- All the action from from day two of the 2013 Hertz Sevens in Wellington
- England beat Kenya in Extra Time to win the Cup after Kenya upset New Zealand in the semi finals
- Wales win the Shield, Canada clinch the Bowl and Australia take the Plate
Thanks for joining us for an amazing 2013 Hertz Sevens in Wellington and congratulations to the winners - England. See you next week in Vegas for round five of the 2012-13 HSBC Sevens World Series!
Pools for USA Sevens in Las Vegas next weekend:
POOL A: England, Scotland, Fiji, Portugal
POOL B: Kenya, South Africa, Canada, Uruguay
POOL C: New Zealand, Argentina, France, Wales,
POOL D: Samoa, Australia, Spain, USA
Winners from 2013 Hertz Sevens in Wellington:
Runners up: Kenya
Third: New Zealand
Plate Winners: Australia
Bowl Winners: Canada
Shield Winners: Wales
...all in my living room screaming for Kenya to kick it out, throw it out, run it out... oh mayyun. Nek time pradahz. #NZ7s— Aloalii Tapu (@Aloalii Tapu ) 02/02/2013 10:19
So we now look ahead to next week's #USA7s. Pools to follow— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 02/02/2013 10:18
Oscar Ouma, Kenya captain:
"We are really proud. Last year we were in the Bowl, this year we wanted a notch higher and we did it.
Unfortunately we couldn't win but hopefully we can go a notch higher in Vegas. It is an honor to play for Kenya and to represent all the people."
RT @humphkj: @MikeFriday09 @CB1Brown class performance at #NZ7s....it was just seconds to the Cup win..next on #Vegas7s #kenya7sfamily— George Ombeo (@George Ombeo) 02/02/2013 09:46
Rob Vickerman, England captain, on winning the 2013 Hertz Sevens:
"I was looking back at my photos in 2009 (last time England won in Wellington). I had some secret slideshows of them this week if I am being honest.
"To do it with these guys today though is a really special thing. And a really special mention for Sam (Edgerley, the winning try scorer) , he has worked really hard for this."
Sam Edgerley, England, after scoring the wining try in the final:
"It is just fantastic, I am overwhelmed to be honest. It is my first tournament win for England, and I am the proudest man in the world.
"We had a really good build up to this, we didn't have the best start to the season, so we made a promise to ourselves, we made a promise to get out of it and we did.
"We said it was a man's test, and we were the men."
DJ Forbes, New Zealand, on the All Blacks Sevens finishing third:
"I think ultimately it is about the World Series, but we are extremely disappointed not to win in our home tournament.
"Everybody loves to play at home, it is a little bit gut wrenching, we had some opportunities in that game against Kenya but a few little crucial errors cost us.
"Hopefully we will learn our lessons and come back stronger."
RT @humphkj: Well done boys!!what a class performance in #NZ7s we take it in stride #lessonlearnt next stage #Vegas7s— Moses Karani (@Moses Karani) 02/02/2013 09:21
Unofficial player of the tournament Collins Injera of Kenya, magnificent, closely followed by Mat Turner of England.
England go up to collect their traditional necklaces and are clapped warmly by a valiant Kenya. Soon the Cup will be held aloft by England - the champions of Wellington!
Kenya still only have six men at the start of Extra Time and strong defence for England turns the ball over. Dan Norton runs wide and Sam Edgerley is there first to pick up the ball at the back of the ruck. He goes over for the winning score. England win 24-19 and are the champions of the 2013 Hertz Sevens!
#England7s win #NZ7s final 24-19 v Kenya. Ben Ryan: 'I'm thrilled for them. I felt it was our destiny. I could see it in their eyes.'— Official RFU (@Official RFU) 02/02/2013 09:07
RT @ugomonye: Really pleased for Ben Ryan and his team. Well done the #England7s boys winning #NZ7s great guts from Kenya. Marcus Watson ...— RugbyRocks7s (@RugbyRocks7s) 02/02/2013 09:07
I am SO PROUD of you #Shujaa WELL DONE, KENYA, WELL DONE #ShujaaPride #NZ7s— Jackie Chele (@Jackie Chele) 02/02/2013 09:04
Kenya have a second man sent to the bin - Andrew Amonde. And with the two man advantage England score through Christian Lewis-Pratt to tie it up all 19-all. EXTRA TIME!
