- Latest from the fourth round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in New Zealand
- A huge day of upsets with Scotland beating Fiji and England upsetting New Zealand!
- Australia and Scotland in the Cup quarters while Fiji miss out
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That's all from an incredible day of upsets here at day one of the Hertz Sevens in Wellington, join us tomorrow at 13.00 NZT for a great day of Quarter finals including the all-African clash between Kenya and South Africa, the 'Calcutta Cup' preview between Scotland and England and the oceania battle between Australia and host New Zealand. See you then!
Full line up for the Bowl quarter finals tomorrow:
Match 25: 13:00 (NZT) Spain vs Portugal
Match 26: 13:22 (NZT) Canada vs Tonga
Match 27: 13:44 (NZT) Fiji vs United States
Match 28: 14:06 (NZT) France vs Wales
Full Cup quarter final line up tomorrow:
Match 29: 14:33 (NZT) England vs Scotland
Match 30: 14:55 (NZT) Samoa v Argentina
Match 31: 15:17 (NZT) Australia v New Zealand
Match 32: 15:39 (NZT) Kenya v South Africa
Gordon Tietjens, All Blacks Sevens coach, on improving on day two:
"It's about the team looking at themselves, we have played some terrible Sevens today, in some ways some of the experienced players aren't performing as they want to.
I suppose the gap between Port Elizabeth and here is quite extreme. You look at Australia, they went to Fiji (for the Sevens tournament there last weekend) and they were firing today, and perhaps that is what we need."
RT @IRBSevens: Cup quarter finals in New Zealand: England v Scotland, Samoa v Argentina, Australia v New Zealand and Kenya v South Afric ...— TOM (@TOM) 01/02/2013 09:35
Titch needs to trust the rookies tomorrow, the old boys have lost edge #NZ7s— Paul (@Paul) 01/02/2013 09:31
New Zealand book their place in the Cup quarter finals as Pool A runner-up! What a day of action, stay tuned for more photos and reaction from Gordon Tietjens, as well as highlights from day one!
Carlin Isles jogs on to the pitch. Can he show his speed and give USA a chance?
“@Scotlandteam: Sco7s will join the rest of our representative teams playing Eng this weekend,Cup QF final at the #NZ7s" Well deserved!— David Denton (@David Denton) 01/02/2013 09:11
Ben Lam and Tomasi Cama give New Zealand a 17-5 lead, and the hosts look set for a showdown with Tasman rivals Australia in the Cup quarters.
USA lead 5-0 through a try to Nick Edwards but after the siren Tomasi Cama goes over for New Zealand. The All Blacks Sevens lead 7-5 at half time.
Try time USA! Nick Edwards collects Halalilo's offload and goes in for the score! USA 5 - NZ 0 #nz7s #usarugby— USA Rugby (@USA Rugby) 01/02/2013 09:01
It's now the All Blacks Sevens vs the USA and amazingly if the USA wins they'll be into the Cup quarters tomorrow and New Zealand will be in the Bowl. Impossible, not today!
Another try to Setefano Cakau and the Fijian supporters here in Wellington finally have something to cheer about. A late try to Ilai Tinai and Fiji finish the day with a win - 24-7 - over plucky Portugal.
There is no such thing as an easy Day 1 pool anymore in @IRBSevens . It has totally opened up each round and made it a better competition.— Michael Corcoran (@Michael Corcoran) 01/02/2013 08:45
Even though we've yet to win, we can still advance with a win over host country New Zealand. #NZ7s— Nathanael Moon (@Nathanael Moon) 01/02/2013 08:44
Samisoni Viriviri races away to score for Fiji but Portugal hit back through Pedro Bettencourt. However Fiji have the last say of the first half with Setefano Cakau powering his way over. Fiji lead 12-7 at the break.
