- Samoa, Fiji and NZ win all three matches on day one of Toyko Sevens
- Scotland also progress unbeaten with two wins and a draw
- Cup quarters: Fiji v defending champions Australia, NZ v USA, Samoa v SA, Scotland v France
- Hosts Japan please crowd with 14-10 win over Canada on day one
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That is it for day one at the Tokyo Sevens. Thanks for joining us, make sure you come back for the business end of the tournament after a long two weeks of Sevens tomorrow.
Gordon Tietjens, NZ coach, on three from three: "Seven out of 10 for our performance today, we are looking for that perfect 10 but you won't get it in such a competitive Series now. Doesn't look good for DJ Forbes or Sam Dickson, but we will see how they come through. You never know, we have a pretty good physio. It is tough conditions and some people have struggled, but tomorrow is another day."
Bowl quarter finals
Spain v Argentina
Canada v Kenya
England v Portugal
Wales v Japan
Cup quarter finals
Fiji v Australia
New Zealand v USA
Samoa v South Africa
Scotland v France
New Zealand win the final game of the day 22-12. The Kiwis remain unbeaten and also help France into the Cup.
Belgium Tuatagaloa scores his second try for New Zealand. The French will like that as they need Canada to lose by more than four in order to advance to the Cup at the Canadians' expense.
Nathan Hirayama converts his own try as Canada close to 17-12. As it stands that would see them into the Cup.
New Zealand, playing without injured skipper DJ Forbes, look set to become the third team to win their opening three games, and the fourth undefeated team, as they lead 17-5 at the break.
Final game of a day that kicked off close on 10 hours ago, with New Zealand up against Canada. The Canadians will qualify if they lose by eight or less.
France wins 24-7. Now have to wait and see what happens in the final game between Canada and New Zealand to see if they make the Cup.
Indiscipline costing Japan with Satoshi Oshima sent to the bin and France once again make the most of their numerical advantage.
Welsh referee Rhys Thomas using French at the breakdown. Not sure what his Japanese is like!
The French have their names in Japanese on the back of their jerseys. Will probably win them some support tomorrow, but for now the crowd is right behind the hosts.
Yusaku Kuwazuru sent to the sin bin for grabbing an opponent's hair. And France get immediate reward with Pierre Gilles Lakafia going over for his side's third try.
Mistake from the restart from France gives Japan a chance to get back into the game, after giving up a second try
Lote Tuqiri finds a hole in the French defense. Katsuyuki Sakai adds the conversion as the hosts go 7-5 up.
The crowd has thinned out, with many feeling the effects of the cold weather. But there will be a lot of noise if Japan can pick up their second win of the day.
Jsapan up against France in Game 23 with the hosts still in with a chance of advancing to the Cup.
Wales secure third spot in Pool B and hand the U.S. a spot in the Cup by beating Kenya 33-15.
@IRBSevens #Tokyo7s @wyngru @willielose There seems to be more inter play Trys, back & forth in this tournament than any other this season— Albert Caravelli (@Albert Caravelli) 30/03/2013 10:18
Alex Webber scores for Wales and Rhys Jones adds the extras as Wales close in on their first win of the day to secure third spot.
You know future fans when 6 yr old niece can name Kenya coach #Tokyo7s— Wangaari (@Wangaari) 30/03/2013 10:14
As things stand the U.S. will qualify for the Cup. Kenya need a win or draw to advance.
Wales go ahead with the final play of the first half. They lead 12-10.
Stephen Gemmell, Scotland coach: "We were disappointed in Hong Kong and we know we have a huge fight at the bottom and we you just saw how much it means to both teams there. But we go through unbeaten which is credit to the players and tomorrow is another day. Safety is in our hands, in it is in our destiny, we are 12th, and if we stay there we are safe."
The U.S. and Scotland draw 12-12. The Scots are assured of a spot in the Cup. Next game between Wales and Kenya will determine the final pool standings.