Ai jinne.... Die Ingelse darem! Haaties Kenya... Great fighting spirit! #loverugby #NZ7s— Sam Hendricks (@Sam Hendricks) 02/02/2013 09:00
Inexperience cost the Kenyan brothers! Still very very proud of them though for getting this far! #HatsOff #Kenya7s #NZ7s— Gontse (@Gontse) 02/02/2013 09:00
RT @Inattheside: TRY !!! SAM EDGERLEY FOR ENGLAND. they win. !! England are Champions of the Wellington Sevens #NZ7s— Jeff Seid (@Jeff Seid ) 02/02/2013 09:00
RT @NZIntnlSevens: OVERTIME! 19-all between Kenya and England. Whose got fire left in the tank for this? #HertzSevens #NZ7s— Ken Mchoraji (@Ken Mchoraji) 02/02/2013 09:00
It's OK #TeamKenya, beautiful playing. You are still the best #NZ7s— Gracealiza (@Gracealiza) 02/02/2013 08:59
RT @BernardNdong: whoever scores first wins it...#Kenya7s 19- 19 #England #NZ7s— Prince G (@Prince G) 02/02/2013 08:59
WHAT A TRY/GAME SAVING TACKLE FROM KENYA!!!! #NZ7s— Steve Lenthall (@Steve Lenthall) 02/02/2013 08:52
YELLOW CARD to Oscar Ouma. Kenya are one short. England have their chance. Tom Powell goes for the line but he drops the ball as he goes to place it down! Can Kenya hold on? 52 seconds left!
England knock on and it's a scrum to Kenya. Both teams exhausted now. Three minutes left! Kenya still lead 19-12.
Kenya's counter-rucking against England has been superb. #NZ7s— Lee Stace (@Lee Stace) 02/02/2013 08:48
Incredible scenes as Collins Injera sprints away for Kenya but is tackled metres short. Now England have a penalty. Four mintes to play!
The crowd chant "Kenya Kenya Kenya" but the Lions knock on and England have a chance. Now Kenya get a penalty and the clear. Six minutes to go!
Wow, just wow. What a final we have on our hands. Willy Ambaka sprints past Mat Turner of all people to make it 19-12 to Mike Friday's side!
Oscar Ouma is having some day. He sprints down the line to draw Kenya level 12-12
There is only one crowd favourite now in this final
Or maybe not. Horace Otieno gives Kenya a score. 12-7 after five minutes. Great match so far.
Christian Lewis-Pratt adds to England's bright start, as they take a 12-0 lead after just three minutes. Has Kenya's semi final taken it out of them?
Dan Norton gives England the early lead. Perfect start for them. #Kenya7s #HertzSevens #NZ7s— James Ndege (@James Ndege) 02/02/2013 08:32
Dan Norton ghosts through the Kenyan defence to give Ben Ryan's side a 7-0 lead in the Cup final
Here we go....
But Gillies Kaka goes over for the deciding score and New Zealand win 17-7 to claim 3rd place.
Gillies Kaka breaks through two tackles and sprints away to score. New Zealand up 10-0 but just when it seems the game is over Samoa score through Reupena Levasa. 10-7 to New Zealand with ninety seconds to play!
“@smusyoka In case we beat England, what celebration song would you want the #Wellington7s DJ to play? @IRBSevens #Kenya7s” Jahawi's 'Kenya'— Muthoni Maingi (@Muthoni Maingi) 02/02/2013 08:12
RT @helenplayer Just sayin! @nzintnlsevens: Cool! Thanks everyone! RT @IRBSevens: #NZ7s now trending worldwide! @bethcoalter @nz7s...— Tiana (@Tiana) 02/02/2013 08:12
The final pits the only two undefeated teams in the tournament up against each other: Kenya who have won all five matches and England who have won four and drawn one, against the USA.