Tough way to end the day. Looking to regroup and come out strong tomorrow morning. #bowlhunting #nz7s— John Moonlight (@John Moonlight) 01/02/2013 08:37
Well done @paultreu @bokrugby and all the #Blitzbokke. Bad start but good turn around to make the Cup 1/4s. #NZ7s #Believe.— Catherine McGrenera (@Catherine McGrenera) 01/02/2013 08:36
In an all african Cup Quarter final tomorrow South Africa will now play Kenya at 3.39m NZT (4.39am SAT) - so set those alarm clocks now!
South Africa have not missed a tackle in the entire match. What a performance! They have a scrum feed in Wales half and only forty seconds to go. But they decide to keep attacking and after a good build up Stephan Dippenaar scores his second try. South Africa win 21-0 and are now in the Cup quarters. The BlitzBokke are back from the dead! So unlucky for Wales.
South Africa have defended incredibly well in the first 12 minutes. Two minutes to go and they still lead 14-0. Both teams exhausted now.
Nice try for @dippies13 - #Blitzbokke now lead 14-0. #NZ7s #SSRugby— Brenden Nel (@Brenden Nel) 01/02/2013 08:26
The BlitzBokke defend well and Stephan Dippenaar breaks away to score for South Africa. They now lead 14-0 and are Cup quarters bound. Three minutes left! Wales must score now.
Wales get a penalty and Lee Williams puts it into touch. Pool C on a knife edge. South Africa lead 7-0. Remember South Africa need to win by ten or more to go through to the Cup quarters. Anything else and Wales go through.
Wahoo England through to quarters. Defence the key to England's success today #NZ7s— Greg Barden (@Greg Barden) 01/02/2013 08:17
Paul Treu, South Africa's coach is edgy on the sideline. At this stage Wales still go through to the Quarters. Nerve wracking stuff.
Seems like @Mat_turner11 is killing it at the #NZ7s .. Comeback kid— Jonno Robertson (@Jonno Robertson) 01/02/2013 08:16
It's a tight start and after two minutes it's 0-0. South Africa have a scrum on the Wales 22 and they work it to the right. They come back to the left and Frankie Horne goes over. Philip Snyman converts and the BlitzBokke lead 7-0.
England defeat Spain 28-5 with tries to Mat Turner, Marcus Watson, Tom Powell and Sam Edgerley. They win Pool A and will play Scotland in the Cup quarters tomorrow.
Next up South Africa vs Wales. A win to South Africa by ten points and South Africa go through to the Cup quarters. A win for South Africa by anything less, a draw or a win to Wales and Wales will go through to the Cup. Canada can't make the Cup quarters sadly due to poor for and against.
A great try to Javier Canosa and Spain trail 21-5.
If this result holds firm. England will take on Scotland in the Cup Quarters. #NZ7s #SixNationsInSevens— iamjonnyking™ (@iamjonnyking™) 01/02/2013 08:03
Tom Powell goes over for a close range five pointer and England now lead 21-0.
Jesse Parahi, Australia, on a perfect first day for the Aussies:
"The boys have been training really well the past couple of weeks, and we came out with the goods today, hopefully we can back it up tomorrow.
"We have come a long way, and everyone is starting to know their roles properly. We will give it our best shot in the Cup quarters."
Spain looking dangerous but they spill the ball metres out from the England line. England defending like tigers, or is that lions? Half time England lead 14-0.
España intenta reaccionar y se va al ataque #animoLeones en #NZ7s #ENG 14-0 #ESP— España Rugby (@España Rugby) 01/02/2013 07:55
England are turning it on and Marcus Watson sprints away for their second try. They lead Spain 14-0 and look good bets to win Pool A.
Mat Turner opens the account for England as he continues to impress on his return from injury. 7-0 to England, a victory would see them through to their first Cup quarter final this season.
@IRBSevens Some great games and Wellington looks amazing #NZ7s #Rugby— Jonathan Hooper (@Jonathan Hooper) 01/02/2013 07:48
Australia living up to our expectations as they finish top of Pool D with 3 victories and best Scotland in their final game 29 - 5.#NZ7s— RuggaInfo (@RuggaInfo ) 01/02/2013 07:46
Scotland claw one back through James Fleming but it's too little too late as Shannon Walker scores another for Australia to win 29-5. Stephen Gemmell's side will still compete in the Cup quarter final tomorrow, against the Pool A winner, whilst Australia will meet the runner-up from Pool A.
