London Sevens: As it happened

(IRB.COM) Sunday 13 May 2012
 London Sevens: As it happened
Fiji beat Samoa to lift the Marriott London Sevens Cup

Text commentary from day two at the 2012 Marriott London Sevens, the ninth and final round of the 2011/12 HSBC Sevens World Series.


19:35 - iZacK ‏ on Twitter: "Watching Fiji play sevens is like watching Brazil play football #LondonSevens" 

19:34 - CustomBlackOutBlinds ‏ on Twitter: "What a fantastic day at HSBC sevens, twickers! Such good fun in the sun :b"

19:25 - Official RFU on Twitter: "If you came to the #london7s u were part of a record 103,027 crowd. New record for an HSBC Sevens World Series weekend"

19:21 - Fiji are the London Sevens champions! They produce some trademark scintillating rugby in the second half to defeat Samoa 38-15. 

19:08 - A pulsating first half ends with Fiji crossing for their third try to lead 17-10 against neighbours Samoa in the Cup final.

18:50 - Fiji v Samoa in the Cup final, and it's next! 

18:47 - New Zealand celebrate their 10th World Series title by beating Argentina 40-0 in the third place play-off

18:20 - Australia win the Plate after a 14-12 victory against Ben Ryan's England. 

18:10 - Hosts England and Australia are tied 7-7 at the break in the Plate final.

17:50 - Paul John's side end the Series on a high with a 27-5 victory against Scotland in the Bowl final

17:40 - Wales lead Scotland 7-5 at half time. Who will win the Bowl?

17:22 - France beat USA 19-12 in the Shield final

17:11 -  USA and France tied 12-12 at half time in the Shield final.

17:02 - So England win their second IRB Women's Sevens Challenge Cup, beating the Netherlands in the final. Shield final next...

16:43 - A record two-day Sevens crowd at Twickenham, 103,027

16:23 - Samoa will face Fiji in the Cup final after beating Argentina 21-19 in Match 40.

16:12 - Samoa lead Argentina 14-0 in the second semi. 

16:01 - Fiji book their place in the Cup final at the London Sevens with a 31-7 victory against World Series champions New Zealand in the first semi. 

15:49 - Fiji look intent on spoiling New Zealand's party and lead 12-0 at half time of the first Cup semi final. 

15:37 - Australia overturn a half time deficit to beat Spain 17-12 in Match 38

15:27 - Spain lead Australia 12-5 at half time in the second Plate semi final. 

15:17 - Mat Turner sores with the last play of the match and Tom Mitchell converts to give England a 17-15 victory against South Africa in Match 37

15:07 - South Africa are leading England 10-5 in the Plate semi final. 

14:44 - Scotland beat Zimbabwe in Match 36 to reach the Bowl final. 

14:22 - Wales snatch a late 28-26 victory against Portugal in Match 35

14:13 - Portugal and Wales tied 14-14 at half time in the Bowl semi final. 

14:02 - France reach the Shield final after a 17-14 victory against Kenya in Match 34

13:52 - France lead Kenya 12-0 at half time in the second Shield final. 

13:40 - And USA beat Russia 38-12 thanks to two tries from Nick Edwards in Match 33

13:30 - In the Shield semi final, USA lead Russia 19-12 at half time. 

13:25 - The women's semi finals have just finished on the main pitch at Twickenham, with England set to face the Netherlands in the final. 

12:22 - Samoa have a Tom Iosefo brace to thank in their 22-7 victory against Spain in Match 32

12:12 - Samoa lead Spain 10-7 at half time. 

12:02 - A rare scoreless second half means Argentina enter the Cup semis for the second time this season after beating Australia 12-7 in Match 31

11:51 - Los Pumas lead Tokyo Sevens champions Australia 12-7 at half time. 

11:44 - Hosts England lose to Fiji 21-14 after buzzer has sounded in Match 30

11:28 - Toby Arnold on Twitter: "Congrats boys! Awesome way to clinch the world series! #NZ7s @CPiutau @Jackwilson27 @Jackman_8"

11:19 - New Zealand impressively beat South Africa 36-0 in the first Cup quarter final, a victory that hands them a 10th World Series title. 

11:07 - New Zealand look set to clinch their 10th World Series already, leading South Africa 19-0 at half time. 