Can someone confirm that England have not left #NZ7s!Kenya waiting for them! @Alex_OxChambo Wellington 7s— HESBON MOSEMBE (@HESBON MOSEMBE) 02/02/2013 08:08
Great day for @RugbyCanada .. three great #NZ7s performances. Totally worth the all-nighter. Congratulations @geraintrugby— Adam Kyriacou (@Adam Kyriacou) 02/02/2013 08:06
We're into the 3rd place play off and the All Blacks Sevens take the lead through a try to Sam Dickson. Conversion missed. New Zealand lead Samoa 5-0.
While I do hope NZ wins this game, what I'm really hoping for is a shirtless Haka from the winners. #NZ7s— Jen Zindel (@Jen Zindel) 02/02/2013 08:05
RT @Miskeno: I'm afraid Kenya will run riot on England.God save the Queen! #NZ7s #Wellington7s— Odanga (@Odanga ) 02/02/2013 08:01
RT @RugbyCanada: Rugby Canada would like to thank everyone in Wellington, NZ, for putting on a great event as usual! #Seeyounextyear #NZ7s— Ida (@Ida) 02/02/2013 08:01
The last time Kenya met England was in the first match of the 2012-13 HSBC Sevens World Series in the Gold Coast. The score 14-all! Overall they have played 28 times with England winning 19 times, Kenya seven and two draws.
I just caught a glimpse of veteran photographer Peter Bush on telly at the #NZ7s. I'm glad to see he is still shooting footy.— Lee Stace (@Lee Stace) 02/02/2013 07:57
This is what 7s is all about! Expect the unexpected! #NZ7s— Unaisi Joyce Serevi (@Unaisi Joyce Serevi) 02/02/2013 07:56
James Johnstone crosses for Scotland but a try to Peter Lee closes it out for Australia. The Qantas Mens Sevens win the Shield 22-7 and Mick O'Connor will be delighted with his young squad who are starting to come of age. They played six games at the tournament and lost just once, to New Zealand, recording strong victories over South Africa, Fiji, Portugal and Scotland (twice).
I believe is the time for our boys #shuja to be the Rugby 7s champions #NZ7s— Shyaka J.Love (@Shyaka J.Love) 02/02/2013 07:52
Message to the #kenya7s team: carry the Kenyan flag with pride-a proud nation cheers u on! Come on u #shujaaz. #NZ7s— Felix Kyalo (@Felix Kyalo) 02/02/2013 07:51
Bonnie Scotland get on the board and it's 17-7 with Australia still leading. 2.44m left to play. #HertzSevens #NZ7s #PlateFinal— NZ Sevens (@NZ Sevens) 02/02/2013 07:44
Frustrating 2 days in Wellington. Lots to put right before next week in Vegas. @IRBSevens http://t.co/Qj1rE6tX— Richie Pugh (@Richie Pugh) 02/02/2013 07:41
An impressive first half from a very impressive young Australian team and they lead Scotland 17-0, well on the way to claiming the Plate. Helped by Colin Gregor being sin binned in just the second minute they scored three tries through Sean McMahon, Pama Fou and Shannon Walker.
RT @IRBMedia: Amazing performance by @kenyarugbyunion to defeat NZ and reach the #NZ7s final against England #globalgame— Super Rugby News (@Super Rugby News) 02/02/2013 07:39
RT @GoldCoast7s: Plate Final: Australia vs Scotland Live on Fox Sports 3HD NOW! #NZ7s— Denna C (@Denna C) 02/02/2013 07:39
RT @mentalacrobatic: Thank you referee Rasta Rasivhenge! about time #Kenya7s got treated fairly in big games! #wellington7s #nz7s— Flora Okuku (@Flora Okuku) 02/02/2013 07:31
Sean Duke after Canada defeated Fiji to win the Bowl:
"We feel absolutely great, it is a good feeling knowing we put everything out there and finished on top.
We did beat South Africa and Fiji but overall we were a bit disappointed to not go through on points differential to the Cup, but still looking back we are pretty happy."
"We're all looking forward to Vegas."
RT @IRBSevens: #Kenya7s and #Wellington7s trending worldwide. Can #NZ7s make it too during the final?— Grace Levi (@Grace Levi) 02/02/2013 07:26
Next Up HERTZ 7s : 43.Scotland 0-0 Australia Final Plate #HertzSevens #NZ7s #Sevens #RugbyRedefined— RugbyRedefined (@RugbyRedefined) 02/02/2013 07:23
#NZ7s finals have been really fantastic some decent tries and a few yellows! #England7s should beat #Kenya7s— Brad Inwood (@Brad Inwood ) 02/02/2013 07:18
John Moonlight bolts away for the decisive score and Canada now lead 28-19 with 30 seconds left! The conch goes and Canada have beaten Fiji to win the Bowl here in Wellington.