Australia playing with tremendous composure and confidence and they are in again through Jordan Tuapou finishing off a great team try. 24-0 to Australia over Scotland.
Allan Fa'alava'au tiptoes down the touchline to score a brillant try and Australia are well in control 17-0 at half time.
So Fiji is out for the cup final...so im gonna cheer for aussie! Yayah! #Nz7s— Bella Stevens (@Bella Stevens) 01/02/2013 07:34
The two surprise packets of the day - Scotland and Australia - are up now and Australia take the lead after Pama Fou sets up at try for Con Foley. And a second try to Lewis Holland and Australia lead 12-0 after four minutes.
Well done to Frankie Horne on 45 consecutive @IRBSevens tournaments! Brilliant achievement for such a physically tough sport. #BlitzBokke— Tom Sizeland (@Tom Sizeland) 01/02/2013 07:32
Scotland and Australia are through but meet in the next game to decide who goes through top #nz7s— In At The Side (@In At The Side) 01/02/2013 07:24
#NZ7s Oh Em Gee! This is possibly the coolest brass band in the world! Well done NZ Military Brass Band. They can play AND do the #Haka!— BlitzBokke (@BlitzBokke ) 01/02/2013 07:17
The parade of nations currently taking place on the pitch. Next up is Australia v Scotland in the Pool D decider. The two lowest ranked sides in the pool coming in to the tournament after Port Elizabeth, who would have thought it?
Argentina re-gather the kick off and boot the ball into touch. The Pumas win 17-14 and finish second in Pool B behind undefeated Kenya. France now go into the Bowl tomorrow while Argentina will contest the Cup.
Argentina get a penalty and they decide to go for goal. A beautiful kick from Javier Rojas who slots it from outside the 22 as smooth as you like. Argentina lead 17-14.
France keep the ball and eventually Vincent Inigo is put away to score from seventy metres. Terry Bouhraoua converts and it's 14-all. France are now in the box seat for the Cup Quarters.
Inspired by their live wire Terry Bouhraoua France go over for a try to Paul Albaladejo to make it 7-7 but on the stroke of half time Ramiro Moyano sprints away for a superb solo try for Argentina, converted by Javier Rojas and Argentina lead 14-7 at the break.
Three wins in Three games. Kaboom! Go Lions #Kenya7s @IRBSevens— Manu Mutuma (@Manu Mutuma) 01/02/2013 06:41
Argentina take the early lead over France in this must win Pool B match with a converted try to Facundo Panceyra Garrido. Argentina lead 7-0 with the winner going into the Cup quarter finals tomorrow.
Our #Kenya7s day one MVP, Oscar Ouma. Respect this man. #Wellington7s #Nz7s #Shujaa http://t.co/UAQbsIai— Kenya Rugby 24/7 (@Kenya Rugby 24/7) 01/02/2013 06:37
Canada are on the attack but the ball goes loose and Tulolo Tulolo pounces to run away and score for Samoa. They lead 26-7. A late consolation try to Sean Duke, his second for the day, sees Canada lose 26-12. Who makes the Cup quarters in Pool C now all comes down to the final match between Wales and South Africa.
@IRBSevens this friday guy is got a bunch of majic tricks— Armstrong Kioli (@Armstrong Kioli) 01/02/2013 06:26
Lio Lolo bursts through for his second try of the match and now Samoa lead 19-7 with five minutes left.
Mike Friday, Kenya coach, on a great first day:
"We are looking for consistency in performance from the Kenyan boys, and so far so good.
"It is a bit early to be talking about that [winning the Cup]. We have had a good day, we have a ticket to the Cup but day two is a different tournament."
Samoa are so dangerous and seconds later Lio Lolo goes over. The conversion is good and within the blink of an eye it's Samoa 14-7.