Scotland's Colin Shaw loses the ball as he crosses the line, following a superb pass from Russell Weir. But the Scots recover with Weir charging down a kick and scoring. Scores are level at 12-12, enough for Scotland to advance to the Cup.
RT @KenyaRugby247: Usa 12-7 Scotland, In progress. Both are in our Pool so the outcome matters to us. #Tokyo7s— Njakai (@Njakai) 30/03/2013 09:54
A win or draw would see Scotland in the Cup. The U.S. need a 12-point win to advance.
Fedo scores for Scotland as the halftime whistle blows. USA 7 - Scotland 7 #tokyo7s— USA Rugby (@USA Rugby) 30/03/2013 09:50
Four penalties on the trot against the U.S. and they pay the price with Nick Edwards sent to the sin bin. Scotland rub salt in the wound by scoring a try, which is superbly converted by Colin Gregor to bring the sides level.
First try goes to the U.S. through Folau Niua, who gets away from a Scottish defender with the help of a big hand-off.
Scotland look for their third win of the day. But Pool B has been a lottery and calculators may be needed to decide who goes through to the Cup and Bowl.
Fiji's 34-7 win over Portugal means they top Pool A. Their reward is a Cup quarter final clash with Australia, while Portugal move into the Bowl.
RT @Scotlandteam: Just over 5 minutes to kick-off in Sco 7s final pool tie at #Tokyo7s. USA are opponents. Can we make it 3 from 3?— Karen Barrett (@Karen Barrett) 30/03/2013 09:35
HT:Game 20 #7FIJ 17-7 #7POR http://t.co/ySdyueVAiA #Tokyo7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 30/03/2013 09:27
normality restored #tokyo7s Fiji back in 3rd gear to go ahead v portugal #toeasy— Eli (@Eli) 30/03/2013 09:26
Fiji have never lost to Portugal in 24 meetings in the World Series.
South Africa ease into the Cup quarterfinals with a 42-7 defeat of Spain. Barring a huge upset in the final game of Pool A - when Fiji take on Portugal - the South Africans will finish as runners-up and will face Samoa tomorrow.
HT:Game 19 #7RSA 21-0 #7ESP http://t.co/ySdyueVAiA #Tokyo7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 30/03/2013 09:05
Branco du Preez produces a sensational sidestep to get past the last defender as South Africa open up a 14-point lead.
South Africa take on Spain in Pool A with the winner assured a spot in the Cup competition.
Samoa top Pool D and will play the runners-up from Pool A in the Cup quarter finals after beating Australia 26-14. Australia finish second to the Pacific islanders and will take on the winners of Pool A when the knockout competition gets underway tomorrow.
Australia finally keep the ball for a few phases and are rewarded with a try through Lewis Holland.
Samoa have had nearly all the possession and lead 19-0 at the break.
L0L “@IRBSevens: Check out these fans at the #Tokyo7s! Think you can do better? #SevensFan with your effort http://t.co/9pjDGy2Ftv”— Kenya Rugby Queen (@Kenya Rugby Queen) 30/03/2013 08:37
Its Game time Manu #Samoa7s against #Australia7s #Tokyo7s #Irbsevens #GOMANU— Go Manu Samoa! (@Go Manu Samoa!) 30/03/2013 08:34
The final game in Pool D is a repeat of last year's final, won 28-26 by Australia.
England look to have really hit their straps when it's too late again after a comprehensive 31-7 win against Argentina #Tokyo7s— In At The Side (@In At The Side) 30/03/2013 08:32
Ben Ryan, England coach, on a disappointing day one: "We controlled the first opening two games and let them slip. You can't concentrate for 95% of the game and let the 5% slip. It is hard to explain, we haven't been good enough in some of these tournaments and if you are not in the money you are not going to win."
England win 31-7 to finish third in Pool D behind Samoa and Australia, who play next for top spot. Defeat leaves Argentina winless and in fourth spot.
Mat Turner socres his 82nd career try to all but wrap up a win for England. 26-7 with two minutes remaining.
