- Hosts SA and Portugal 100% record on day one
- NZ, Fiji, Argentina, Wales, USA, France all join them in Cup qfs
Well that is it for day one at the 2012 Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens. Thank you for joining us and make sure to log in tomorrow to catch all the action from the Cup and Bowl competition! Bye for now.
Today's efforts have also put Dan Norton at the top of this season's try scoring tally. Dan has 15 tries this campaign.
Top try scorers today were Chris Dry of South Africa and Dan Norton of England who both bagged four tries on the opening day. Norton also leads the points scoring tally along with Joji Baleviani Raqamate and Rhys Jones who are all on 22 points.
Some big games to look forward to tomorrow, let us know which one's you are looking most forward to by tweeting @irbsevens and use the hashtag #SA7s.
Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens - Fiji scored most points day one - 72 (12 tries) South Africa conceded fewest points - 19 (3 tries) #SA7s— South African Rugby (@South African Rugby) 08/12/2012 18:23
And the Cup fixtures for tomorrow are: South Africa vs. United States, Wales vs. New Zealand, Portugal vs. France, Fiji vs. Argentina.
Here are the fixtures for tomorrow's Bowl competition of the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens: Australia vs. Zimbabwe, Kenya vs. Scotland, Canada vs. Samoa and England vs. Spain
The final result of the day means France are through on points difference, They join South Africa, Fiji, New Zealand, Wales, Argentina, Portugal and USA in the Cup tomorrow.
Stadium looking good from players area, as the day finishes off. @IRBSevens http://t.co/PFwKTIot— Richie Pugh (@Richie Pugh) 08/12/2012 18:15
Samoa run the ball out and that is it for the action from Day 1 at the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens. Final score 12-7 to Samoa.
Samoa also got a yellow card due to the penalty try incident.
Penalty try for the French after Terry Bouhraoua was tackled without the ball when all he needed to do was pick up the grubber and score. With the conversion it iis now 12-7 to Samoa.
Paul Treu, South Africa coach: "We can be happy with our result on day one. About a week ago we started well, but we just see it as we are progressing as a team. To come out here and give a performance like this on day one is just testament to the boys. Now we can hopefully take the momentum into day two as well.
"The home crowd is helping, and the boys are getting a lot of energy from the crowd. We can see so many people coming out to support the team. This our one opportunity to in front of a home crowd, and we would like to give them something to remember it by."
RT @bokrugby: BlitzBokke will face USA in Cup quarter tomorrow. #SA7s— Justin adshade (@Justin adshade) 08/12/2012 18:05
Samoa on the half time hooter score a try through Lio Lolo. The conversion is missed so at half time it is 12-0 to Samoa.
Ok, Manu #Samoa, we could do with a win, fa'amolemole. #GoTheManu #SA7s— Fanua (@Fanua) 08/12/2012 18:05
#SA7s #Blitzbokke will line-up vs. @USASevensRugby in the Cup QF @SouthAfrica7s tomorrow...— BlitzBokke (@BlitzBokke ) 08/12/2012 18:02
Samoa take a 7-0 lead against France. They need a big win to qualify for the Cup quarters.
Sevens. Huge rollacoaster day and the boys came out on top. Great feeling. Looking forward to day 2 @IRBSevens @UR7s #wales7s— Richie Pugh (@Richie Pugh) 08/12/2012 17:58
South Africa beat Australia 17-7 to end day one top of Pool A, with three wins from three.
#Kenya7S actually relegated to Bowl quaterfinals and will face Scotland... #SA7S, #KENYA7S— felix Asoha (@felix Asoha) 08/12/2012 17:50
Great kick by 'shotshow', and then Frankie goes over for the try! #SA7s— Brian Ortner (@Brian Ortner) 08/12/2012 17:48
Conversion missed, so South Africa hold a 10 point lead with 5 minutes left.
Boks open the second half with a neat try by veteran Frankie Horne. 17-7 with the conversion to come.
Rhys Shellard, Wales captain: "First game was tricky, Spain are a good team so we were lucky to win that won. Argentina game was poor for our standards, but then we came out and showed what we could do against a very good Kenya team."
