- South Africa are champions, defeating New Zealand in the Cup final
- Canada won the Plate title
- France won the Bowl title
- Australia won the Shield title
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Reaction from Frankie Horne, South Africa captain: "I am pretty stoked. It is good for shifting the points in the log. I think the guys showed a lot of heart. It meant a lot for us, we put a lot of heart into our training, but that does not always mean you have success. We had a lot of injuries, but the guys that came in they stepped up to the plate, they brought their bit to the party, and it was a great party at the end of the day."
RT @jmoonlight12: Plate champs!! Great effort from everyone today. Also thanks to all the fans as well. The support has been awesome. #USA7s— Tabitha Fair (@Tabitha Fair) 10/02/2013 23:20
We've got some reaction from Paul Delport, South Africa, after his side were crowned Cup winners: "There are no words. It was just tremendous fight from the boys. We said after what happened last week, we never going to forget that. We set such a high standards for ourselves,s we need to come out and perform like that every time. This is huge for us. We put in so much effort back home, there are just no words, it is just testament to the guys."
I love Sevens rugby!!! Can't wait for London 7's in may and then to play in Fiji next year! Congrats SA! Great performance! #USA7s— Danny Threapleton (@Danny Threapleton) 10/02/2013 23:09
RT @bokrugby: Well done #BlitzBokke with this win at #USA7s beating NZ 40-21 in final. Second win at this venue for South Africa!— zac carter (@zac carter) 10/02/2013 23:10
Australia's Lewis Holland ends the weekend as the tournament's top points scorer with 52 and he's also the top try-scorer with 8.
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South Africa become the fifth team to win a title this season showing just how competitive this series is. They beat New Zealand 12-40 in a fantastic display with some superb tries.
Gilles Kaka scores now for New Zealand! Is it too late or is there time? 21-40 now.
Nice try for New Zealand from Tim Mikkleson. These are just consolation scores though as with two minutes to go it's 40-14 to South Africa.
Try! The title is surely South Africa's now. Stephan Dippenaar scores after yet another break from du Preez. Superb stuff down the left touchline and great awareness and passing from both. 40-7 with FIVE whole minutes to go.
Ben Lam finally gets New Zealand on the board. He bounces off a tackle and it's 35-7 now.
The brilliant du Preez gets another try! Wow this is a real hammering. 33-0 with 8 mins to go.
10 minutes to go in this one. South Africa have been imperious.
4 tries in the first half for the Blitzbokke, unbelieveable. #USA7s— Garrett Perrella (@Garrett Perrella) 10/02/2013 22:39
New Zealand have given the ball away eight times already in this game - that's contributed to four South Africa tries. Chris Dry dives over just before the whistle. It's 28-0 at halftime to South Africa.
Uh oh, #BlitzBokke running all over the #AllBlacks! #NZLvRSA #USA7s 0-21— Brandon Beall (@Brandon Beall) 10/02/2013 22:37
Superb play from both sides. First Like Masirewa puts in a huge hit for New Zealand but the brilliant Branco du Preez steps in and out through a gap and scores and converts. It's 21-0 with 2 mins to go. Wow.
South Africa have never beaten New Zealand in Vegas before - is it about to change? They lead 14-0.
Rugby is seriously the most exciting sport to watch #USA7s— Meg Stando (@Meg Stando) 10/02/2013 22:34
What an awesome pass from Paul Delport! He gets it right on the money for Chris Dry to run onto it and score under the sticks. South Africa are 14-0 up. If they win this it's the fifth different series winner in five rounds this season! Sevens eh?
South Africa get off to a great start with a try for Warren Whiteley - his third this weekend! 7-0
Come on #BlitzBokke. Make us proud boykies. #USA7s— Stefan van den Berg (@Stefan van den Berg) 10/02/2013 22:27
Ok now here we go for the Cup final! It's New Zealand and South Africa!
SAMOA win it! Finally they break through a brilliant Fiji defence with Robert Lilomaiava sprinting ove the line. What an amazing game that was! 31-36.
This is by far the best 7's match I've ever seen!! #fijivssamoa #USA7s— Logan Johnson (@Logan Johnson) 10/02/2013 22:20
What a superb game. Fiji came from behind and it looked like they had done enough to win it but Samoa hit back in the final play with a try from Robert Lilomaiava to level it up 31-31. The kick is missed and we are into sudden death.
WOW Fiji are ahead having trailed 21-12 at halftime! Some amazing footwork from Nagusa and he gets it out wide to Benito Masilevu who sprints to the line. Now 31-26!