RT @smusyoka: @OumaOscar you will forever remember this moment in your rugby career. Photo by @IRBSevens #Wellington7s #kenya7s http://t ...— Ivan Onchuru (@Ivan Onchuru) 02/02/2013 07:14
Ilai Tinai shows amazing speed to race away and score his second try and Fiji trail by just 21-19 - three minutes left.
Canada hit back with two smart tries to Taylor Paris, his second of the match, and Sean Duke, his fifth of the tournament, and they lead 21-14 at half time.
Ilai Tinai darts away to score and Fiji lead Canada 14-7 in the Bowl final!
A long break from Sean Duke for Canada and they get a penalty. From the tap Taylor Paris bursts through and Canada lead 7-0. But Mr Reliable, Joji Baleviani Raqamate, sprints away for Fiji to score his fifth try of the tournament and we're all tied up at 7-7.
Dear Fiji boys, take inspiration from Kenya and bring back a bowl to go with all the cups you have collected. #NZ7s— Sarika Chand (@Sarika Chand) 02/02/2013 06:59
Ahhhh! There goes #TomJones over the PA at #Westpac! Such a favourite at Sevens tournies all over the World! @IRBSevens @NZIntnlSevens— BlitzBokke (@BlitzBokke ) 02/02/2013 06:54
Mike Friday, Kenya coach, on the amazing upset victory over New Zealand in the Cup semi final:
"I am so proud of the boys, to come from 14-0 down.
"We have had two educations from New Zealand on how to play the game in losing two semi finals. But that mental belief is starting to come, such a big part of the game of Sevens, and credit to them.
"14-0 down in Wellington, to come back and win it at sudden death, that is great spirit and that typifies this Kenyan team."
The last time the #Kenya7s reached the main cup finals of the @IRBSevens was in April 5th 2009 they lost to #SA7s— Bernard Ndong (@Bernard Ndong ) 02/02/2013 06:53
@WelshRugbyUnion Sevens lift the Shield at #NZ7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 02/02/2013 06:53
And Wales complete their own stunning comeback with a try to Lee Williams, coming back from 21-0 down to beat Tonga 26-21 and win the Shield!
Kilifi Latu is sent to the sin bin and Wales take full advantage with tries to Will Price and Rhys Shellard. Rhys Jones converts Shellard's try superbly from the sideline and we're locked up at 21-21.
RT @guywilliamsguy: "Kenya is the crowds second favourite team here in Wellington" - Bon Jovi is their favourite. #nz7s— Nino (@Nino) 02/02/2013 06:42
Tries for Tonga were scored by Saia Palei, Feofaaki Holoia and a penalty try that saw Rhys Jones sin binned. Luke Morgan hit back for Wales.
It's half time in the Bowl final and after three quick tries to Tonga they led 21-0 before Wales hit back with a try of their own just on the conch.
Apologies for the delay in transmission but after one of the biggest upsets in IRB Sevens World Series history and unprecedented Twitter activity the blog went into temporary meltdown. But we're back and still in shock here after Kenya beat New Zealand 19-14 in Extra Time to make it through to the Cup final of the 2013 Hertz Sevens.
Big upset in @IRBSevens history!! @KenyaRugbyUnion- wow!!— Pure Physio (@Pure Physio) 02/02/2013 06:35
“@LoteTuqiri Kenya just beat NZ to make it to the Cup Final vs England.” Cheers mate that's great for Kenya not so good 4 us NZers #NZ7s— lachlan (@lachlan) 02/02/2013 06:28
Amazing scenes here. The crowd is stunned as Kenya come back from 14-0 down with a try after the conch to force extra time against the All Blacks Sevens, before Oscar Ouma scores the all-important first points to put Mike Friday's side into the final against England.