Afrika is successful and SA go into the half time break with a 12-7 lead.
On the half time hooter the BlitzBokke get their second try and it is another one for Chris Dry. 10-7 with the conversion from Afrika to come.
Australia hit back with a try by Pama Fou. The conversion is good and Australia lead 7-5.
Cecil Afrika darts over the line for South Africa and gives the hosts a 5-0 lead.
Now South Africa v Australia
Unbelievably cool party #SevensFan @soly1023 @Lance_Awesome All the way from cape town @IRBSevens http://t.co/kyhSBEBS— Neil Sneyd (@Neil Sneyd) 08/12/2012 17:33
Another try for Wales, Rhys Jones socres to make it 33-14 and book their place in the Cup quarter finals.
Wales score another try through Will Price, with the conversion missed it is now 19-14 to Wales.
#SA7s u have 2 be here its electrifying! We hosting a great party— Wiggle14 (@Wiggle14) 08/12/2012 17:24
And now Kenya score another try under the posts just on the half time hooter. That Humphrey Kayange try and the conversion leaves the score at 14 all at the break.
A wonderful hand off from Dennis Ombachi sets up a solo try for Kenya. Conversion makes it 14-7 and all to play for.
And Wales get another very quickly, this time in the opposite corner. With another fantastic conversion, it is 14-0 to Wales.
Wales do well to break down the wing and open the scoring through Alex Webber. A great conversion puts them 7-0 up.
Last game of the day, lets go boys, keep up the momentum #SA7s #kenya7s— Shesh Mwangi (@Shesh Mwangi) 08/12/2012 17:15
Kenya against Wales is up next.
Kenya vs Wales up next... #PortElizabeth7s #SA7s #TeamKenya7s Go Kenya!!!!— Jeff Masita (@Jeff Masita) 08/12/2012 17:12
The covnersion is wide, but it does not matter as the hooter sounds. Fiji are victorious over the All Blacks by 24 points to 12. The result sees both NZ and the Fijians go through to the Cup, while Scotland and England will battle for the Bowl.
Another try, this time from an impressive individual break by John Stewart, seals the win for the Fijians. 24-12 with the conversion to come.
Fiji grab another after a powerful run by Ratu Inia Tukere. The conversion from out wide is wide. 19-12 to Fiji.
RT @OfficialKeelo: Come on New Zealand #SA7s Do it for England— BlitzBokke (@BlitzBokke ) 08/12/2012 17:04
Fiji score first in the second half with Levani Botia bashing over the line. The conversion is good and Fiji go back into the lead. 14-12 with 5 minutes left in this one.
Half time and New Zealand hold onto their 5 point lead going into the break. New Zealand 12 - Fiji 7.
Frederico Sousa, Portugal coach: "After Australia where we struggled we went home, looked at ourselves, and tried to work hard to try and make it harder for other teams so the result of the hard work of the boys is us getting through.
"It was something special [to beat Canada] because they always beat us. We knew it would be win or loss for the group so we were focused and the boys should be pleased with the result."
Luke Masirewa adds to New Zealand's score with a diving try in the corner. Tomasi Cama shows his class with a wonderful conversion from the touchline. 12-7 to New Zealand.
The All Blacks hit back immediately with a try by Belgium Tuatagaloa. 7-5 after the conversion is missed.
USA coach: "It was nice [to record a victory against Canada] they are a good rival of ours. We know them very well but was nice to get a win."
Fiji open the scoring thanks to Ilai Tinai who goes in under the posts. With the conversion Fiji leads 7-0.
@elinemeurs: Rugby Sevens is awesome !! :-) #SA7s #England7s ❤"Awesome!!— megan williams (@megan williams) 08/12/2012 16:48
Pools for the South African leg of @IRBSevens are crazy today, and @USAEaglesRugby 2-1 and in to the QF #merica— Sean Duffy (@Sean Duffy) 08/12/2012 16:49
And here we go, the big one between the Fijians and the Kiwis is underway.