Sam Edgerley scores a good try straight from a scrum as England lead 12-0 at halftime.
The short afternoon break is over and it is now England against Argentina, with both sides looking to get their first win of the day. Neither side can make the Cup quarter finals.
Canada hold on to beat France 22-19 to hand the Europeans their second loss of the day. Canada (one win, one loss) take on New Zealand next, while France face Japan, who also have one win and one defeat.
Julien Candelon runs 90 metres for France's second try as the gap closes to one point.
Canada respond with three tries to make it 15-7 at the break.
France lead Canada 7-0 in Game 16, the last game before a short afternoon break.
I like the spirit of the Japanese team although they have lost 41 - 5 to New Zealand #Tokyo7s— Rodgers Wabito (@Rodgers Wabito) 30/03/2013 07:39
New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens, after victory against hosts Japan: "I saw what Japan did to Canada in the first game and I thought they played very well. 41-5 flatters us a little. DJ has a bit of a niggle, it is a tough tournament coming up from Hong Kong, but it is great to give some of the other guys some game time."
New Zealand run away with it, winning 41-5. But the Japanese caused the Series leaders some problems and will be hoping to finish things off with a win over France later in the day.
Rocky Khan on the field for New Zealand. Last year he played for the Yokohama Country & Athletic Club as they won the Japan Sevens.
Crowd doing their bit to get behind Japan, with the support of some Queen over the PA.
Jamie Henry pulls one back for Japan, his second try of the day. New Zealand lead at the break 17-5.
Stowers makes it a first half hat-trick as New Zealand make the most of their size and power.
Two quick tries by Sherwin Stowers puts New Zealand 12-0, and silences the crowd to a certain degree.
Mike Friday, Kenya coach, after victory v USA: "We are fighting for our lives here. We weren't good enough in game one. A few issues in the contact area but I wasn't happy with the effort and endeavor which I expect when you pull on the Kenyan shirt. But we saw that in that match. If we win against Wales I think we will have done enough, but that last try by USA could be important."
Get set for the biggest roar of the crowd as hosts Japan take on New Zealand. Late change for New Zealand with DJ Forbes ruled out.
FT:Game 14 #7KEN 21-10 #7USA http://t.co/ySdyueVAiA #Tokyo7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 30/03/2013 07:16
More U.S. heroics in defense but Kenya's superb support play see them score a third try to make it 21-5. Carlin Isles responds with a consolation try for the U.S. and sets up a fascinating finale in Pool B.
From what should have been a try for #kenya7s we concede!! #tokyo7s— Charles Gacheru (@Charles Gacheru) 30/03/2013 07:12
Commentators reckon it was the try of the day so far! Great work rate, great finish. Really positive signs for the Eagles. #tokyo7s— USA Rugby (@USA Rugby) 30/03/2013 07:11
Super cover tackle by Colin Hawley of the U.S. And his teammates make the most of it by scoring 95 metres away at the other end through Zach Test. Contender for try of the day.
Kenya coach Mike Friday tells his team at halftime: Keep the discipline at the contact area.
Colin Hawley gets sent to the sin bin and the Kenyans make their numerical advatage tell immediately with Sidney Ashioya crossing for his side's second try to make it 14-0 at the break.
The United States looking to follow Scotland and make it two wins from two games as they take on Kenya.
Colin Gregor, Scotland captain, on two wins from two: "Just makes last week so frustrating, we let ourselves down a bit. Tough week, long week and we have been itching to get back out on the pitch. We came out well against Kenya earlier and we managed to back it up again against Wales and just scrape through."
Scotland win the battle of the Celts, downing Wales 12-10. Victory is the second of the day for the Scots, while the Welsh lose their second straight.
Scotland have made 45 passes so far. Wales just 10.
Hosts Japan take on New Zealand in 30 minutes time.
Wales coach Paul John tells his team at halftime: It's got to matter more to you boys.
