- Cup final: Fiji defeat New Zealand 32-14 to defend their Gold Sevens title in a repeat of last year's final
- Plate final:Argentina beat France 14-7
- Bowl final: Spain defeat England 19-14
- Shield final: Scotland defeat USA 40-5
New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens on the performance of his young squad in the final: “We didn’t play particularly well. We had to get combinations together, players that had just come back from 15s and my three specialist guys. Those seven young guys playing for first time in the New Zealand jersey it’s a real experience against a pretty good Fiji team. It was awesome for them and they’ll never forget that. You learn from your mistakes and that’s how you grow as a great sevens player.”
On his sides chances going into the final: “I honestly felt going into the final we were up against it. We were up against a very good side that played particularly well all weekend. They lost one game to Australia yesterday, a very good Australian team as well. In saying that I thought coming into the tournament if we made the top four I’d be really happy, then we made that and into the top two I was even happier and you are in with a chance."
"We went in with some self belief thinking, yeah we can win this. We were ahead for a while but that amount of pressure and that amount of experience and the great sevens players that they’ve got they were always going to be hard to hold out, They were just two good and no excuses whatsover."
Fiji's Joji Raqamate on being announced player of the tournament: “I got a shock when I was announced best player but I take it up to the lord thank you very much for everything you have done for us. Especially the new boys they pulled up their socks and cane to this level of rugby and I thank the lord for that.”
On back-to-back titles on the Gold Coast: “This is the first time for us to go back-to-back and retain the title again. It was a hard effort and I take my hat off to the boys.”
Congrats Fiji on taking out the #GoldCoast7s by defeating arch rivals NZ in the Final. Now onto Dubai.— Shane Anderson (@Shane Anderson) 14/10/2012 11:56
Fiji's Raqamate puts a full stop on proceedings with a try on the bell to seal the Cup for Fiji 32-14.
New Zealand score through Kylem O'Donnell but it seems all too little too late at 27-14.
Swarming Fiji defence has New Zealand on the back foot inside their own 22.
Just over three minutes remaining and it's still Fiji 27-7 over New Zealand.
Fiji turning it on with style #DifferentClass #GoldCoast7s— Rob Duchesne (@Rob Duchesne) 14/10/2012 11:25
Fiji in again to lead 27-7
Raitini of Fiji scores a scintillating try for his third and Fiji extend their lead to 22-7.
Raitini crosses for his second try of the match and Fiji lead 17-7 at the break.
Fiji run the length of the field pulled up just short by some last ditch defence before Botia crosses for a converted try to lead 12-7.
Strong defence from Fji hold out New Zealand inside the Fiji 22.
Something is missing in this NZ side.. Oh its the Beards! #GoldCoast7s— Poghie Ndonga (@Poghie Ndonga) 14/10/2012 11:12
Conversion successful and New Zealand lead 7-5.
Great response from New Zealand's Tim Mikkelson streaking over 30 metres to score.
Try to Fiji's Raqamate in the opening minutes after quick ball to the right flank 5-0 Fiji.
I love NZ but I'm cheering for Fiji!! #grandfinal #GoldCoast7s— ashleigh rose (@ashleigh rose) 14/10/2012 11:07
Wonderful renditions of the national anthems of Fiji and New Zealand as they lined up side by side.
Kenya and South Africa receive warm applause from the crowd on their lap of honour but the loudest cheers are for Fiji and New Zealand as they enter the pitch for the final.
FOURTH IN THE WORLD is a great place to start. FT Kenya 7 - 41 SA. #Goldcoast7s— Aruné Ngare (@Aruné Ngare) 14/10/2012 10:51
South Africa score two second half tries to Kenya's one for a 41-7 win in the play off for 3rd place. Up next Fiji versus New Zealand in the Cup final.
Whatever the score after this game...... WE ARE PROUD of OUR BOYS! The best start ever!!! #Kenyan7s #Goldcoast7s— Mkulima wa Mahindi (@Mkulima wa Mahindi) 14/10/2012 10:45
Frankie Horne posts South Africa's fourth try of the half to build a commanding 22-0 lead at the break.
Hendricks in for his second as South Africa extend their lead 17-0.
South Africa are first to score in the play off for 3rd place through Cornal Hendricks followed by a second to Paul Delport to lead 12-0 after four minutes.
Onto th crowd pullers, hype makers, everyone's favorite 1 n only #TEAMKENYA7S do us proud agnst #SA for the #3rdPlace #GoldCoast7s kyaaaman!— George Ombeo (@George Ombeo) 14/10/2012 10:23
Just two matches remain as the sun sets on a magnificent Gold Coast Sevens for 2012. First up is the 3rd Place Playoff between Kenya and South Africa followed by the big one - Fiji versus New Zealand.
Argentina beat France 14-7 in the Plate final after a very impressive tournament, winning over many new fans along the way.
I dunno if anyone noticed but Argentina played really well in this tournament #GoldCoast7s— Lex Luthor (@Lex Luthor) 14/10/2012 10:09
A very physical encounter in the Plate Final with Argentina leading France 14-0 after posting two converted tries.
England coach Ben Ryan on his team's high attrition rate: "We have been hit pretty drastically by injuries, so it is like London buses, quite a few come along at the same time and that is what happened today."
On the developing rivalry between England and Spain: "I really like the way Spain play. Good side, deserve to be a core team. Tiki is a great coach and it is great for them."
On his team's overall performance at the tournament: "We are only fractions away, we should have put Kenya away but that draw put us in the Bowl and from there we were pretty disappointed. We don't want to be in Bowls, we want to be at the top of the Series. We think have the team and squad to do that. It is a marathon, we need to lick our wounds, get on a plane home and get ready for Dubai."
Spain getting a rousing reception from the crowd on their lap of honour as Argentina cross for the first try in the Plate final over France.
Spectacular finals, Come on Argentina!!!! #GoldCoast7s— Toni Woodcock (@Toni Woodcock) 14/10/2012 10:02
Spain get revenge over England with a win in the Bowl final with a try in extra time to Matias Tudela 19-14.
Sudden death extra time after the scores are locked at 14-14. Second half tries to James Rodwell for England, while Ignacio Martin crossed for Spain.
14-14 in the Bowl final.
A very vocal crowd of 27,988 over the two days of the Gold Coast Sevens.
A close encounter in the Bowl final, just one converted try apiece in the first stanza for 7-7
England and Spain underway in the Bowl final, should be a good one after their close encounter in Pool C.
Following the action live from Sweden #GoldCoast7s— Andreas Gunnarsson (@Andreas Gunnarsson) 14/10/2012 09:32
"We just weren't there mentall" - Shannon Walker of Qantas Men's #Sevens talks to #MyRugbyTV http://t.co/Fho9GgWG #GoldCoast7s— Gold Coast 7s (@Gold Coast 7s) 14/10/2012 09:28
waking up to some great news from #GoldCoast7s !! Hoping that gone are days we aimed for a bowl final #Kenya7s— Marto Maina (@Marto Maina) 14/10/2012 09:27
James Fleming joins Fedo in posting a hat-trick with two second half tries giving Scotland a 40-5 win over USA in the Shield Final.
USA flyer Carlin Isles has a PB of 10.13 for the 100 metres but hasn't seen much ball as yet in the Shield final.
Scotland lead USA 26-0 at the break, following a Michael Fedo hat-trick and try to James Fleming.
The Finals are about to get underway, the first is the Shield final between Scotland and USA.
Kenya coach Mike Friday after his side's loss to New Zealand in the Cup semi: "We were up against a very wise New Zealand team, and it was a hell of a contest I thought. We matched them toe to toe, we had a couple of opportunities and sometimes the rub of the green doesn't go your way. As I said from the outset we are on a journey, we have outperformed massively."
New Zealand 15-5 Kenya
Heeeey, #TeamKenya... Whoop, whoop, whoop em Gangnam Style! #GoldCoast7s— Reddo Dush (@Reddo Dush) 14/10/2012 08:37
Tim Mikkelson bumps off three defenders to cross for New Zealand's third try, again the conversion goes astray but New Zealand lead 15-5 with less than three minutes remaining.
Great team try to New Zealand, Gareth William-Spiers finishing the sweeping movement off in the corner to lead 10-5.
Oscar Ouma responds for Kenya on the verge of half time to lock it up 5-5, after scorching down the left touch line.
New Zealand first to score in the Cup semi Tuatagaloa picking the ball up from the back of the ruck and racing over the line for a 5-0 lead with two minutes remaining in the half.
New Zealand vs Kenya ! Now this is gunna be good . #sevens #goldcoast7s— MR rugby (@MR rugby) 14/10/2012 08:21
Brilliant! @fijirugby storm into the final of #GoldCoast7s RT @IRBSevens FT:Game 39 #7RSA 10-21 #7FIJ #sevens— Oceania Rugby (@Oceania Rugby) 14/10/2012 08:20
New Zealand about to face off against Kenya in the second Cup semi final, a place in the final against Fiji is at stake.
A converted try to Ilai Tinai on the bell secures a spot in the Cup final for Fiji with a 21-10 victory.
A penalty drop goal to South Africa to trail 14-10 with less than two minutes remaining.
Australia coach Michael O'Connor on the loss to Argentina in the Plate semi final: "Full credit to Argentina, they didn't give up they fought all the way and we just showed an inability today to close our games."
On his his team's performance: "There were some good individual performances, Sean McMahon, Pama Fou was good in that game. Matt Lucas' kicks, Jess Parahi has been strong, but it is about putting it all together and getting some consistency there."
On playing the opening round of the series on home soil: "Really appreciate playing in front of a home crowd with a bit of support, we don't get that very often so it is good."
Arguably the try of the tournament as Fiji's Raqamate races the length of the field after good support play from Tinai teases the South Africa defence to take the lead on the stroke of half time.
IRB Sevens Player of the Year 2011 Cecil Afrika hits back impressively for South Africa and Branco du Preez adds the conversion. 7-7
Fiji take the early lead in the first Cup semi final, Ulaiyasi Tavucuilagi scoring the opening try.
Heart break again for #Australia as #Argentina score the winning try on the final play scores #Goldcoast7s #Argentina 17 - 14 #Australia— Bernard Ndong (@Bernard Ndong ) 14/10/2012 07:54
Fou added his second try of the match to give Australia the lead but Santiago Cordero ran 60 metres to score the winning try inflicting another last-gasp defeat for the hosts.
Australia hit back with a try to Pama Fou, continuing his good form in the tournament but the hosts trail 12-7 with four minutes to play.
Argentina upset the party mood leading 12-0 at the break in their Plate semi final against Australia after tries to Bonilla and Luna.
The crowd at Skilled Park get behind their team as they run on the pitch to take on Argentina in the second Plate semi. Winner takes on France in the Plate final.
A try each in the second half but France proved too strong for Samoa running out 21-7 winners and move through to the Plate final.
Former Wallaby captain George Gregan on the Gold Coast Sevens: "It has always been fantastic weather, which you expect with Gold Coast. Good spirit, people getting right behind it. The action on the field has been fantastic and they haven't disappointed from what I have seen over the past two days."
Gregan on Sevens at the Olympics: "It [the Olympic decision] is a pat on the back for these guys. It has been recognised on the best and largest stage. It is something to aspire towards. They always work hard but now they have a carrot in front of them which is a chance to play for an Olympic medal and it doesn't get better than that."
Two tries to France including a long range five-pointer from Renaud Delmas to lead the first of the Plate semi finals 14-0.
10 points for effort. One of the best costumes we have seen. Can you top it? #CatchTheFever #GoldCoast7s http://t.co/X7BrUARM— Gold Coast 7s (@Gold Coast 7s) 14/10/2012 07:20
Usual suspects NZ and South Africa laying down the marker as the teams to beat. Spain gets most improved award. #GoldCoast7s— Toby Gregory (@Toby Gregory) 14/10/2012 07:16
Samoa vs France, plate semifinal. Hope we made the needed adjustments. #GoManu #GoldCoast7s— Fanua (@Fanua) 14/10/2012 07:16
First of the Plate semi finals underway with France taking on Samoa, then the hosts are up against Argentina.
If there is ever a time or place for little grubber and chip kicks, it's sevens rugby. Has proven extremely successful today #goldcoast7s— Hamish Tims (@Hamish Tims) 14/10/2012 07:09
WOOOOOWW #PedroMartins try against #Wales is my try of the tournament. Super dive. Treating a rugby pitch like a swimming pool. #GoldCoast7s— *LuckyPunk* (@*LuckyPunk*) 14/10/2012 07:01
Heartbreak for @RugbyCanada with the golden pt loss to England but proud of the boys & they made a lot of new Aussie fans! #GoldCoast7s— Leafsgirl77 (@Leafsgirl77) 14/10/2012 07:03
Spain beat Wales 26 - 17 in the second Bowl semi final setting up a clash with Pool C nemesis England, who narrowly defeated Spain in the pool stage.
A try to Pedro Martin and it's two tries apiece at half time in the second Bowl semi final 12-12.
Wonderful footwork from Wales' Will Thomas before offloading to Tom Williams to cross for their second try of the match. Spain took the early lead with a try to Glen Lewis Rolls but now trail 12-5.
LOVING @FOX_RUGBY coverage of #GoldCoast7s Too early to get excited about Rio?!? @greg_clarkie #olympicsport— Catherine Murphy (@Catherine Murphy) 14/10/2012 06:46
Marcus Watson puts an under-manned England through to the Bowl final with a Golden Point try to give his side a 24-19 win They will face the winner of the next match between Wales and Spain.
19-all at full time between England and Canada after Canada fail to convert, first Golden Point match of tournament winner through to the Bowl final.
England led 19-14 with two minutes remaining but a try on the bell to Canada locks the scores at 19-all
Canada lead England 14-12, under 5 minutes remaining. Winner goes through to Bowl final.
England in trouble early in their Bowl semi final over Canada down 14-0 before hitting back just before half-time to trail 14-7.
A try apiece in the dying stages but USA go through to the Shield final against Scotland running out 33-26 winners.
A great patch of play from USA, Mike Palefau crossing for their second try in as many minutes to lead 26-19.
A try to Tonga then a Isles scores his second for USA with blistering speed to level the score at 19-all.
Tonga score a try on the stroke of the half-time to lead USA 14-12 in the second Shield semi final.
Scorching try to USA by Carlin Isles - one of the fastest players in the Tournament. USA 5 - Tonga 0 in Shield SF #GoldCoast7s— Alex Broun (@Alex Broun) 14/10/2012 06:00
Scotland win first Shield semi final 33-0 against Portugal. Portugal's first tournament as a core team ends here, but Scotland progress to the Shield final.
should really be studying to exams but but but but...its 7s time baby! @IRBSevens #GoldCoast7s— Jane Jacobs (@Jane Jacobs) 14/10/2012 05:34
Shield semi finals up next. Portugal v Scotland first...
Kenya will meet New Zealand in the Cup semi finals after defeating Australia 21-14
Kenya's Dennis Ombachi outpaces Ed Jenkins in a race to the line and scores on the siren to knock the hosts out of Cup contention 21-14.
Kenya respond with a great try of their own in the corner through Collins Injera, conversion successful and it's 14-14 with a little over two minutes to play.