#England might actually make it out of their group @ #SA7s. Here's hoping #NZ beat #Fiji. @Sport_360 http://t.co/lFP6ODo8— Pacific Islander (@Pacific Islander) 08/12/2012 16:46
Wonderful entertainment here at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium courtesy of our dancers, but now the crowd is ready for the big Fiji-New Zealand clash.
Crowd being entertained by cheerleaders and dancers ahead of one of the biggest fixtures of the day when New Zealand take on Fiji. This should be a cracker against two of the oldest foes in the Sevens game.
After Jose Vareta gets a yellow card for Portugal, Canada keep fighting for another score. They are however unable to do so and the match ends with Portugal winning 28-7. The result means Portugal and the USA qualify for the Cup, whilst Zimbabwe and Canada will compete in the Bowl.
Canada gets what is no more than a consolation try through Sean Duke. The try is converted, as the hooter sounds to leave the game at 28-7. With only one more play left in this encounter.
Another try for Portugal, they look great! Portugal 28 Canada 0 #SA7s #Rugby— Dan Mason (@Dan Mason) 08/12/2012 16:35
Another try for the Portuguese this time Frederico Oliveira is credited with the 5 pointer. Diogo Miranda slots a sweet conversion to put Portugal 28-0 up and almost out of sight of Canada.
Portugal start the second half the way they ended the first with a try under the posts thanks to Duarte Moreira. The extra two take Portugal to 21-0 and looking very good for another win. Can Canada stage a comeback?
Half time at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Portugal 14 - Canada 0
The Portuguese score another one under the posts. Aderito Esteves the very happy try scorer. Conversion good and now Portugal has an impressive 14 point lead.
The Springboks 7s team making the coutry proud at the Nelson Mandela Bay 7s #SA7s— AB Dacosta (@AB Dacosta) 08/12/2012 16:25
@USASevensRugby Looking great in the first few matches at #SA7s - keep the pedal on the gas boys!— Tad Gruman (@Tad Gruman) 08/12/2012 16:23
Beautiful interplay by play by Portugal opens the score for the Europeans. Pedro Leal dotting down and converting his own try. 7-0 to Portugal.
Portugal v Canada coming up at #SA7s - what a revelation Portugal have been so far this 7s season.... #rugbyunited— Jungle Crows (@Jungle Crows) 08/12/2012 16:22
Canada have won 11 of the 18 HSBC World Seven Series clashes between these two teams. The last time Portugal won was back in 2010 in Edinburgh. Last weekend in Dubai, Canada prevailed 28-12 in the same fixture.
So Portugal and Canada (who are in their changed black strip) head out onto the field for the final clash in Pool D.
Zimbabwe are in again just before the full time whistle Tangai Nemadire finishes off a scrappy piece of play by dotting over. He misses his conversion as the hooter sounds and the game ends 21-17 to the USA.
USA extend their lead courtesy of a converted try. 21-12 with under 2 minutes to go in this one.
Zimbabwe open the second half with a try in the corner, Justin Coles dotting down for the African outfit. The conversion is a tricky one and it is sliced wide. 14-12 to USA.
Zimbabwe get the second half underway.
The USA closes off the half with their second try under the posts, this time its Nick Edwards getting in on the act. With the conversion good it is 14-7 at half time.
Zimbabwe streak forward with a breakaway try right under the posts. The conversion ties the scores up at 7 a piece.
The USA open the scoring with a try from Jack Halailo. The conversion is good and the Americans hold a 7-0 lead.
There looks like a serious injury for one of the American players, let's hope that he is ok. The medical staff are rightly taking their time with this one.
Fisheye view from #Blitzbokke presser #SSRugby #SA7s http://t.co/8BcMJXl3— Brenden Nel (@Brenden Nel) 08/12/2012 15:59
USA and Zimbabwe are underway in the next clash at the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens
The moment. @USAEaglesRugby vs. Zimbabwe. Going to need a full performance to win. @IRBSevens— Rugby America (@Rugby America) 08/12/2012 15:56
Full time between Argentina and Spain and the South Americans take it 21-14.