Philip Mack goes over for Canada and the conversion from Nathan Hirayama sees Canada lead Samoa 7-0. But a minute later Reupena Levasa bursts over for Samoa and scores are level 7-7.
RT @MinistryOfRugby: Game 17: Kenya 17-10 Tonga. Ambaka Scores. 2ND Half. #Wellington7s. #HertzSevens. #NZ7s. #Kenya7s— George (@George) 01/02/2013 06:16
Kenya through Day One, unbeaten. They sit atop of Pool B. #NEXT Samoa v Canada #NZ7s— iamjonnyking™ (@iamjonnyking™) 01/02/2013 06:11
Willy Ambaka scores the next try for Kenya, which proves decisive as they march into the Cup quarter finals after beating Tonga 17-10.
Tonga score again through a great try to Taniela Kilioni but the conversion is missed and Kenya lead 12-10 with four minutes left.
On the stroke of half time Fautasi Mau scores for Tonga and they trail 12-5 against Kenya.
Kenya have been the most consistent team of the tournament to date and they start with a great try against Tonga. A long run from Oscar Ayodi finishes with an excellent inside pass to Collins Injera to score his 11th try of the season. Minutes later Philip Wamae scores. Kenya lead Tonga 12-0.
RT @BlitzBokke: Day of upsets at #NZ7s with South Africa and Fiji both booted out of Cup contention. Hosts NZ lost 1st match, up now vs ...— Danielle Moult (@Danielle Moult) 01/02/2013 05:53
Mat Turner scores for England to put them ahead 12-5 but Dan Bibby misses the conversion and Maka Unufe sprints away to score for the USA in the last play of the game. Folau Niua nails the conversion and another shock as England, the conquerors of New Zealand, and the USA tie 12-all. England will still win the Pool if they beat Spain. Today, nothing is certain.
This is the first time in the history of the IRB Sevens World Series that Fiji have not qualified for the Cup quarter finals.
A mistake by the USA and England pounce. Christian Lewis-Pratt goes over and then lands the conversion. England can breathe again as they lead 7-5.
A try to the USA Eagles for Luke Hume and the USA lead 5-0 over England at half time. Surely not another upset ...
Rocky Khan scores with his first ever touch in the HSBC Sevens World Series and New Zealand run out 36-5 winners over Spain with second half tries to the originally named Belgium Tuatagaloa, Tim Mkikelson and Luke Masirewa. Juan Goia Iriberri scores for Spain.
Stephen Gemmell, Scotland coach, on beating Fiji and reaching the Cup quarter finals:
"Fiji we knew were bringing a lot of new players. It makes them dangerous but also gives you a chance. If you are going to play one of the big teams you are best to get them first up. The boys had confidence from beating them in the last tournament and they took that into the match. It was a real team effort.
It has been a long 20 months without a Cup quarter final. The boys have a bit more confidence and they have a lot more self belief, that is important."
A try to New Zealand to Tomasi Cama and they lead 10-0 at half time against Spain.
Kurt Baker opens the scoring for the All Blacks Sevens against Spain. New Zealand 5 Spain 0.
Who'd a thought...#SouthAfrica and #Fiji goooooone after 2 games Day 1 #NZ7s— Geoff Alley (@Geoff Alley ) 01/02/2013 05:06
Ulaiyasi Lawavou scores a great team try for Fiji but Australia hold on to win 21-12 and book their place in the Cup quarters. Fiji were simply outplayed by this young Australian team who were simply hungrier, more skilfull and surprisingly faster.
Australian fans are wondering where has this Australian team been in the first three rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series as Tom Cusack scores Australia's third try. Australia now lead 21-5 over mighty Fiji and will play in the Cup quarters tomorrow.
Superb try to Ben Adams as he bullocks his way through the Fiji defence. Conversion is good and Australia now lead pre-tournament favourites Fiji 14-5. Are Fiji set to lose their second match of the tournament and miss the Cup quarters?
Fiji start quickly with a try to Joji Baleviani Raqamate but the young Australians are pumped today and hit back with a try to Sean McMahon. Australia convert and lead 7-5. Another upset on the cards?