#Kenya7s 14 - 14 #AllBlackSevens Collins Injera scores a try, Biko should convert. #NZ7s— Bernard Ndong (@Bernard Ndong ) 02/02/2013 06:18
The All Blacks defend superbly but finally Kenya break through and Oscar Ouma sprints away to score. Now Collins Injera goes under the posts and we are all tied up at 14-all. EXTRA TIME!
Kenyan dominate possession but the All Blacks Sevens stand strong and work their way down field. Tim Mikkelson is tackled into touch but somehow manages to get the ball down for a try, then Tomasi Cama converts from the sideline - amazing! New Zealand lead Kenya 14-0 at half time.
RT @Noskee: Kenya Kenya Kenya Kenya Kenya Kenya Kenya Kenya Kenya Kenya Kenya Kenya #NZ7s— Litia Taki (@Litia Taki) 02/02/2013 06:02
A mistake from the kick off by Kenya and Tomasi Cama scores and converts. New Zealand out to a 7-0 lead over Kenya in the second Cup semi.
RT @BlitzBokke: All the best to Kenya vs New Zealand. May the best team win....#NZ7s Keep Calm @MikeFriday09 !— Bernard Ndong (@Bernard Ndong ) 02/02/2013 05:57
#NZ7S unbeaten Kenya vs New Zealand ,4 mins to go, main cup semis— ﺔﻜﺒﺷ ﻦﻴﻃﺎﻴﺸﻟﺍ ﺮﻤﺤ (@ﺔﻜﺒﺷ ﻦﻴﻃﺎﻴﺸﻟﺍ ﺮﻤﺤ) 02/02/2013 05:55
Yesss #England7s have beaten Samoa 21-19 Now in to the final. Well done lads!!! #NZ7s— Debbie Whittall (@Debbie Whittall) 02/02/2013 05:55
The conch sounds early and England kick the ball out. The referee demands the line out be taken despite England protests and Samoa have one last chance. But they lose the line out, England kick the ball in to touch and this time it is over. England win 21-19 and are into the Cup final. Their first Cup final since Dubai in 2012!
Samoa score through Lio Lolo and it's 21-19 with 10 seconds left!
Samoan Try. Lio Lolo. Like this chap. Match is on. #NZ7s— iamjonnyking™ (@iamjonnyking™) 02/02/2013 05:51
Samoa re-gather but England defend brilliantly and the ball is turned over. Marcus Watson is there to dart over and England, after being down 12-0, now lead 21-12.
Stunning play from England as Dan Norton chips to the wing for Christian Lewis-Pratt, who has been superb, and he flicks inside to Mat Turner. Samoa infringe and Alatasi Tupou is sin binned!
Great play Marcus Watson. He snakes across field then picks up Christan Lewis-Pratt and England are in under the posts. Samoa have had all the play but suddenly England lead 14-12 at half time.
Now Alatasi Tupou scores to put Samoa up 12-0 but England come straight back down the other end and a questionable Mat turner pass puts Christian Lewis-Pratt in. Samoa lead 12-7 in a tight one.
Paul Treu, SA Sevens coach, on the BlitzBokke's poor tournament:
"I think right from the start it wasn't a good start, and it most certainly isn't a good finish.
So many lessons learnt, but we have learnt them before. I know this team has more to offer than what the score board is saying.
But they need to keep the faith, keep the belief and hopefully we can amends in Vegas."
Afa Aiono opens the scoring for Samoa in the first Cup semi and the Manu lead England 5-0.
Cup Semi Manu Samoa 7s vs England in 9mins. Let's GO BLUE! Keep the fire burning and legs churning. IT'S MANU TIME!#NZ7s— manu fanatiks (@manu fanatiks) 02/02/2013 05:26
We now wait for the first Cup semi final as England take on rampant Samoa. The crowd goes berserk as the All Blacks Sevens come out to warm up before their semi final against Kenya. Can Willy Ambaka and Collins Injera conquer the mighty Sevens ABs?
RT @jmoonlight12: Up next is the bowl final vs Fiji. Time to get pumped up #bowlhunting #NZ7s— Red Churi (@Red Churi) 02/02/2013 05:25
Congratulations snow globes - the supreme costume winner at the 2013 #NZ7s— Michael Forbes (@Michael Forbes) 02/02/2013 05:24
Australia now go through to the Plate final where they will play Scotland for the second time in the tournament, Australia beat them 29-5 in their Pool D clash yesterday. While for South Africa a very disappointing tournament is over after they won just one game from five matches losing along the way to Canada, Samoa, Kenya and Australia.