THIS GAME IS NUTS!!! FIJI scores between the sticks on a run from behind midfield! Just down 26-24 now trailing to Samoa #USA7s— USA Sevens Rugby (@USA Sevens Rugby) 10/02/2013 22:16
What effort from #samoa to extend the lead over #fiji in the #USA7s 26-17— Bruins Rugby (@Bruins Rugby) 10/02/2013 22:15
Awesome reply from Viriviri who has been outstanding all weekend long. Stepped a few defenders and raced clear. The kick is good and it's 24-26.
Samoa push further ahead! A try from Reupena Levasa as he is almost pushed over the line and they are ahead 26-17.
Samisoni Viriviri gets us off to a flier with his 6th try of the weekend for Fiji showing us all of his pace and footwork to go around the outside. THey trail 17-21 in this fantastic game. The crowd are loving this and are in fine voice.
Incredible first half between Fiji and Samoa. One fantastic try after another. #USA7s— RugbyScotland (@RugbyScotland) 10/02/2013 22:10
Samoa grabbed another excellent try from Alatasi Tupou and a great conversion from Sanin Niue helped them to 23-5 lead but Fiji hit back with some brilliant offloading and a try for Benito Masilevu. It's 21-12 at the break.
Samoa and Fiji playing some brilliant sevens rugby here #USA7s— Tiven Jonklass (@Tiven Jonklass) 10/02/2013 22:08
Nanyak Dala, Canada captain, on winning the Plate: "It feels amazing, we have the home crowd support, the guys are playing well, and I am just made up. We get here and we can't get much free time because we know so many people that want to see us, so it is pretty much like a home tournament. We are pretty close team and we work hard together."
Another ace score! It's Aiono for Samoa but it was all about the flick pass from Lolo. The crowd are absolutely loving this and why not - it's a fantastic game. Samoa go ahead 14-5. You will struggle to find three tries as good as that anywhere.
A second superb try! THis time for Fiji from Joji Baleviani Raqamate who shows tremendous skill. What a game this is! It;s 7-5 to Fiji and we are just a few minutes in.
What a start! Amazing skill from Lio Lolo who leaps high in the air to claim the restart and then sprints from halfway to score out! Well done and we are in for a great game it looks like! 7-0
Fiji and Samoa are out on the field now for the right to finish third or fourth.
Canada win the Plate title with a 22-5 victory over Scotland.
Scotland's Michael Maltman gets a second yellow card of the game for a dangerous tackle and Canada have an overlap which they take advantage of and score through Nanyak Dala. They lead 22-5.
Harry Jones stretches over to stretch the lead for Canada and it is 17-5 now. Scotland need a quick score.
Really close one here and Canada sneak ahead 10-5 with a 20th career try for John Moonlight.
The semi finals and finals in Vegas have been fantastic adverts for 7s rugby. Skill and commitment top notch #USA7s— Nigel Francis (@Nigel Francis) 10/02/2013 21:43
Frederic Pomarel, France coach, on winning the Bowl: "In Sevens it is crazy, but I am happy because my players can fight in all the tournaments. My players played well and I am happy because these tournaments are difficult with the jetlag coming from France. We played well, not bad, and I think we were unlucky at times. I am happy for the players. Argentina against France is difficult and only little points ever separate the teams."
Conor Trainor almost scores a spectacular individual score for Canada but he is stopped on the line and Scotland lose a player to the bin. When the ball is moved wide again Trainor is on hand to dive over the line and it's 5-5 now with Scotland a man down.
Scotland open the scoring with a great try from James Fleming as he splits the defence and touch down. His side go ahead 5-0.
Big game for the boys vs Scotland!! @RugbyCanada #USA7s— Mike Scholz (@Mike Scholz) 10/02/2013 21:34
Now it's time for the Plate final! Scotland against Canada!
France win it 17-12 and they will take the Bowl title here in Vegas. Argentina were SO close to getting a game winning try but France do well to hold on.
France take the lead again with a fine finish from Terry Bouhraoua and he makes it 17-12 with four minutes to play!
France creep ahead with a great collect from a kick by Renaud Delmas but Argentina struck back through Facundo Panceyra Garrido and it's 12-12 at the break.
France hit back through skipper Vincent Deniau and we are all square here 5-5. A very physical this one.
Renauld Delmas kicks the scoring off with a neat finish out wide after some patient and accurate passing. Argentina take a 5-0 lead.
@QantasWallabies Sevens side win Shield in Las Vegas #USA7s beating Uruguay 41-0 - the widest ever margin in a Shield final.— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 10/02/2013 21:09
Michael O'Connor, Australia coach, on winning Shield: "We don't want to be down here (in the Shield), but to the players credit they came out today and showed what they are capable of. We are really looking forward to getting to Hong Kong though now."