Here we go! Australia vs Fiji are about to come out onto the field! Whose gonna win? Cos it's all about upsets up in here yo. #NZ7s— NZ Sevens (@NZ Sevens) 01/02/2013 04:44
Jose Vareta scores wide out for Portugal and Diogo Moranda has a chance to tie the match but his conversion attempt falls short. Scotland win 19-17 and will play in the Cup quarters tomorrow.
Scotland wins their 2nd of the day! Things are looking up! #NZ7s— Benjamin Kocher (@Benjamin Kocher) 01/02/2013 04:43
Amazing pace from Duarte Moreira sets up a try under the sticks for Pedro Bettencourt for Portugal but Scotland show some pace of their own as Michael Fedo sprints 60 metres to score. Scotland lead 19-12.
Scott Riddell goes over for Scotland and the Scots looking good for the Cup quarters as they lead 14-5 over Portugal.
I'm enjoying the #NZ7s this year haha. The wales vs samoa game was supurb & this portugal vs scotland game is bangin, supporting the scots— CristenaJae (@CristenaJae) 01/02/2013 04:30
Diogo Miranda hits back for Portugal. This is the 25th time these two sides have met, with Portugal looking for their 11th win, and their first against Scotland since the 2012 Tokyo Sevens.
Mark Robertson gives Scotland the lead against Portugal, as he crosses under the posts. 7-0, as the Scots look to continue their impressive form that saw them beat Fiji in their opening match.
James Davies scores a well worked try for Wales to bring it back to 14-12 but a late try to Anthony Tailua seals it for Samoa. Samoa win 19-12 to virtually book themselves a spot in the Cup quarters.
Adam Thomas goes over early for Wales but Afa Aiono hits back for Samoa with the try of the tournament so far as the ball passes through twenty sets of hands. Then just before half time Patrick Faapale puts Samoa ahead 14-7 with a long range score.
#NZ7s Big losses for big teams.NZ,Fiji,RSA.Wellington leg proving to be highly competetive— Mokua (@Mokua) 01/02/2013 04:03
A late try to Seabalo Senatla for the Blitzbokke but it's only consolation. Canada win 26-15 and the Boks look like they are out of the Cup after losing their first two matches. Disappointing for South Africa. Canada too big, too fast and too strong.
A superb offload from Ciaran Hearn puts Sean Duke away for his second try and moments later John Moonlight scores to put Canada in command at 26-10.
Nathan Hirayama scores for Canada and they lead 14-5 but on the stroke of half time Chris Dry hits back for South Africa and it's 14-10 to Canada at half time over South Africa.
Canada score first but S.Africa hit right back. Miss the conversion so score is 7-5 to the Canadians. #HertzSevens #NZ7s— NZ Sevens (@NZ Sevens) 01/02/2013 03:43
Sean Duke scores for Canada but Cornal Hendricks hits back for the Blitzbokke. Canada lead 7-5 in this crucial Pool C match.
Kenya clearly loving the conditions here as Oscar Ouma bursts away with a strong run down the touchline to score the Lions second try. They defeat Argentina 12-0 and look well on track for the Cup quarter-finals. They just need to beat Tonga to win the Pool in their last match. It's the right day of the week for Mike Friday's boys.
Gob Bluth is spewing. RT @emmalstoney: Kudos to the Sky Sports cameraman shooting on his Segway. #nz7s http://t.co/jNIUaIWp #HertzSevens— NZ Sevens (@NZ Sevens) 01/02/2013 03:24
RT @GregBarden: Just woke up to see that England beat NZ at #NZ7s great start can't wait to get into sky and start watching @IRBSevens a ...— Chris Cracknell (@Chris Cracknell) 01/02/2013 03:24
Willy Ambaka strides a way to score, his second try of the tournament, and the impressive Kenya lead 5-0. Facundo Panceyra Garrido has a chance to even it up for Argentina on half time but he spills the ball with the line open!