English star Dan Norton on scoring his 100th HSBC World Sevens Series try against Scotland: "I would have liked it in different circumstances. It is quite frustrating how the last few tournaments have gone for us, but I am still happy to get my 100th just in a different environment would be nicer."
Good first day at the #SA7s,with @dill10leyds @zuks101 @3LGD1 @Janowie_6 and stuart barnes10— Craig Barry (@Craig Barry) 08/12/2012 15:51
Argentina go back into the lead after Pablo Matera outstripped the Spanish cover defence to dot down for his side's third try. With the conversion the South Americans lead by 21-14.
Rob Vickerman, England captain, on the tournament as a whole following their defeat of Scotland: "Up and down I would say. We weren't far away against Fiji. It is a cruel game, but as you have seen today you can still lose two and potentially put yourself in the frame for a Cup quarter and we really stepped up against Scotland after a really ropey start."
Spain open the second half with a try by Matias Moroni. The game is all to play for after a successful conversion. 14-14 with nearly 6 minutes left of the clash.
Dan Norton notched up his 100th Series try in their victory against Scotland. Well done
HT:Game 18 #7ARG 14-7 #7ESP http://t.co/QsxRdbX6 #SA7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 08/12/2012 15:44
Moroni then gives Argentina the lead again. 14-7 to Los Pumas.
Mental lapse for Argentina. Try Spain 7-7 @IRBSevens @USASevensRugby #SA7s @unionargentina— Albert Caravelli (@Albert Caravelli) 08/12/2012 15:41
Argentina score the first try of the match, Ramiro Moyano scores to make it 7-0.
All Spanish affair next up with Spain and Argentina on the field now#SA7s— South African Rugby (@South African Rugby) 08/12/2012 15:37
Dan Norton scores for England to make the score 19-12 , sets up James Rodwell, and adds another for a 33-12 victory against the auld enemy.
England take the lead after a try by Dan Bibby which was also converted by Bibby. 14-12 with 2 and half minutes left.
England respond at the beginning of the second half with a well worked try. With the conversion over it is 12-7 and all to play for.
Half time and Scots still lead 12-0.
The conversion is missed, but the Scots lead by 12 with under 30 seconds of the first half remaining.
Scotland are in for their second try through Michael Maltman. 12-0 lead for the Scots with the conversion to come.
Australia coach, Michael O'Connor, after victory against Samoa: "It is a turning point. We are in a pretty dark spot after last week, and we didn't go so well against France this morning so that was a good turnaround and it will really help the boys with their confidence more than anything."
Scotland open the scoring with a break away try under the posts for Andrew Turnbull. The conversion makes it 7-0 to the Scots.
Scotland taking on England in a match with big significance in the group.
Kenya, South Africa, New Zealand and Portugal only undefeated teams after second round of matches at Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens #SA7s— Lebo Mabena (@Lebo Mabena) 08/12/2012 15:10
We agree David. Fantastic atmosphere!
Next match is England v Scotland. Scotland last beat England in Edinburgh, 2009
Go #Blitzbokke this is your weekend! Leading Pool A at #SA7s— Mike Ferguson (@Mike Ferguson) 08/12/2012 14:59
South Africa make it two wins from two on day one as they beat France 12-5.
Feeling a bit nostalgic. England 7s team warming up in front of me. I am a Pom after all. I miss you London. #SA7s http://t.co/aVahrAs0— Shelly-Mae Storm (@Shelly-Mae Storm) 08/12/2012 14:58
Paul Delport gives South Africa the lead. 12-5.
HT:Game 16 #7FRA 5-5 #7RSA http://t.co/QsxRdbX6 #SA7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 08/12/2012 14:49
@IRBSevens I feel like some teams have been underestimating others .... #SA7s— Afreen Saeed (@Afreen Saeed) 08/12/2012 14:47
Sideline conversion is missed and its locked up at 5-all. #blitzbokke #SA7s #ssrugby— Brenden Nel (@Brenden Nel) 08/12/2012 14:47
Big Win USA! RT @IRBSevens: USA's first win against Canada since 2011 Dubai Sevens. #SA7s @alcaravelli @USASevensRugby— USA Sevens Rugby (@USA Sevens Rugby) 08/12/2012 14:45
France reduced to six men, and Cornal Hendrick draws the scores level to the delight of the crowd.