HT:Game 13 #7WAL 0-12 #7SCO http://t.co/ySdyueVAiA #Tokyo7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 30/03/2013 06:42
Try Scotland. James Johnstone after Weir's harrassment of his opposite number wins ball. Sco 5 Wales 0 #Tokyo7s— Scotland Rugby Team (@Scotland Rugby Team) 30/03/2013 06:39
Yay! RT "@asianrugbyFU: The whole world looking at Asia this weekend with the #China7s #tokyo7s and the #hsbcA5N kick of— Steve Lai (@Steve Lai) 30/03/2013 06:38
Colin Gregor has played every minute of every game for Scotland in this year's series.
Six Nations clash next as Wales take on Scotland.
Paul Treu, SA coach, after performance against Portugal: "Our first game we had lots of opportunies, some of which we didn't take. You won't win games if you don't take the opportunities and it was the same in that game despite the win. This is not us, not the performance we were hoping for, but we have one to play and we hope to win to make it to the Cup quarter final."
South Africa pick up their first win of the day, getting past Portugal 12-0.
Hendricks makes ammends by crossing shortly after to make it 29 tries for the season, going ahead of England's Dan Norton, who has 28.
Seabelo Senatia makes a great break but then his pass inside to Cornal Hendricks fails to go to hand as South Africa blow a five-point opportunity.
Portugal defending well and have limited South Africa to just one try in the first seven minutes.
South Africa up against Portugal with both sides looking for their first win of the day.
Alifereti Dere, Fiji coach, after beating Spain: "The day we left Hong Kong we finished the celebrations, we are here in Japan and working on this now. It is good for us to test our defense in that match with Spain and other features of the game, and it is also good for Spain who played well."
Fiji made to work hard by Spain but they still come away with a 17-5 win.
Huge hit by Fijian Benito Masilevu. Must rank as one of the tackles of the tournament on a day when defences have been to the fore.
A lot of Fijian fans in the crowd but Spain do have some support from the locals.
HT:Game 11 #7FIJ 12-0 #7ESP http://t.co/ySdyueVAiA #Tokyo7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 30/03/2013 06:00
U.S. Eagles captain Todd Clever, who has played at Chichibunomiya more than a few times for both Suntory Sungoliath and his present club NTT Communications Shining Arcs, is well pleased with his country's effort against Wales.
@AlexMagleby Great way to start the #Tokyo7s - Keep going strong! #USA24Wales22 #Gambatte— Todd Clever (@Todd Clever) 30/03/2013 05:58
Samoa's win over England was their ninth in their last 12 meetings.
The lights are on at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground as the sun decides it will not make an appearance today.
Afa Aiono, Samoa captain, after victory against England: "We had to stick to our plan there. Things got tough in the first half but we came back in the second. It will be tough against Australia later, they have a good team but we need to fix our errors and work on our mistakes."
Good support for the Fijians in the crowd as the two teams take to the field.
Spain look for their second win of the day. But so do their opponents, Fiji.
Gotta feel for #BenRyan there against a rampant Samoa. Another Bowl for England tomorrow at #Tokyo7s— Maru Ririnui (@Maru Ririnui) 30/03/2013 05:49
Samoa down England 31-21 for their second win of the day. England lose for the second time and have to make do with their 6th bowl tournament of the season.
RT @KenyaRugby247: RT @Muchiry: Absolutely loving this cold Saturday morning, my kind of weather! Agenda for the day: #Tokyo7s. Loud &am ...— TJ (@TJ) 30/03/2013 05:44
England have made 80% of their tackles, Samoa 50%.
England coach Ben Ryan at half time: "Two things we need to do, be tighter in defence and push up harder. Secondly, when we get the ball get into space."
Wonder what Japan legend Daisuke Ohata - commentating here for the local broadcasters - thinks of Norton's pace.
Dan Norton crosses for his second try of the game after Engand stole a Samoa line-out close to their own line. England lead 21-14 at the break.
End to end stuff in Game 10, as England and Samoa trade tries and conversions. Sides level at 14-14 as we approach halftime.