England coach Ben Ryan after the upset win over the All Blacks Sevens:
"We have got those games in us, we played well, but we were a bit scratchy in defence. I am delighted we won but we have a lot more to give, there were times there when we weren't quite as clinical as I would have liked. We need to keep that type of intensity, and our goal for the weekend is to keep improving."
A try to the little French dynamo Terry Bouhraoua and France have won this one 33-7 against Tonga, bouncing back from their loss to Kenya in the first match of the day. Now Kenya are in action against Argentina.
Put your hands up in the air everybody.....Heeeeyyy Heeeeeyyy Babyy oooh aahhhh, i wana know, if you'd be my girl.... #NZ7s— Noskee Kacavou (@Noskee Kacavou) 01/02/2013 03:09
And Julian Candelon is in for his fourth try of the tournament in just two games! France in control at 28-7 over Tonga.
HT score is 21-7 to France vs Tonga. What a game coming up! Argentina vs Kenya. Still waiting on that coffee people! #Jokes #Maybe #NZ7s— NZ Sevens (@NZ Sevens) 01/02/2013 03:07
A very clever infield grubber kick by Vincent Deniau sees him go over for France's second try and they lead 14-7 over Tonga. And moments later Manoel Dall Igna twists his way over from close range and France are up 21-7 at half time.
Julien Candelon goes over for his third try - he has scored every try for France so far at the tournament - and they lead Tonga 7-0. But seconds later Saia Palei scores his second try of the Hertz Sevens and scores are locked up at 7-all.
Spain hold out in a tight win to defeat the USA 10-5 and Pool A is now wide open with upsets in the first two games.
Love a good lifesaver! RT @wellington_nz: Costume gazing as everyone makes their way along the waterfront to the #NZ7s http://t.co/rx7kFuNX— NZ Sevens (@NZ Sevens) 01/02/2013 02:44
Marcus Poggi goes over for his second try of the match and Spain lead the USA 10-5.
Spain hit back through a strong try to Marcus Poggi and at half time it's all locked up at 5-5 between the USA and Spain.
#MatTurner - still the most complete layer in the IRB World 7s Series, despite only having just come back from a broken ankle #Class #NZ7s— Maru Ririnui (@Maru Ririnui) 01/02/2013 02:41
The crowd is still stunned here in Wellington as England have just beaten the All Blacks Sevens. But there's no time to draw breath - as USA go in for an early try against Spain to Jack Halalilo. USA lead 5-0.
RT @IRBSevens: First major upset of the #NZ7s - Scotland beat Fiji 14-12— peter slattery (@peter slattery) 01/02/2013 02:35
RT @ToddsClever: Watching the #NZ7s now. Getting ready for Team USA to take on Spain. #GOHardBoys #LovingVIPboxTV— ThisIsAmericanRugby (@ThisIsAmericanRugby) 01/02/2013 02:32
i believe this New Zealand have been beaten on their own turf. @IRBSevens— Ogombe Maxwel (@Ogombe Maxwel) 01/02/2013 02:32
Don't count NZ out peepz... You will see them in the Finals.. This is their HOME GROUND #NZ7s #HertzSevens— William Tupou (@William Tupou) 01/02/2013 02:32
David Raikuna hits back with a try for the All Blacks Sevens but Matt Turner makes a break and easily runs around Tomasi Cama to score out wide. The conversion is missed but England hold on for the second big upset in a row. England 19 New Zealand 14!
Superb defence from England. Every New Zealand ball runner is being cut down by a tenacious English defender round their ankles.
And England lead! After a determined build up Mat Turner goes over from close range. England lead 14-7 at half time. Another upset on the cards?
Dan Norton strikes back for England with the speedster twinkling his way through the defence to score. New Zealand and England all locked up at 7-all.
Now it's the All Black Sevens versus England. England start well with lots of possession but New Zealand turn it over and Kurt Baker streaks away. First of many tries no doubt this weekend for the All Blacks Sevens flyer. New Zealand 7 England 0.
Fiji are on the attack deep in Scotland's 22 but a penalty goes to Scotland. From the line out Scotland boot the ball out and a huge upset. Scotland have beaten Fiji 14-12!