Next up it is the Bowl final between Argentina and France.
#Australia team taking #Uruguay to the cleaners in the shield final #Vegas7s #USA7s great win!— Philip de Bruin (@Philip de Bruin) 10/02/2013 21:05
Comfortable win for Australia who added tries from Con Foley, Jordan Tuapou. Shannon Walker in the second half and they are the Shield champions! Final score 41-0.
An 8th try of the weekend for Lewis Holland gives Australia probably an unassailable 24-0 lead here.
Two tries for Sean McMahon has helped Australia to a 19-0 lead.
Australia score early through Jesse Parahi but Uruguay are battling hard here so far.
RT @SashaaPieterse: This is our happy we made it to the finals face ;) #RSA #usa7s #happyface http://t.co/SiTD9W7O— Simone Benneker (@Simone Benneker) 10/02/2013 20:49
Austalia and Urugauy are out there now contesting the Shield final! Last game for these sides of the weekend and they will want to end on a high.
RT @USASevensRugby: An incredible individual effort by New Zealand for the win, 19-14! What a game! Certainly did not disappoint! #usa7s— Richard Alanis (@Richard Alanis) 10/02/2013 20:34
Seabelo Senatla take a bow. After great work from Paul Delport he dives over in the corner.
Who needs a regulation finish anyway? Only Overtimes here in Vegas #usa7s— USA Sevens Rugby (@USA Sevens Rugby) 10/02/2013 20:25
I just want to go to sleep but the @blitzbokke are keeping me on the edge of my seat! C'mon the boys! #usa7s— Dean Lederle (@Dean Lederle) 10/02/2013 20:25
Nailbiting stuff indeed. South Africa have possession, but get turned over by great work from Afa Aiono, and then Faalemiga Selesele almost scores in the corner, but South Africa hold out. Sudden death extra time again!
Lolo Lui has other ideas, as he steps up for a penalty drop goal, but he misses, narrowly, with half the crowd thinking he had won it for Samoa!
Samoa reduced to six men...could we be going to another sudden death extra time?
Second half underway in this tight but very exciting Cup semi.
It's 7-7 here. Samoa got a score back through the flying Tulolo Tulolo and a great kick levelled it up. All to play for in the second half with a spot in the Cup final at stake.
Some great rugby here early on! South Africa's Branco du Preez has been cutting some fine lines and finally his side go over out wide through Cornal Hendricks.
Time for the real action. Come on South Africa. #Blitzbokke #USA7s— Catherine McGrenera (@Catherine McGrenera) 10/02/2013 20:01
Next up it's Samoa and South Africa for a place in the Cup final.
Drama again here! Ilas Tinai gets a chance from 35m out and opts for the posts but he kicks it wide! New Zealand get the ball back and after great work from Ben Lam David Raikuna finishes brilliantly to win it for New Zealand who hardly missed a tackle all game. It ends 19-14.
If you aren't watching the #USA7s, you're doing something wrong.— Andrew Ellison (@Andrew Ellison) 10/02/2013 19:57
What a game we have had here! With a minute to go New Zealand ooked certain to score but Fiji defended brilliantly to clear their lines and it's 14-14 and we are into sudden death!
Great try from Samisoni Viriviri and it's 14-14 now! A thrilling game!
Fiji are back in the game! Good try out wide and it's 14-7 with Tinai adding a superb kick.
Second half underway in a thrilling Cup semi between New Zealand and Fiji.
This is a great game for the #allblacks... Fiji needs to find their footing =/... #usa7s #rugbymadness— J Stax (@J Stax) 10/02/2013 19:45
New Zealand take a two try advantage into the break.
Ben Lam cuts through brilliantly and offloads to Tomasi Cama who finishes well. Great start turns into an excellent one as New Zealand go 14-0 up.
Great first try for New Zealand as Tim Mikkelson side steps his way over the try line. It's 7-0 in a tight first half here.
Aggressive start to to this one with some huge tackles going in. Both sides massively up for it.
New Zealand vs Fiji up next..,gonna be good! #USA7s— Marcus Garrett (@Marcus Garrett) 10/02/2013 19:37
These sides have met 69 times. Fiji have won 30 and New Zealand have won 39.
Now we are onto the Cup semis! First up it's Fiji V New Zealand!
Though Wales has a mini revival, a try from Dewar for Scotland put an end to any potential comeback and Scotland won it comfortably 35-14. They are into the Plate final and will play Canada.
Wales have got two tries back through Will Thomas and suddenly are back in it with 2 mins to go! It's 28-14.