Chris Dry gets a late consolation try but it's too little too late for the BlitzBokke. Paul Delport is then palmed off ignominiously by Ben Adams who strolls in for Australia's fourth try. Australia win 28-12.
Top costume finalists heading to the field for judging. Snow globes, Rubik's Cubes and the Avengers among the contenders. #NZ7s— Michael Forbes (@Michael Forbes) 02/02/2013 05:17
Nice pace from Australia to score and it's converted! 21-5 to 'Straya vs RSA. Hope you had a good Aussie Day :) #HertzSevens #NZ7s— NZ Sevens (@NZ Sevens) 02/02/2013 05:14
That was GOLD. Pama Fou; pass around his man; picked up by the ex-League player on his shoes, and then gassed. TRY Aussie. 21-5, AUS. #NZ7s— iamjonnyking™ (@iamjonnyking™) 02/02/2013 05:13
A superb off load from Pama Fou is brilliantly scooped up by Shannon Walker and Australia are away again. The conversion is good and Australia lead South Africa 21-5.
But this young Australian team are fast and hungry and they hit straight back through Lewis Holland. Then after a close forward pass is called Australia go over again through Shannon Walker and they lead 14-5 at half time. Lots of work for the BlitzBokke to do in the second half.
Gotta give it to Kenya. Been consistent and playing really well. Hope they make it to the finals #Kenya7s #NZ7s— Marama (@Marama) 02/02/2013 05:08
Sustained pressure from the BlitzBokke and some excellent defence from Australia but eventually Philip Snyman makes a half break and puts Cornal Hendricks over. It Cornal's fifth try of the tournament and South Africa lead Australia 7-0.
RT @GoldCoast7s: Australia take on South Africa in the Semi-Final of the Plate competition now! Live on @FOXSportsAUS #NZ7s— Susan Andrews (@Susan Andrews) 02/02/2013 05:02
Great stomping given out by Scotland! Great to see some strong effort coming from them. Great results #NZ7s #BackingBlue— Benjamin Kocher (@Benjamin Kocher) 02/02/2013 04:58
James Fleming scores a final try for Scotland, Colin Gregor converts and Scotland are in the Plate final after a 35-5 victory, where they will play the winner of our next match - Australia vs South Africa.
But Scotland strike back straight away with Russell Weir going over for a joyously celebrated try and Colin Gregor landing his fourth straight conversion - Scotland 28 - Argentina 5.
If we upset NZ at the set piece, we have a chance. And we have the men to do it @BernardNdong @MjKaranja #NZ7s— Philip Sambu (@Philip Sambu) 02/02/2013 04:54
IRB Wellington 7s. #NZ7s @Spain7s consigue 5 puntos y viaja a #USA7s con ganas de seguir luchando. Ánimo leones!!!! Un fuerte abrazo.— Nacho Pérez (@Nacho Pérez) 02/02/2013 04:53
Good to see the little countries moving up and building skills in the game #LoveForTheGame #Rugby @IRBSevens— Miss Sporty © (@Miss Sporty ©) 02/02/2013 04:53
Joaquin Diaz Bonilla sprints away for Argentina and they are on the board. Scotland lead 21-5 in this Plate semi final.
On the conch of half time Michael Fedo goes in for Scotland's third try and they lead Argentina 21-0 at half time.
Scotland continue their impressive form over the weekend as they lead Argentina 14-0 in the Plate semi final through tries to Mark Robertson and Scott Riddell.
Fiji now go in to the Bowl final against high flying Canada while for the brave French their tournament is over.
#NZ7s french did good but fiji did beter!!— madelein van niekerk (@madelein van niekerk) 02/02/2013 04:37
Joji Baleviani Raqamate races away for Fiji and scores his second try to bring it to 17-14 and with the last play of the game after the conch Benito Masilevu scores outwide to give Fiji a remarkable victory - 19-17.
Paul Albaladejo wrestles his way over from close range and France have some breathing room up 17-7 over Fiji in this Bowl semi final. Three minutes to go.