@DanCarter wish me luck to get through the me next two days of #NZ7s epic crowd epic games! #bringiton— Olivia Cramond (@Olivia Cramond) 01/02/2013 02:05
James Fleming makes a long break and is tackled just short but the ball is swung wide for Andrew Turnbull to score. Conversion is good from Colin Gregor and Scotland lead 14-12!
Scotland have a chance to breakout but the ball is spilt and Samisoni Viriviri goes over outwide for Fiji. The conversion is mssed and Fiji lead 12-7.
Pama Fou, Ben Adams, Con Foley and Shannon Walker scored tries for Australia while Lewis Holland landed two conversions. #NZ7s— Rugby News (@Rugby News) 01/02/2013 01:53
Scotland have beaten Fiji five times out of 28 matches in the HSBC Sevens World Series. Will this be number 6?
The Scots hit back through a well worked try to speedster Michael Fedo. 7-all between Fiji and Scotland at half time. A great performance from Scotland!
@RugbyEng v @RugbyNZ_ at the #NZ7s! Looking forward to this one! #rugbyunited— #RugbyUSA (@#RugbyUSA) 01/02/2013 01:48
Samisoni Viriviri makes a charge for the corner but is brought down in a superb tackle by Colin Gregor. But moments later Manueli Lagai bursts over and Fiji leads Scotland 7-0.
Now it's Fiji vs Scotland. Good luck to the fighting Scots against the talented Flying Fijians.
A late try to Shannon Walker and a good first up win to Australia 24-5 over Portugal. Australia keen to get their HSBC Sevens World Series back on track.
Beautiful start to the sevens #NZ7s http://t.co/36F1rgyL— Jamie Fairmaid (@Jamie Fairmaid) 01/02/2013 01:34
Australia are in again with a try to Con Foley and this tenacious young Australian team are determined not to let this one slip. They lead 17-5 with a minute left.
A huge cheer here in Wellington as the All Blacks Sevens come out for their warm up. They're on the field for their first match against England at 3.12pm.
On half time Portugal hit back with Duarte Moreira racing away to score. Australia lead 12-5 after tries to Pama Fou and Ben Adams.
Australia start with a flurry and score two quick tries. They lead Portugal 12-0. Mick O'Connor's young team are all fired up.
Next up giant killers Portugal take on the young Australian team.
Fantastic match as Canada hit back. Tyler Ardon battles his way over with a big stretch. Conversion is missed and Wales cling on 19-17. But from the kick off Wales break away through Luke Morgan and he backs up well to take the return pass and score under the posts. Wales win 26-17.
Must respond now Canada. Must eliminate unforced errors. #GoCanadaGo #NZ7s— Jeff Hull (@Jeff Hull) 01/02/2013 01:15
And Wales hit back! Amazing try to Alex Webber who steps off his left then right foot to totally bamboozle the Canada defence. Conversion is good - Wales lead 19-12.
Seconds in to the second half and Canada are in. A long break from Nathan Hirayama is finished off well by John Moonlight. No moonlight between the teams though as they are locked up 12-12.
Straight from the kick off Wales regather and they are in again through Adam Thomas. Wales lead 12-7 at half time over Canada. Everybody's coming from behind today.
On half time Alex Webber shows superb pace for Wales to out sprint the Canadian defence and score in the left hand corner. Conversion is missed and it's 7-5 to Canada.
Canada off to a great start with a brilliant long range try to Nathan Hirayama. Conversion is good and they lead Wales 7-0 in the first half.
Hopefully we will see more of the Blitzbokke from the 1st half from now on than the one from the 2nd. 19-10 Samoa win. #NZ7s— Matthew Nepgen (@Matthew Nepgen) 01/02/2013 01:01
And now it's Wales in all black versus Canada in red in game four. A crucial match in the very tight Pool C!
