-7. Pool D is too close to call at the moment

17:41 - France hold on to their narrow lead and beat Kenya 26-17 in Pool D and Match 13.

17:31 - France edging Kenya 12-5 at half-time in a tight contest after Vincent Deniau scored twice...

17:22 - Nine points from Alex Walker is enough to help Wales to a 19-7 victory against Argentina in Match 12 - half way through day one. Argentina will now enter the Bowl competition having lost both of their opening two matches. 

17:10 -
After drawing with Tonga in their opening match Wales take a 12-0 lead into the break against Los Pumas.

16:58 - Tonga have caused a major shock on day one, beating current Series leaders Fiji 17-14 in Match 11.

16:44 - Fiji and Tonga are in the middle of a Pacific Island battle at the westpac, but it is the latter who score a try on the stroke of half-time to lead 10-7  at the break.

16:36 - Match 10 ends with England's Tom Mitchell scoring their fifth try in a 29-0 victory against USA.

16:26 - England on course to join South Africa and maintain their 100% record as they lead 12-0 against USA.

16:13 - A double from Cornal Hendricks and 11 points from Cecil Afrika in Match 9 ensure South Africa record a 43-0 victory against the Cooks and maintain their 100% record.

16:04 - South Africa looking good for a second win, leading the Cook Islands 19-0 after the first seven.

15:52 - The 2009/10 Series champions Samoa manage to secure a 29-14 victory against Japan thanks to two tries from Lolo Lui in Match 8, as the first round of pool matches comes to its conclusion.

15:41 - Japan score after the buzzer has sounded to take a 14-10 lead into half-time against 2009/10 Series champions Samoa. Yet another enthralling encounter here in Wellington.

15:30 - And they are back on their feet as New Zealand captain DJ Forbes scores a hat-trick to secure a 29-7 victory against Scotland. The hosts' title defence has begun following Match 7.

15:19 - The crowd is silenced as Scotland end the first half 7-0 up against the hosts. They have never beaten New Zealand in Sevens...

15:10 - Injera and Sidney Ashioya both add their second tries for Kenya in the second half and secure a 35-10 victory against Australia in Match 6. Next up is the hosts..

14:58 - Kenya lead Australia 14-10 at half-time. Collins Injera scored his 125th career try on his return to the side...

14:45 - France draw the scores level but it is Canada's Ciaran Hearn who secures a 19-14 victory for Geraint John's side in Match 5

14:35 - Canada take a 14-7 lead into the break against Dubai Sevens runners-up France.

14:24 - Match 4 ends as a draw. Thrilling encounter between Wales and Tonga which the crowd loved!

14:22 - Still nothing between these two sides, 14-14...

14:14 - All square between Wales and Tonga as they are tied 7-7 after the first seven minutes.

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14:00 - The joint Series leaders Fiji impressively beat Los Pumas 31-0 including 11 points from Kolinisau to top Pool C in Match 3. Next Wales v Tonga.

13:52 - ..and take a 14-0 lead into the break after a wonderful try from Osea Kolinisau.

13:44 - Fiji get their match against Argentina underway...

13:38 - No repeat of the defeat suffered in 2009 as England score two more tries to win 27-12 in Match 2.

13:29 - Mat Turner scores his 16th try of the Series as England lead the Cooks 17-0 at half-time.

13:17 - South Africa run out 21-0 winners against USA thanks to two tries from Cecil Afrika in Match 1 to go top of Pool A after the first match of the day. Next up England v Cook Islands...

13:08 - Despite a strong start by the Eagles, South Africa lead 14-0 at the break.

13:00 - South Africa and USA kick off in match one at the Hertz Sevens as the crowd starts to seep in at the Westpac.

12:50 - 10 minutes to go until the start of play here at the Westpac.

Wellington, New Zealand

Round 4
6-7 February 2015
Venue: Westpac Stadium
City: Wellington
Capacity: 36,000

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Pool B
Pool C
Pool D
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