Sky sports 4 watching... @Russell_Weir #USA7s #playingsuperbly— Katie Heg (@Katie Heg) 10/02/2013 19:28
Scotland look to have wrapped this game up now with a try from Andrew Turnbull and they now lead 28-0.
It was amazing, you could feed off of it - you could hear their fans chanted, you could hear ours" - #RugbyCanada capt Nanyak Dala #USA7s— Patrick Johnston (@Patrick Johnston) 10/02/2013 19:23
Scotland are ahead 21-0 with a second try from James Johnstone and a third from Struan Dewar. Tough game out there with lots of contact.
I am proud of my @USAEaglesRugby 7s team. No. Matter. What. Heads high, great showing this #usa7s. @ZTesty5 @HawleywoodFrizl @polarbearkzn— Shay (@Shay) 10/02/2013 19:16
Scott Riddell gets the first score for Scotland with a nice finish under the posts. It's 7-0 to tjhe Scots.
@ScotlandTeam 7s v Wales at #USA7s Plate SF with commentary from @ScottHastings13 on now folks— RugbyScotland (@RugbyScotland) 10/02/2013 19:14
Scotland and Wales are now out there aiming to bag a place in the Plate final against Canada.
Canada win it! It's Nanuak Dala who dives over and the Canadians celebrate wildly. Scotland and Wales up next. Canada are into the Plate final.
Drama in this one! It finishes 19-19 and we are into sudden death extra time. First to score wins!
There we go USA!!! A try just barely crossing the line! #beatcanada #usa7s— USA Sevens Rugby (@USA Sevens Rugby) 10/02/2013 19:06
TRY! USA are well back in this! THey are also playing against 6 men with Canada losing Paris to the bin. It's now 19-19 and we are in for a fantastic last few minutes.
Zach Test does briliantly to get around Taylor Paris and score for the USA! They are back in it but the kick in front of the posts is missed! That could be crucial! 19-12.
Jefferey Hassler scores out wide as Canada start the second half on fire. Now 19-7 and USA need something quick to stay in the tie.
RT @risingaction: USA grab a try to close the half. Incredible tension on field and in the stands. Canada leads 14-7 #usa7s— Hockey Puckers (@Hockey Puckers) 10/02/2013 18:58
USA are pushing hard, backed by a very vocal crowd and they get a great try right at the whistle from Matt Hawkins! Carlin Isles had done all the hard work and it's 14-7 to Canada and anyone's game!
@RugbyCanada vs. @USAEaglesRugby at @USASevensRugby right meow. #USA7s— Meghan Mutrie (@Meghan Mutrie) 10/02/2013 18:54
Canada go wild as John Moonlight streaks through and treats the crowd to a spectacular dive as he scores a great try. It's 14-0.
The Battle of North America is underway as we're up against @RugbyCAN_! #USA7s #Vegas7s #rugbyunited— #RugbyUSA (@#RugbyUSA) 10/02/2013 18:50
Canada kick it off with a try from Nathan Hirayama after a missed tackle out wide. It's 7-0 as he adds a great convert.
These sides have met 26 times - USA have won 11 and Canada have won 15.
Predicbly the crowd go wild as the two teams run out. Big game this one for both sides as they aim to get to the Plate final. Here we go!
USA Eagles starting lineup vs Canada: Isles, Durutalo, Test, Hawkins, Niua, Scully, Hawley. #BeatCanada #USA7s— USA Rugby (@USA Rugby) 10/02/2013 18:44
The crowd are getting ready for USA v Canada in the first Plate semi final. This could be a huge battle between the two rivals!
France will play Argentina in the Bowl final after this massive 40-7 win over England - their highest ever. It's a bitterly disappointing end to the weekend for Ben Ryan's England who failed to reach the heights of Wellington last weekend by some distance.
England finally get on the board with a try from Christian Lewis Pratt but an intercepted pass from Paul Albaladejo makes it 40-7 and this is now France's highest ever score against England.
Character shown by Norton. He wants to be on that plane! #England7s #USA7s— Parky (@Parky) 10/02/2013 18:37
France go streaking through for another try despite the best efforts of Dan Norton who had chased back. This is now a hammering - and it's 33-0.
France are up 26-0 and this is looking all too easy against a sloppy looking England side. France are playing some fine rugby too.
Candelon gets his second of the match as England fall off some tackles. That's his third of the weekend as France showcase some wonderful running and they are now ahead 19-0.
Steeve Barry gets his second try of the weekend for France. It's 12-0 now and England are looking a bit ragged.
France are first on the board with a score from Julien Candelon! Great try as England fall off a few tackles. 7-0.