10:56 - Up next, New Zealand face South Africa in the first Cup quarter final. A victory for Gordon Tietjens' side will give them their 10th World Series title 

10:54 - Zimbabwe edge France 19-17 in Match 28 to complete the Bowl and Shield semi finals. 

10:44 - France, the 2011 Dubai Sevens Cup runners-up lead Zimbabwe 10-5 in the fourth and final Bowl quarter final. 

10:31 - Scotland beat USA 21-5 in Match 27

10:21 - A conversion proves the difference as Scotland lead Kenya 7-5 after the first seven minutes. 

10:10 - But reigning RWC Sevens champions Wales reach the Bowl semis with a 28-19 win over USA in Match 26

10:00 - Another match locked at half time, this time Wales tied with USA 14-14. 

09:48 - Portgual beat Russia 24-17 in Match 25, to book their place in the Bowl semi finals. 

09:38 - Enthralling first half ends with Portugal and Russia tied at 12-12. 

09:29 - Teams are out. Here we go...

09:13 - 17 minutes to go until the final day of the 2011/12 Series. This is the ninth round, will we see a sixth different Cup winner?

09:00 - Fans of the Facebook page can also vote on who they think should win the IRB Sevens Player of the Year 2012 from the nominees - Tomasi Cama, Frank Halai and Tomasi Cama. Voting closes at 12:00 (GMT). 

08:55 - Don't forget you can have your say on Twitter either @irbsevens or #london7s and we will retweet the best!

08:49 - Hosts England will face Fiji in their Cup quarter final, having lost to Samoa at the end of day one. 

08:35 - If New Zealand beat South Africa in their quarter final they will be crowned 2011/12 World Series champions and claim their 10th title. 

08:28 - We have arrived at Twickenham, just over an hour away from the first match of day two, Russia v Portugal. 

Day one: As it happened! 

19:54 - Join us on Sunday 13 May for the second day at the Marriott Sevens, the final climax to the HSBC Sevens World Series!

19:48 - Samoa produce a strong display to beat hosts England 14-7 in the final match of day one and top their pool.

19:36 - Samoa hit form and lead England 14-0 at half time in the final match of the day.

19:26 - New Zealand clawed back their third match, scoring three unanswered second half tries through DJ Forbes, Mark Jackman and Joe Webber to beat Argentina 15-10 in Match 23.

Video: Day one highlights

19:13 - Argentina lead New Zealand 10-0 at the interval of the day's penultimate match...

19:02 - Captain Ed Jenkins' last minute try and Allan Fa'alava'au's decisive conversion gave Australia a 19-17 victory against South Africa in Match 22

18:52 - Tokyo Sevens champions Australia lead defending London Sevens champions South Africa 12-5 at the break.

18:41 - Fiji top Pool C after beating reigning RWC Sevens champions Wales 43-7 in Match 21.  

18:30 - Fiji lead Wales 19-7 at half time in the final Pool C match of day one. 

18:07 - France beat USA 19-15 in Match 20. Four big matches to go here at Twickenham, with a crowd exceeding 60,000.

17:57 - France lead USA 12-5 at half time. 

17:47 - Russia fight back from 19-7 down to record an eventual 21-19 victory against Kenya in Match 19

17:35 - Kenya hold a narrow 12-7 against Russia. 

17:24 - But Scotland hit back with three second half tries to win 26-12 against Portugal in Match 18

17:15 - Portugal lead Scotland 12-7 at half time. 

17:02 - Spain make it two wins from three as they beat Zimbabwe 38-0 in Match 17

16:52 - Spain look set to record their second victory on day one as they currently lead Zimbabwe 10-0 at half time. 

16:39 - Samoa fend off a French comeback and defeat Les Bleus 26-19 in Match 16

16:18 - Dan Norton scores his 37th try of the season to give England a 15-5 victory against USA in Match 15

16:08 - Sam Edgerley scores on the stroke of half time to give England a 10-5 lead against USA. 

15:55 - Hosts England up next...

15:44 - Argentina score one more try and beat Russia 24-14 in Match 14.

15:34 - Argentina hold a 17-7 lead against Russia at half time. 