Woooooha woke up to news Kenya beat SA cc @_lucasville @imsla @echeburet @KenyaRugby247 #Kenya7s #NZ7s #WeAreTheHeavyWeights #COYK— TheMburu George (@TheMburu George) 02/02/2013 04:30
@IRBSevens come on #Fiji - #France playing well #NZ7s not as well as #Samoa though cheeeehoooo! #Faamalosi #islandrugby— LBKV (@LBKV) 02/02/2013 04:28
@IRBSevens Well done guys.......all or nothing! wembe ni ule ule ! Kenya will win the cup because we can !— Anthony Wahome (@Anthony Wahome) 02/02/2013 04:24
#JulienCandelon gets his 9th try this weekend. Half-time: France 12-7 Fiji Bowl semi-final #NZ7s— Maru Ririnui (@Maru Ririnui) 02/02/2013 04:24
Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yeeeeeeeeeeesss!! #Kenya7s beat #SA7s 21-20 #LoundandProud #NZ7s #Wellington7s— Grey Gachanja (@Grey Gachanja) 02/02/2013 04:23
Once more Julien Candelon sprints away to score and finish off some great build up from France. It's Candelon's ninth try and he'd be the first picked in any team of the tournament. France lead 12-7 at half time.
Julien Candelon, the tournament's top tryscorer with eight tries, fights his way over and France lead 5-0. But then an inspired cross field kick from Nemani Nagusa sets up at try for Joji Baleviani Raqamate and Fiji take the lead 7-5.
Canada now face the winnner of our next match, France and Fiji, in the Bowl final. For Spain it's the end of the 2013 Hertz Sevens.
Conor Trainor goes over and Canada are in cruise control 31-0. Ciaran Hearn picks up an injury but still makes a big tackle although he only has one good arm. With a man advantage Spain finally score through Juan Cano. Final score - Canada 31-7.
Canada are working their way up the Rugby 7's ranks by playing so damn good. Keeping their eye on Rio eh? #NZ7s— L (@L) 02/02/2013 04:01
Taylor Paris eludes about four defenders to score his second and Canada's third try to put the Canucks up 17-0 and after the conch Spain discover they can't fight the moonlight as John Moonlight goes over to make it 24-0 at half time.
Canada continue their impressive form on day two against Spain as they lead 12-0 thanks to tries to Sean Duke, his fourth for the tournament, and Taylor Paris.
USA dominate the second half with tries to Jack Halalilo and Blaine Scully but Wales hold on to edge the Eagles 17-15. Wales now face Tonga in the Bowl final while the USA can start thinking about Vegas.
That loss hurts. So close. “@USAEaglesRugby: Hooter goes and Wales kick it out the back to win. USA 15 - WAL 17 FINAL #nz7s #usarugby”— Hagoth Lelepali (@Hagoth Lelepali) 02/02/2013 03:53
USA take an early lead against Wales in the second Bowl semi final through a try to Matt Hawkins but the Red Dragons hit back with three tries to Luke Morgan, Rhys Shellard and Will Thomas to lead 17-5 at half time.
RT @BlitzBokke: #NZ7s Coming through at PACE ! Man, the Ambaka can fly! Try time.— marvin mwangi (@marvin mwangi) 02/02/2013 03:38
Gordon Tietjens, All Blacks Sevens coach, on the win over Australia:
"I was rapt at the turnaround. We had to, it was pretty disappointing yesterday"
"We owed it to the crowd. It's our own tournament here, and we've gotta do well."
(On Kenya in the semi final) "We've got a tough one coming up against Kenya... They're a very formidable team, unbeaten so far..."
Quotes courtesy of @StaceyKirkNZ
Another try for Tonga to Saia Palei and they clinch a 17-7 victory over Portugal. Tonga will now go through to the Bowl final while for Portugal their tournament is over.
Portugal hit back with a well taken try to Joao Lino. Tonga lead 10-7 with three minutes to go.
