New Zealand wins Gold Coast Sevens crown

 

From Tom Chick on Australia's Gold Coast

Debutant Ambrose Curtis scored two tries as New Zealand came from behind to win the 2013 Gold Coast Sevens, beating hosts Australia 40-19 in the final to get the defence of their HSBC Sevens World Series title off to a flying start.

Trailing 12-0, it looked as though New Zealand could be set for a third successive Cup final defeat at Skilled Park, but Curtis (2), Tomasi Cama, David Raikuna, Waisake Naholo and Joe Webber ensured the win against a tiring Australia.

The hosts were made to work hard in a breathless semi final, eventually coming out 24-19 victors thanks to a Jesse Parahi try deep into the second half of sudden-death extra time. 

In the semi finals Gordon Tietjens' side continued their impressive Gold Coast Sevens campaign by beating a spirited England 14-5 to book their place in the Cup final at the opening round of the Series. 

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England finished third after an impressive 47-0 win over South Africa with Phil Burgess, James Rodwell and Dan Bibby both scoring twice. Earlier Simon Amor's side had beaten former coach Ben Ryan's Fiji 26-12 in the quarter finals before Mike Ellery scored the first points of the weekend against New Zealand in their semi final defeat.

In their respective quarter-finals, last year's IRB Sevens Player of the Year Mikkelson scored a hat-trick for New Zealand in their 40-0 win against Samoa, before Australia beat Kenya 24-12 with Shannon Walker, Ed Jenkins, Sean McMahon and Nick Malouf scoring the tries.

Fiji win Plate

Having lost to former side England in the Cup quarter final, Ben Ryan guided his Fiji side to a Plate victory after beating Kenya 36-0 thanks to tries from Samisoni Virivri, Waisea Nacuqu, Benito Masilevu (2), Ilai Tinai and Sakiusa Nadruku. 

In the semi finals the two-time defending Gold Coast Sevens champions proved too strong for Samoa, winning 31-26 with five different player scoring. 

Sudden death triumph for France in Bowl

France ensured they maintained a 100% record on day two as Julien Saubade scored in sudden death extra time to win the Bowl.

Connor Braid had held his nerve to kick a last minute conversion to take the match into sudden death extra time after Sean Ferguson had crossed in the corner, but Saubade's try ensured France won in overtime for the second time in two matches.

Julien Candelon was on hand to secure a 17-12 win over Argentina in sudden death extra time in the second semi final, after Harry Jones' brace booked Canada's place in the final in a 19-14 victory over Scotland.

Shield success for Hawkins and USA

The USA beat Portugal 22-0 to lift the Shield final in Matt Hawkins' first tournament as head coach. Tries from Stephen Tomasin, Zack Test, Brett Thompson and Folau Niua ensured the USA took home some silverware from the Gold Coast Sevens. 

Earlier, Niua scored 16 points as USA beat Spain 26-7 in the first Shield semi final to set up the match with Portugal.

Day one highlights


AUSTRALIA SEVENS - FIXTURES AND RESULTS

Latest Results

45.13 Oct 2013 -  19:04  New Zealand40 - 19  AustraliaFinal Cup
44.13 Oct 2013 -  18:32  England47 - 0  South AfricaThird Place
43.13 Oct 2013 -  18:02  Fiji36 - 0  KenyaFinal Plate
42.13 Oct 2013 -  17:32  Canada14 - 19  FranceFinal Bowl
41.13 Oct 2013 -  17:02  United States22 - 0  PortugalFinal Shield
40.13 Oct 2013 -  16:20  Australia24 - 19  South AfricaSF Cup
39.13 Oct 2013 -  15:58  New Zealand14 - 5  EnglandSF Cup
38.13 Oct 2013 -  15:36  Kenya12 - 7  WalesSF Plate
37.13 Oct 2013 -  15:14  Samoa 26 - 31  FijiSF Plate
36.13 Oct 2013 -  14:42  Argentina12 - 17  FranceSF Bowl
35.13 Oct 2013 -  14:20  Scotland14 - 19  CanadaSF Bowl
34.13 Oct 2013 -  13:58  Tonga7 - 40  PortugalSF Shield
33.13 Oct 2013 -  13:36  United States26 - 7  SpainSF Shield
32.13 Oct 2013 -  13:04  South Africa28 - 21  WalesQF Cup
31.13 Oct 2013 -  12:42  Australia24 - 12  KenyaQF Cup
30.13 Oct 2013 -  12:20  Fiji12 - 26  EnglandQF Cup
29.13 Oct 2013 -  11:58  New Zealand40 - 0  Samoa QF Cup
28.13 Oct 2013 -  11:36  France26 - 14  PortugalQF Bowl
27.13 Oct 2013 -  11:14  Argentina17 - 12  TongaQF Bowl
26.13 Oct 2013 -  10:52  Canada29 - 5  SpainQF Bowl
25.13 Oct 2013 -  10:30  United States10 - 19  ScotlandQF Bowl
24.12 Oct 2013 -  19:46  Samoa 0 - 12  AustraliaPool D
23.12 Oct 2013 -  19:24  Fiji19 - 22  WalesPool C
22.12 Oct 2013 -  19:02  South Africa22 - 14  EnglandPool B
21.12 Oct 2013 -  18:40  New Zealand31 - 0  KenyaPool A
20.12 Oct 2013 -  18:08  Argentina21 - 19  ScotlandPool D
19.12 Oct 2013 -  17:46  Canada24 - 17  PortugalPool C
18.12 Oct 2013 -  17:24  France28 - 19  SpainPool B
17.12 Oct 2013 -  17:02  United States14 - 7  TongaPool A
16.12 Oct 2013 -  16:20  Australia22 - 7  ArgentinaPool D
15.12 Oct 2013 -  15:58  Samoa 19 - 12  ScotlandPool D
14.12 Oct 2013 -  15:36  Wales14 - 19  CanadaPool C
13.12 Oct 2013 -  15:14  Fiji38 - 0  PortugalPool C
12.12 Oct 2013 -  14:42  England26 - 12  FrancePool B
11.12 Oct 2013 -  14:20  South Africa38 - 7  SpainPool B
10.12 Oct 2013 -  13:58  Kenya31 - 5  United StatesPool A
9.12 Oct 2013 -  13:36  New Zealand26 - 0  TongaPool A
8.12 Oct 2013 -  13:04  Australia21 - 21  ScotlandPool D
7.12 Oct 2013 -  12:42  Samoa 26 - 7  ArgentinaPool D
6.12 Oct 2013 -  12:20  Wales33 - 14  PortugalPool C
5.12 Oct 2013 -  11:58  Fiji20 - 10  CanadaPool C
4.12 Oct 2013 -  11:36  England54 - 7  SpainPool B
3.12 Oct 2013 -  11:14  South Africa29 - 5  FrancePool B
2.12 Oct 2013 -  10:52  Kenya38 - 0  TongaPool A
1.12 Oct 2013 -  10:30  New Zealand38 - 0  United StatesPool A
Gold Coast Sevens

Round 1
12-13 October 2013

Venue: Skilled Park
City: Gold Coast
Capacity: 27,400 

 
Pools
Pool A
TeamPlayedPts
NZL39
KEN37
USA35
TON33
Pool B
TeamPlayedPts
RSA39
ENG37
FRA35
ESP33
Pool C
TeamPlayedPts
FIJ37
WAL37
CAN37
POR33
Pool D
TeamPlayedPts
AUS38
SAM37
ARG35
SCO34
more
Photos
  • Collins Injera's Twitter
  • Tom Mitchell, Gold Coast Sevens
  • IRB referees in training at Gold Coast Sevens