15:22 - New Zealand beat Kenya 24-0 in Match 13, as captain DJ Forbes also crosses for his 100th World Series try in his 51st tournament.  

15:12 - Tomasi Cama scores on the stroke of half time to give New Zealand a 12-0 lead at half time. 

15:01 - Defending champions South Africa maintain their 100% record too with a 20-5 victory against Scotland in Match 12

14:40 - And the Tokyo Sevens champions score one further try to beat Portugal 26-5 in Match 11

14:30 - Australia lead Portugal 19-5 at half time. 

14:15 - Spain cause an upset on day one, beating reigning RWC Sevens champions Wales 22-7 in Match 10

14:05 - Spain, who impressed in their opening match with Fiji, put in a strong first half against Wales and hold a 17-0 lead at the break. 

13:53 - Fiji make it two wins from two as they beat Zimbabwe 29-0 in Match 9 with Joeli Lutumailagi scoring two second half tries.

13:43 - After a short break following the opening round of pool matches, Fiji lead Zimbabwe 19-0 at the interval. 

13:21 - Despite come from 17-0 behind to tie the scores at 17-17 USA were unable to take the lead as Samoa ran out eventual winners 31-17 in Match 8

13:11 - USA Sevens champions Samoa lead USA 17-12 at the break in the eighth match of day one, the final match of the first round of pool action. 

12:59 - Hosts England get off to a strong start, beating France 28-0 in Match 7

12:38 - Argentina hold on to a narrow 14-12 victory against Kenya in Match 6.  

12:28 - Los Pumas lead Kenya 14-0 after the opening seven minutes in their Pool A match. 

12:17 - Frank Halai scores twice to take his season try tally to 30 as the reigning World Series champions New Zealand beat Russia 49-7 in Match 5.

12:08 - New Zealand's Tomasi Cama scores 13 points (one try and four conversions) to help his side to a 28-0 lead against RWC Sevens 2013 hosts Russia. 

11:54 - Jamba Ulengo and Steven Hunt both score twice to help the defending champions South Africa defeat Portugal 41-0 in Match 4

11:44 - South Africa lead Portugal 24-0 at the break. 

11:32 - Captain Ed Jenkins and Damon Anderson both score twice as Australia beat Scotland 27-12 in Match 3

11:22 - Tokyo Sevens champions Australia lead last weekend's hosts Scotland 22-0 at half time. 

11:11 - Dan Fish scores the winning try for Wales in their 19-12 victory against Zimbabwe in Match 2

11:00 - Wales' Richard Smith and Adam Thomas score to give Paul John's side a 12-7 lead against the Cheetahs.

10:51 - Next up, reigning Rugby World Cup Sevens champions Wales face Zimbabwe. 

10:48 - Fiji beat Spain 19-5 in Match 1.

10:38 - Jimilai Naikadawa scores the first try of the 2012 Marriott London Sevens and gives Fiji a 12-0 lead against Spain. 

10:30 - Teams are out and we are underway. 

10:25 - Fiji v Spain just five minutes away!

10:00 - Thirty minutes to go until we begin at Twickenham, and the crowds are already starting to arrive! You can also vote for who you think should win the IRB Sevens Player of the Year 2012 award from the three nominees - Tomasi Cama, Frank Halai and Mat Turner - on the Facebook page.

09:50 - For you last chance to have your say this season, you can tweet us @irbsevens, or join the official Facebook page ( 

09:45 - There are 24 matches on day one, beginning with Fiji v Spain at 10:30. 

09:38 - Chris Cracknell on Twitter: "Nice quote sent to me by one of my mates this morning. 'To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.' #London7s."

09:35 - New Zealand are 11 points clear in the overall standings and favourites to win having claimed three Cup titles this season. Fiji are second with two Cup victories under their belts, whilst England, Samoa and Australia all have one Cup title each.

09:30 - The 2012 Marriott London Sevens takes place this weekend - the ninth and final round of an enthralling season.

Sevens serves up on centre court

London Sevens

Round 9
16-17 May 2015
Venue: Twickenham
City: London
Capacity: 82,000

Pool A
Pool B
Pool C
Pool D
  • LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: The New Zealand team perform a Haka in front of the two trophies during Th
  • New Zealand celebrate
  • Jamba Ulengo