The last time France beat South Africa was en-route to the Cup final at the 2011 Dubai Sevens when they won 19-5 in the quarter finals.
Paul Albaladejo scores the first try of the match for France, collecting a loose ball and out pacing Cecil Afrika to score in the coenr. 5-0
Hosts South Africa face France now. In 40 previous meetings, SA have won 35 of them.
Another major derby about to start with England taking on Scotland in a very important clash.
So last week's Cup winners suffer their second defeat of the day and look set to enter the Bowl competition and demonstrate the difficulty in winning back-to-back Cups. Samoa 7-26 Australia
Samoa come back with a converted try by Alatasi Tupou. Can the Samoans come back? 26-7 to Australia.
Australia take 11 second half seconds to score another try and it is the second for Jordan Taupou. With the conversion the score moves to 26-0 to the Aussies.
The last time these two teams met was at the 2012 Tokyo Cup Final where the Aussies ran out 28-26 victors.
Australia continue their domiance with Jordan Tuapou dotting down on the stroke of half time. The conversion makes it 19-0 as the players take a break.
Australia are in again after some smart work on the wing by Junior Laloifi. The conversion is not successful, but the Aussies now have a 12 point lead over last week's champions from Dubai.
Australia open the scoring with a try from Con Foley. The conversion is good and Australia lead 7-0.
The nex two teams are out on the field and it is a crunch Pool D clash between Samoa and Australia. Both teams will be looking to make amends after opening game losses today.
The full time hooter sounds, but Canada do manage to come in for a consolation try through Justin Douglas. Conversion is wide and the game ends USA 26, Canada 12.
USA get their fourth try courtesy of Colin Hawley. The try came from turnover ball at the lineout. The conversion is missed, but the Americans still hold a commanding 26-7 lead with two and a half minutes left.
The crowd goes mad as the BlitzBokke come out to warm up. Not hard to tell where the support belongs in Port Elizabeth today.
USA continue where they left off with a breakaway try under the posts by Maka Unufe. Conversion is good and the USA lead by 14 points. 21-7 with 5 and half minutes left in the second half.
Second half is underway with Canada kicking off.
USA up at the half 14-7. USA in a great position. They've won both restarts. Just need to keep possession. Move Canada around. @IRBSevens— Albert Caravelli (@Albert Caravelli) 08/12/2012 14:07
Half time and the US hold a 14-7 lead.
2nd Try for Luke Hume. Good job by USA. Just need to avoid contact. Just move ball use the width 14 USA - Canada 7 @IRBSevens #SA7s— Albert Caravelli (@Albert Caravelli) 08/12/2012 14:05
USA are opening Canada up and Hume has got his second try under the posts. The conversion is easily kicked over and the score moves to 14-7 to the USA.
The USA however strike back with a try of their own courtesy of Luke Hume. With the conversion it is all square at 7 all.
What brilliant stepping by Jeffrey Hassler carves the USA defence right open. He goes all the way to open the scoring for the Canadians. With the conversion it is 7-0 to Canada. Great start to the contest.
Ok, #RugbyCanada fans, back at it here. Taking on USA now at #SA7s— Patrick Johnston (@Patrick Johnston) 08/12/2012 13:57
Canada have won 15 of 25 clashes between the two sides. The last time USA beat Canada was in Dubai last year.
It is a North American derby up next when USA face Canada. Big local pride at stake in this one.
Zimbabwe make one last attack, but it is ended when they concede a penalty. Portugal kick it out and the game ends 17-12 to the Europeans.
With 20 seconds left Portugal are down to 6 with Pedro Leal sent to the bin.
Speedy Tafadzwa Chitokwindo dashes down the touchline and scores under the posts to bring Zimbabwe right back into the game. The conversion is good, which leaves the score 17-12 to Portugal.