England and Samoa up next with England looking to bounce back from a loss to Australia and Samoa hoping to pick up their second win of the day.
FT:Game 9 #7AUS 31-0 #7ARG http://t.co/ySdyueVAiA #Tokyo7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 30/03/2013 05:25
James Stannard, who previously played in Japan for Toyota Shokki Shuttles, shows his younger teammates that there is no substitute for experience, crossing for his side's 5th try.
Fou uses his strength to go over again - his 30th career try - as Australia extend their lead to 24-0.
Bruzzone only lasts 90 seconds of the second half. Is led from the field in considerable distress.
Argentina captain Nicolas Bruzzone is fairly animated at halftime as he urges his team to lift their game.
The fans in kangaroo attire have moved down to the front of the stand. They must be enjoying things as Australia lead Argentina 19-0 at the break.
It takes just 50 seconds for Australia to get on board thanks to the strength of Pama Fou. Australia carrying on from last year when they left Tokyo with the Cup.
Action resumes in just under 10 minutes with Australia up against Argentina. Australia opened with a win over England, while Argentina lost their opener to Samoa.
On the way to the #tokyo7s yeeeeahhh! Sheep on the subway http://t.co/rMpDktoyX9— Michelle Duff (@Michelle Duff) 30/03/2013 04:07
Jamie Henry on Japan's win and his debut try: "It was hectic, but the support we are getting at home is a real motivational factor. It was a good first win. We bounced back and we will benefit it for the second game. I dedicate my try to my dad. I didn't make it to Hong Kong because he passed when the team was named, I chose to go home, but I am proud to put the Japanese shirt on and am looking forward to the next game."
Action goes on hold now for an hour, so will let the cheerleaders take over as they entertain the crowd.
Congratulations to Japan from a local fan.
Japan holds on win 14-10. Only 4th time the hosts have beaten Canada. Standing ovation for the Brave Blossoms.
Chauncey O'Toole is sent to the sin bin and Japan are just 30 seconds away from their first win at the Tokyo Sevens.
Jamie Henry crosses for a sensational try that started on Japan's own line with a turnover. Narita and Kauzhi Hano both played big roles too. Conversion is good. 14-5 to Japan.
Hirayama scores, though unfortunately for the locals it is Nathan Hirayama of Canada. Japan leads 7-5.
Japan men and women sevens playing at the same time right now, but in diff countries #Tokyo7s #China7s #KindaCool @JRFUMedia #rugby— Michelle Wong (@Michelle Wong) 30/03/2013 03:39
Japan defendeding well, and the crowd are loving it. Shuetsu Narita playing with just one boot at the moment.
Japan control the early possession and take the first lead of the game as they score under the posts. Now lead 7-0. #GOCanadaGO #Tokyo7s— RugbyCanada (@RugbyCanada) 30/03/2013 03:37
And the crowd goes wild,,,,,,Lote Tuqiri goes over for the opening try for Japan.
A large Hinomaru - Japan flag - being paraded in the east stand ahead of the hosts' first game.
Thibaut Zambelli goes over for a consolation try for France. New Zealand win 26-7. Next up is hosts Japan against Canada.
Local favourites up next, after New Zealand and France complete proceedings.
HT:Game 7 #7NZL 14-0 #7FRA http://t.co/ySdyueVAiA #Tokyo7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 30/03/2013 03:19
Tim Mikkelson scores his 101st try of his career. He has been nominated in four dream teams this year, will he make another one at #Tokyo7s?— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 30/03/2013 03:17
Biggest roar of the day so far as Ben Lam crosses for New Zealand. Even the kangaroos are on their feet for this game.
New Zealand and France now on the field for Game 7.
Defence the order of the day as Scotland hardly miss a tackle and end up with a 12-0 win over Kenya. That means three of the four bottom sides - Scotland, Spain and the U.S. - have opened with wins.
Scotland defending very well. Force a turnover and Darren Gillespie scores a cracking try after taking a great kick pass from Gregor.