Enterprising play from Australia rewarded with a try under the posts to Pama Fou after a neat right foot step to lead 14-7.
Australia and Kenya 7-7 at the break.
A simple run around on their own try line before Kenya's Oscar Ouma gets into the clear and races the length of the pitch to tie score up at 7-all.
Try to Australia's Matt Lucas under the posts easily converted for a 7-0 lead early in the last Cup quarter final.
Australia will enjoy the support of a vocal home crowd in this match against Mike Friday's Kenya as the teams take to the pitch.
New Zealand are through to the Cup semi finals with a 12-7 win over Argentina and will play the winner of Australia against Kenya next up.
A strong run close to the line by DJ Forbes is rewarded with a five-pointer and New Zealand regain the lead 12-7 with four minutes remaining.
Argentina's Santiago Cordero wins the race to the ball after a deft chip and chase to take the lead 7-5 at the break
Gareth William-Spiers breaks the quarter final deadlock with a sprint down the sideline outpacing the defence for a 5-0 lead to New Zealand.
Some physical exchanges early but no score yet. Argentina taking it to New Zealand.
Samoa completed 69 passes to Fiji's 8 in their Cup quarter final match - go figure!
Argentina and New Zealand are underway in their Cup quarter final match.
Fiji 19- Samoa 7
Expansive play from Samoa is met with great Fiji defence repelling several phases before Samoa is rewarded with a try after the siren to Tulolo Tulolo however it's Fiji to advance to the Cup semi finals with a 19-7 win.
Raqamate scores his second, a long range effort and Fiji are up 19-0 early in the second half.
Underway in the second half, winner of this match will play South Africa in the Cup semi final.
Fiji's Ratu Raitini breaks clear and scores adjacent to the posts for a 12-0 lead at the break.
Great attacking play from Samoa but Fiji's defence equal to the task.
Samoa on the attack great no look pass from Alatasai Tupou but it's Raqamate from Fiji who races the length of the field to post the first try of the match after a turnover. Fiji lead 7-0.
Crowd getting into this match!
Time for a cracker of a game.... #TeamFiji v #TeamSamoa #GoldCoast7s— Kelly Woodroffe (@Kelly Woodroffe) 14/10/2012 04:20
Thunderous applause as Fiji and Samoa enter the pitch for their Cup quarter final match up.
A late consolation try to Renaud Delmas of France on the siren but South Africa are the first team through to the Cup semi finals with a convincing 12 point win over France 26-14.
Cecil Afrika converts his own try to extend his side's lead to 21-7 followed by a great try by Cornal Hendricks after a powerful run up the middle of the pitch and it's 26-7 with two minutes to play.
Fiji fans start the familar "go Fiji go" chant in readiness for the next Cup quarter final match between Fiji and Samoa.
The @GoldCoast7s have been really good so far! #GoldCoast7s #GoAussie7s— Oscar Green (@Oscar Green) 14/10/2012 04:06
Kyle Brown posts South Africa's second try extending the lead to 14-0, before France's Terry Bouhraoua darts 40 metres to score after the half time siren. South Africa lead 14-7 at the break.
The pirates are rocking the #goldcoast7s #sevensfans http://t.co/cR8CPzmP— Troy (@Troy) 14/10/2012 04:06
A vocal crowd is enjoying the sunshine and sevens action at Skilled Park during the first Cup quarter final
Mbovane scores a converted try for South Africa to lead 7-0 over France.
First match of the quarters coming up between South Africa and France.
Spain close out their first win with a late try to move into the Bowl semi finals against Wales 24-7.
Great end-to-end ball movement from Spain sends Pedro Martin over in the corner for a 19-7 lead.
Viliame Iongi dashes down the right flank only to be brought down in a great try-saving ankle tap from Feijoo.
A try to Tonga's Paula Kata on half time bridges Spain's lead to 12-7.