No addition to the score and we are halfway through the second half between Portugal and Zimbabwe.
Second half is underway, Portugal leading 17-5.
Zimbabwe have never beaten Portugal in five matches played between the two sides.
After a frantic end to the half, the whilstle goes and Portugal hold a strong 17-5 lead.
Portugal hit back with a try of their own by Miguel Lucas. The conversion hits the upright, but doesn't go over and the score remains at 17-5 just before halftime.
Zimbabwe hit back after a good break leads to Daniel Hondo touching down. The conversion is missed so the margin is now just 7 points.
Another try for Portugal, this time it is Frederico Oliveira. No conversion this time leaving the score at 12-0.
Portugal make a fantastic start to the clash when Jose Vareta goes over. The try is converted moving the score to 7-0 to the Portuguese.
Up next in PE we have Zimbabwe against Portugal.
Awesome! We beat Fiji 21-19! Tries from @colingregor & @turnybull7. Next up England at 3.14pm #SA7s— Scotland Rugby Team (@Scotland Rugby Team) 08/12/2012 13:30
So Argentina come from behind to beat the Welsh. Final score 12-7 to Argentina.
Argentina have taken the lead with a try 2 minutes before the full time whistle. The conversion is good and the South Americans lead 12-7.
@KenyaRugby247 #SA7s well done Kenya and keep it up! We are here for you.— MaseKeya (@MaseKeya) 08/12/2012 13:23
Second half is underway in the clash between Wales and Argentina at the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens.
Halftime hooter sounds, so Wales take a 7-5 lead into the break.
Great move from the lineout by Argentina earns them their first try and it is Ramiro Moyano who goes over. The conversion is good so Wales still lead 7-5.
Great break by Alex Webber leads to the first try of the game for Wales. The conversion is successful and the Welsh pull out to a 7-0 lead.
Up next we have Wales against Argentina. Should be another interesting clash.
Willy Ambaka wraps up the contest with a run away try under the posts. With the conversion it puts Kenya 26-14 ahead and that is the final score. Another good win for the Kenyans.
Fantastic try by Spain from turnover ball sees Ignacio Martin get their second try. Conversion is missed and it is all to play for at 19-12 to Kenya.
First try for Spain and with the conversion it is now 19-7 to Kenya in the 2nd half.
Phil Greening, Scotland coach, after victory against Fiji: "The boys done really well this morning against New Zealand. We spoke about the group, yes it was tough, but we said we wanted to make a mark and we have now done that. But it means nothing if we don't deliver against England."
Lavin Asego gives Kenya a 5-0 lead against Spain, crossing in the corner. And converts himself for a 7-0 lead.
Lavin Asego gives Kenya a 5-0 lead against Spain, crossing in the corner. And converts himself for a 7-0 lead.
FT:Game 10 #7FIJ 19-21 #7SCO http://t.co/QsxRdbX6 #SA7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 08/12/2012 12:45
What a game! Colin Gregor scores Scotland's third, and his conversion makes it 21-19. Scotland have only beaten Fiji four times before. The last time they won was in 2011, on home soil in Edinburgh.
Penalty try for Fiji and the score is 19-14 with 90 seconds left on the clock.
Raqamate v Turnbull here, as the Fijian also scores his second of the match. Missed conversion though and the islanders trail 14-12.
Loving the way Scotland is playing , good runs good passes #SA7s— The duane M (@The duane M) 08/12/2012 12:36
#SA7s is trending in South Africa! Let's get it worldwide! RT @BlitzBokke— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 08/12/2012 12:36
Turnbull crossses for his second, and Scotland lead 14-7 at half time against Fiji. Could a shock be on the cards?
Excellent defence from Fiji to prevent Scotland scoring their second, and of course it turns into a length-of-the-field try for Joji Raqamate who also adds the conversion to draw the scores level.
Andrew Turnbull in for the first try of the match for Scotland against Fiji. They took the lead against New Zealand in their first match but ended up losing, but can they do more with their 7-0 lead this time?
8-9 December 2012
Venue: Port Elizabeth Bay Stadium
City: Port Elizabeth