Kenya 7s to New Zealand :- "We have got the hearts of Lions, we fear no one" #nz7s #wellington7s #ShujaaPride #LoudAndProud #Kenya7s— Katami Michelle (@Katami Michelle) 02/02/2013 03:18
#Kenya vs #NewZealand SemiFinal is @9.00am, what a way to start ghe weekend. #TeamKenya #Shujaa #NZ7s #fb— Mahugu Njau (@Mahugu Njau) 02/02/2013 03:17
Tonga have started well against Portugal in the first Bowl semi final and lead 10-0 at half time thanks to tries from Tevita Halaifonua and Titali Mau.
Gillies Kaka after he scored two tries for the All Blacks Sevens in the win over Australia:
"I think we played really well after yesterday. We owed it to ourselves..."
"Our attitude to the game - the boys weren't really up to it yesterday but everyone seemed to click today and get into it."
"The boys got a bit of a rark up ... and today the intensity was there."
Quotes courtesy of @StaceyKirkNZ
Jubilation at the #Wellington7s as #7KEN beat #7RSA in the @IRBSevens. Fantastic.— Mwakundia (@Mwakundia) 02/02/2013 03:03
So the Cup and Plate semi finals are set:
Cup semi finals
England vs Samoa
New Zealand vs Kenya
Plate semi finals
Scotland vs Argentina
Australia vs South Africa
A mistake from Kenya and South Africa have the ball at the line out. Last chance. But Stephan Dippennaar throws a forward pass and Kenya win 21-20!
RT @sumostevenson: This tournament is so good! Great footy, great fans, great weather - it's a treasure! #nz7s— Rachel Fidow (@Rachel Fidow) 02/02/2013 02:57
#NZ7s Darn! That forward pass was so wrong. Hooter goes and Kenya is ecstatic!— BlitzBokke (@BlitzBokke ) 02/02/2013 02:57
Great try to Chris Dry for South Africa but Kenya hit back straight away through Willy Ambaka. Kenya lead 21-20! Great match.
Some big defence from South Africa but Kenya get a penalty for offside and Collins Injera puts Willy Ambaka through. 15-14 to South Africa. A one point game!
RT @FOXSportsNews: Australia come up short going down 24-5 to NZ in Cup quarter-finals of New Zealand @IRBSevens— Greg Clark (@Greg Clark) 02/02/2013 02:48
South Africa steal a line out and Stephan Dippenaar throws a wide ball to Cornal Hendricks who scores his second try in less than a minute. Moments later South Africa get a penalty and Dippenaar gets a try for himself. From 7-0 down South Africa have hit back with three quick tries to lead 15-7.
@USASevensRugby @IRBSevens @NZIntnlSevens HT BlitzBokke 15 - Kenya 7. Good job by @paultreu men after being down, are now up.— Albert Caravelli (@Albert Caravelli) 02/02/2013 02:47
South Africa hit back. A neat cross field kick by Paul Delport is caught by Stephan Dippenaar who feeds to Cornal Hendricks who scores in the corner. Conversion missed. Kenya lead 7-5.
A mistake from South Africa and Collins Injera swoops to race away and score the game's first try. Conversion is good and Kenya lead 7-0.
Tom Cusack gets a late consolation try for Australia but the All Blacks Sevens have run out comfortable winners 24-5. New Zealand are into the Cup semi finals to take on the winner of our next match - the all African clash between Kenya and South Africa. Australia go into the Plate semi finals.
Another long range try to Gillies Kaka set up by Ben Lam who is having a huge game. New Zealand lead 24-0 and are starting day two in the perfect fashion.
New Zealand in complete control here as Sam Dickson scores wide out. This time Tomasi Cama can't convert but the home fans are delighted as the All Blacks Sevens lead 19-0.
Australia are defending desperately with just six men but the ball comes to Ben Lam who steps through Lewis Holland's tackle and runs away to score. New Zealand lead 14-0, great half for the experienced All Blacks Sevens. Showing all the tactical knowledge.
1st Half: 31. Australia 0 - 7 New Zealand QF Cup Ben Adams (AUST) YELLOW CARD ----- #HertzSeven #NZ7s #Sevens #RugbyRedefined— RugbyRedefined (@RugbyRedefined) 02/02/2013 02:25
Big tackle from Pama Fou on Ben Lam but New Zealand hold on to the ball. Tim Mikkelson chips ahead and is tripped by Ben Adams. Adams is sent to the sin bin.
7-8 February 2014
Venue: Westpac Stadium