Pable Feijoo pounces on a neat grubber from team-mate Pedro Martin to put his side in front 12-0.
Some great lead up work before Spain's Carlos Blanco crashes over in the corner for a 5-0 lead.
Tonga and Spain underway in their Bowl quarter final. South Africa and France up next in the Cup quarters.
Beers, dancing, sunshine, good company and rugby. #heaven #goldcoast7s— Josh Bristow (@Josh Bristow) 14/10/2012 03:31
James Davies wraps up the win for Wales with a try just before full time for a 27-19 win to advance to the Bowl semi finals.
Wales take the lead 22-19 with quick tries to Will Price and Lee Williams. One minute remaining.
A great try to Maka Unufe and USA extend their lead to 19-10 early in the second half of this quarter final Bowl match
A converted try to USA's Brett Thompson on half time gives the USA a 14-10 lead at the break in an exciting match with end-to end action.
Me at the #rugby 😜😚😛🏉🍭 #sevensfan #goldcoast7s #awesomeday #selfies #cottoncandy #summer #sunnyday #beer #we http://t.co/Bb7lHhXs— Angela (@Angela ) 14/10/2012 03:20
Wales hit back with tries to Richard Smith and Tom Williams to lead 10-7 with a minute remaining in the first half.
USA's Luke Hume scores a great individual try breaking through the Wales defence and darting 30 metres to score beside the posts for a 7-0 lead.
USA get proceedings underway in their Bowl quarter final against Wales.
A lot better from England, beating Scotland 35-7. Face Canada in Bowl semi next. #GoldCoast7s— Jonathan D (@Jonathan D) 14/10/2012 03:13
England secure a spot against Canada in the Bowl semi finals with a comprehensive 35-7 win over Scotland.
Tries to Williams and Watson for England to lead 35-7 with just under two minutes remaining.
Second half is underway and James Fleming darts across the line to post first points for Scotland and reduce the lead to 21-7.
Norton trails a grubber from team-mate Mitchell to pick the ball up cleanly and cross for his second of the half for a 21-0 lead at the break.
Nice inside ball from Tom Mitchell puts James Rodwell into space dashing 40 metres to score England's second try under the posts to extend the lead to 14-0.
Classy work by Dan Norton with a little chip and chase inside Scotland's 22, converted by Lewis-Pratt for a 7-0 lead.
England vs Scotland! Go boys! #goldcoast7s #thisisqueensland #rugby7— Kazza (@Kazza) 14/10/2012 02:51
Next up is England against Scotland in the second bowl quarter final. A much anticipated match with England having the better of Scotland in head-to-head battle.
watching @RugbyCanada vs Portugal - so proud to be Canadian! #goldcoast7s— K D (@K D) 14/10/2012 02:46
Full time in the first quarter final of the day and Canada advance to the semi finals of the Bowl with a solid 31-0 win over Portugal.
Portugal have strung a few good phases together but unable to convert into points. Two quick tries to Canada extend their lead to 31-0.
They're getting pantsed, but I still think Portugal have the best playing strip of the #GoldCoast7s— Brett McKay (@Brett McKay) 14/10/2012 02:40
A converted try to Harry Jones just prior to the break and Canada lead 19-0.
Canada's Phil Mack scores his side's second try, the conversion is good for a 12-0 lead.
First try to Canada on finals day, Sean Duke crossing for his 4th of the tournament for a 5-0 lead.
Canada and Portugal take to the field. Recent matches have been close between these two teams. Average margin is just two points in Canada's favour!
The Jamaican Bob Sled team are here. #GoldCoast7s @ Skilled Park Stadium http://t.co/Az7BCIBD— Matthew Kelly (@Matthew Kelly) 14/10/2012 02:22
It's another fantastic day here on the Gold Coast. First match up today is the Bowl quarter final between Canada and Portugal in about ten minutes.
13-14 October 2012
Venue: Skilled Park
City: Gold Coast