FT:Game 3 #7RSA 10-19 #7SAM http://t.co/PyciwKrI #NZ7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 01/02/2013 01:00
NZIntnlSevens: Malo lava Samoa! In the far corner they score again. 19-10 with conversion out wide. #HertzSevens #NZ7s— Alert South Africa (@Alert South Africa) 01/02/2013 01:00
A superb kick off and regather from Samoa and they are in again with a try to Robert Lilomaiava. They now lead 19-10 after trailing 10-0, an awesome performance. Samoa will be one of the teams to beat here in Wellington.
And Samoa are in again - just too much individual skill for South Africa. After sustained pressure Patrick Faapale fights his way through under the posts. Samoa lead 14-10.
Samoa try! Alatasi Tupou bursts through for a superb individual score. South Africa lead Samoa 10-7, five minutes to go.
Game 3: Samoa 0-10 South Africa. 1st Half. #Wellington7s. #HertzSevens. #NZ7s— Arigi Obiero (@Arigi Obiero) 01/02/2013 00:51
A great first half from South Africa, finished off to a try by Cornal Hendricks but the conversion is missed. Soiuth Africa 10 Samoa 0.
Philip Snyman opens the scoring for South Africa. His conversion hits the post but it's 5-0 to the BlitzBokke.
And now two of the tournament heavyweights - Samoa vs South Africa are on the field in game three.
Ramiro Moyano scores in the left hand corner and Argentina have come out on top in a hard fought encounter over Tonga 19-12.
Martin Chiappesoni scores for the Pumas in the corner and Javier Rojas lands a brilliant conversion. Argentina lead 14-12 with ninety seconds left!
Tonga start the second half strongly and after being held up over the line, Samisoni Hafoka bursts over outwide. Tonga 12 - Argentina 7, as Tonga look to repeat their victory over Argentina last year in the Hertz Sevens.
Tonga have had most of the ball in this first half and they are rewarded with a break away try to Saia Palei. Half time Tonga 7 Argentina 7.
Argentina score first with a side conversion attempt successful. 7-0 vs The Kingdom of Tonga #HertzSevens #NZ7s— NZ Sevens (@NZ Sevens) 01/02/2013 00:26
Now it's Argentina vs Tonga in game two and Facundo Pancreya Garrido opens the scoring for the Pumas. Great conversion. Argentina 7 - Tonga 0.
Kenya get very solid 24-12 win over France. KEN Strength in tackles and some dynamic footwork; French barely had the ball in 2nd half #NZ7s— Patrick Johnston (@Patrick Johnston) 01/02/2013 00:22
Willy Ambaka races away to score the final try of the match and Kenya have won 24-12 after a superb performance in a very physical opening match.
Andrew Amonde bursts through for a superb try, after another great fend, and Kenya lead 19-12. The Lions on fire with two minutes left.
Collins Injera, the Kenyan try scoring machine, hits back straight away in the second half. France 12- Kenya 12. Great game!
Candelon scores his second try right on the half time conch and France lead 12-7 after a great first half.
Kenya hit back with a superb try to Andrew Amonde. Conversion is good and it's 7-7 in the 5th minute.
A superb try to France in the opening minute. Julien Candelon returning from injury bolts down the left hand sideline for a superb score. Conversion is landed and France lead 7-0.
RT @KenyaRugby247: In the words of Felix 'Toti' Ochieng, Its game time, GIVE THEM NOTHING! .... Kenya v France. #NZ7s Kickoff coming up— TONY ONYANGO (@TONY ONYANGO) 01/02/2013 00:00
And France and Kenya are on the field for the first match. Kenya to kick off. Here we go!
Trivia question hint: the three teams are currently first, second and third in the HSBC Sevens World Series standings?
Good luck to the England 7s boys #englandconnected #nz7s @James_Rodwell @jeffywilliams88 @benjaminryan
Five minutes to go Sevens fans! #NZ7s here we go....— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 31/01/2013 23:55
Not your usual Lambton Quay foot traffic #NZ7s http://t.co/bm7wCbbb— Dom Petrus (@Dom Petrus) 31/01/2013 23:51
1-2 February 2013
Venue: Westpac Stadium