Next up it's England v France for a spot in the Bowl semi against Argentina.
Argentina will play England or France in the Bowl Final after a 21-12 win over Spain. Spain ended the game on a positive with a score from Iriberri but the damage had been done earlier in the game.
Spain do get one back through Julen Goia Iriberri but time may have run out here. Just over a mintue to go and Argentina lead 21-7.
A third try for Argentina from Jeronimo de la Fuente sees the South Americans race even further ahead - 21-0 - and it will be difficult for Spain to salvage much from this.
Reaction from Mic O'Connor, Australia coach, after beating Kenya: "We haven't finished right at the bottom, but it has been disappointing for us. But we have had an encouraging win against Kenya. It is a funny competition, England and Kenya were finalists last week and are down the bottom this week. We were fifth last week and we find ourselves down the bottom as well. It just goes to show how competitive this competition is."
Argentina have a second, through Nicolas Bruzzone and they are punishing lots of Spanish errors here and are good value for their 14-0 lead.
Javier Rojas opens the scoring with his second try of the weekend, stepping inside a defender to sprint away. Argentina lead 7-0 - they have beaten Spain five out of the six times the sides have met and have started well here.
1 RT @mrsngare: Still loving, jumping and screaming for my team. We shall be back...... and with a big bang. #Kenya7s #USA7s— Paper Weight (@Paper Weight) 10/02/2013 18:05
Next up we have the first of the Bowl semis with Spain facing Argentina and then England taking on France.
Australia will play Uruguay in the Shield final following a huge 38-7 win over Kenya. That's a bitterly disappointing end to the tournament for Kenya who were finalists in New Zealand last weekend.
Con Foley does really well to grab his third try of the weekend, making the most of an intercept to touch down under the posts. Lewis Holland then scored his hat-trick with a breakaway try, backing himself to touch down after a great burst down the right. Australia are now hammering Kenya 38-7.
Finally Kenya give their fans something to cheer about with Collins Injera sprinting over. Can they make a game of this? Trailing 24-7.
You have seven minutes to put pride back in this shirt!" come on Kenya #USA7s— Brian Ortner (@Brian Ortner) 10/02/2013 17:51
Australia are coasting here and winning 24-0. Cameron Clark added a third score before Holland scored his sixth try of the weekend!
@USASevensRugby #USA7s @irbsevens Another for Australia. Excellent counter ruck by the Aussies. 12 Australia - Kenya 5— Albert Caravelli (@Albert Caravelli) 10/02/2013 17:45
18-year-old Sean McMahon is over for Australia's second as they are now dominating this game. It's 12-0 and Australia will be heading for the Shield final unless Kenya can wake up here.
Lewis Holland strikes first for Australia - his 25th World Series career try. A show and go right in the middle and he sprints under the sticks. It's 5-0.
Agustin Ormachea, Uruguay captain, on first win at USA Sevens: "This is great for us, we have been working hard for this win and it is excellent to get it."
Next up we've got Australia taking on Kenya.
#Uruguay7s seconds away from registering a memorable win over #Portugal7s Shield semis #USA7s— Bernard Ndong (@Bernard Ndong ) 10/02/2013 17:38
Uruguay win it 7-5 much to their delight! That's their first win of the weekend and they held out with six player in the final few minutes. Great win for a plucky side.
Uruguay still leading 7-5 with Portugal making some handling errors. These sides are taking their time to get into the game.
Uruguay hit back with a try right on the whistle from Ian Schmidt - the fifth try of his career - and it's 7-5 to Uruguay.
Not much to choose between the sides but finally Spain break through with Duarte Morerira scoring after scorching away down the right side. Uruguay have dominated possession but couldn't get through and Spain lead 5-0.
Watching the sevens let's bring the cup home @BlitzBokke #USA7s— Martin Davids (@Martin Davids) 10/02/2013 17:23
The teams are out on the field - here we go on the final day!
The first game is under 10 minutes away! It's Portugal and Uruguay in the first Shield semi and that will be followed by Australia and Kenya in the second. Portugal and Uruguay have met just once before - back in 2009 - with Portugal winning in 14-12.
Day 3... New challenges and even bigger moments will arise... Who will stand up and be counted... Team USA!! #USA7s— Matt Hawkins (@Matt Hawkins) 10/02/2013 17:05
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Welcome back to the final day of the USA Sevens here in Las Vegas. We're in for a hugely exciting day today as the competition comes to its finale. We have an early start today and you can check out all of the fixtures HERE with the Shield semis first, the Bowl semis second, the Plate semis third and finally the Cup semis.
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13-15 February 2015
Sam Boyd Stadium
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