Come on boys you can do it in the second half #kenya7s. #Tokyo7s— KOS THE BOSS (@KOS THE BOSS) 30/03/2013 03:01
It took the full seven minutes but we finally get a try as Colin Gregor scores his 62nd World Series try to give Scotland a 7-0 lead at the break.
“@USARugby: USA 24 - Wales 22 FINAL! #tokyo7s” I know nothing about Rugby, but #USA 🇺🇸— Jimmy Harrison (@Jimmy Harrison) 30/03/2013 02:49
Stars and Stripes being proudly waved in the stands after that win. Can Scotland regain some Celtic pride when they take on Kenya in the next game?
First upset of the day as the United States hold to beat Wales - last week's runners-up - 24-22.
HOLD ON EAGLES! @USARugby: What a try by Hawkins! #tokyo7s USA 19 - Wales 15— Ohio State Rugby (@Ohio State Rugby) 30/03/2013 02:43
Matt Hawkins makes the most of a great offload from Zach Test as the U.S. go 19-15 up. Could this be the first shock of the day?
Good way to end the half for the Eagles. Fantastic team try and an amazing finish by Edwards. #tokyo7s— USA Rugby (@USA Rugby) 30/03/2013 02:38
RT @KenyaRugby247: In a few minutes, #Kenya7s kicks off their #Tokyo7s campaign vs Scotland. Rise up #TeamKenya, your team needs you! GO ...— John Nguru (@John Nguru) 30/03/2013 02:33
Cory Allen scores his 5th World Series try as Wales go 10-7 up. His try last week in the final against Fji was voted the fans' favourite try.
A hot bowl of ramen noodles would probably the choice for many come lunchtime. What's your favourite food when watching sevens?
Wales - runners-up last week in Hong Kong - up against the United States in Game 5.
USA Men's Eagle Sevens Starting 7 vs. Wales (10:28 p.m. ET): Edwards, Suniula, Test, Hawkins, Niua, Hawley, Palefau #tokyo7s #usarugby— USA Rugby (@USA Rugby) 30/03/2013 02:22
Spain hold on to win 17-14.
Both of these sides looking for Series points to drag themselves out of relegation zone...Spain currently lead Portugal 17-14 #Tokyo7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 30/03/2013 02:22
Feijoo grabs his second try of the game as Spain take a 17-14 lead into the final two minutes.
Still no sun,,,but a few costumes starting to appear, including a group dressed as kangaroos.
HT:Game 4 #7POR 14-5 #7ESP http://t.co/ySdyueVAiA #Tokyo7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 30/03/2013 02:13
Pablo Feijoo opens the scoring in the Iberian Peninsula derby as Spain take an early 5-0 lead.
Big local derby coming up as Spain take on Portugal.
Two quick tries by Fiji at the end see the Pacific islanders take Game 3 with a convincing 29-12 win.
Cecil Afrika marks his return from injury with a try as South Africa close the gap to 17-12.
Faamoni Lalomilo, Samoa coach, after win against Argentina: "Well we are looking to secure our place for the quarter final but it was not an easy game. The boys had put the points on the board, but they relaxed so Argentina came back at us but I am happy we scored that try in the last seconds."
For those that want to see how things are progressing in the local language.
HT:Game 3 #7FIJ 12-5 #7RSA http://t.co/ySdyueVAiA #Tokyo7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 30/03/2013 01:52
@IRBSevens #tokyo7s @willielose @ScottHastings13 @wyngru @KeithQuinn88 That was a wonderful passage of play. Fiji & RSA— Albert Caravelli (@Albert Caravelli) 30/03/2013 01:50
Sakiusa Gavidi Vatuinaruku rounds off a highly entertaining passage of play to cross in the corner for Fiji and the scores are level at 5-5.
Next up Fiji - wiiners last week in Hong Kong - against South Africa.
Samoa score just before the final hooter through Reupena Levasato to beat Argentina 17-10.
4-5 April 2015
Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground