South Africa win the Tokyo Sevens, downing New Zealand 24-19 in the Cup final. The victory lifts South Africa above Fiji and Samoa in the Series standings into second place behind New Zealand.
The United States won the Plate, England grabbed the Bowl and Canada beat the hosts Japan in the Shield.
That's it from Tokyo. The teams take a break before things get underway in Glasgow. Sayonara.
The draw for the Glasgow Sevens was made before today's final.
Pool A: South Africa, Samoa, Kenya, Canada
Pool B: New Zealand, Scotland, England, Portugal
Pool C: Australia, Fiji, Argentina, Spain
Pool D: France, USA, Wales, Russia
South Africa wins Tokyo 7's Rugby. #Japan7s #Tokyo7s #RSA A little present for Mandiba. #Mandiba #Mandela— Just Frank (@Just Frank) 31/03/2013 10:23
Paul Treu, SA coach, Cup winners: "It is unbelievable. For us we have been so unlucky throughout the year, and to come back again after a disappointing tournament in Hong Kong, to bounce back and give a performance like that, it is not everyday you beat New Zealand twice in the final. It is good momentum going into the RWC Sevens in Moscow."
@BlitzBokke you beauty!! :-D Well done boys - proud to be a Saffa! #Tokyo7s— Diederick Roodt (@Diederick Roodt) 31/03/2013 10:13
South Africa celebrating on the field after lifting the Cup at Tokyo.
RT @RugbyFifteen: Big congrats to @paultreu and the #Blitzbokke. Big u-turn from last weeks disappointing tournament! #Champs #Tokyo7s— muneer alexander (@muneer alexander) 31/03/2013 10:04
South Africa win the Cup at the Tokyo Sevens. Beat New Zealand 24-19.
Cornal Hendricks powers over as South Africa once again turn pressure into points. No way back for New Zealand as South Africa lead 24-12.
Time running out for New Zealand, as they trail by five points. South Africa keeping the ball as we enter the final minute.
South Africa opt to go for goal. Gives them a five-point lead and takes time off the clock. 17-12.
New Zealand making little errors as the flow seems to be going South Africa's way.
South Africa get the first score of the second half. Seabelo Senatia crosses after a great offload from Cornal Hendricks. A minute later Cecil Afrika adds a second. South Africa now lead 14-12.
First Try-Scorer huge in this 2nd Half. SA get it; back on. NZ get it; tough to surmount that lead. #Tokyo7s— iamjonnyking™ (@iamjonnyking™) 31/03/2013 09:46
New Zealand end the first 10 minutes with a 12-0 lead in the Cup final.
Tim Mikkelson shows some good soccer skills and picks up his third try of the tournament. Hurdles the advertising sign behind the goal line after touching down. 12-0 to New Zealand.
Gillies Kaka opens the scoring as New Zealand come away from their first venture into South African territory with a try.
Mistake from New Zealand at the kick off and South Africa camp themselves in the Kiwi 22. But they are unable to turn pressure into points.
One game remaining and it's the big one - the Cup final. New Zealand up against South Africa.
FT: AUS 31 - 7 FRA #AUSvFRA The young Australian side smashed France to take 3rd place in the #Tokyo7s— Gold Coast 7s (@Gold Coast 7s) 31/03/2013 09:29
Draw being made on the field for the Glasgow Sevens.
Australia finish the Tokyo Sevens in third spot after downing France 31-7.
@USARugby is one of the only things that can keep me up till 2:30 on Easter morning #tokyo7s #USARugby— DG (@DG) 31/03/2013 09:25
Cameron Clark uses a good handoff and then his pace to score his second try of the game and Australia's third. James Stannard adds the conversion from out wide to make it 19-7.
HT:Game 44 #7AUS 12-7 #7FRA http://t.co/ySdyueVAiA #Tokyo7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 31/03/2013 09:17
Alex Magleby, USA coach, Plate winners: "We had some close games, the guys were exhausted, our captain and our fast men are injured. But the guys kept working, they kept grinding and for us it is important for us to learn how to do that. It is nice to get a trophy and get some points, and it will be a battle when we get to Glasgow."
Pama Fau goes over for his sixth try in Tokyo. Good pace from the big man as he goes over in the corner. Austraiia lead 12-0.
Australia and France set to battle it out for third place.
The U.S. are delighted to pick up the silverware. Far more animated celebrations than England and Canada earlier in the afternoon.
U.S. captain Zach Test on winning the Plate: We've been working hard all season and working on our composure. We wanted to make sure we hustled for each other and come away with the win.
The United States grab vital Series points by downing Scotland 17-0 to win the Plate.
Nick Edwards sprints over after Scotland are penalized for a line-out not going 5 metres. The U.S. lead 17-0 with less than two minutes remaining. Should be good enough to lift the silverware.
The United States open the second half as they started the first with a try, this time through Shalom Suniula, who then adds the conversion from the touchline tio make it 12-0. Scotland need two scores to stop the Americans lifting the Plate.
HT:Game 43 #7USA 5-0 #7SCO http://t.co/ySdyueVAiA #Tokyo7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 31/03/2013 08:52
Tryyyy! USA let's keep it going boys #tokyo7s @USARugby— Ryan Cochran (@Ryan Cochran) 31/03/2013 08:48
Andrew Durutalo opens the scoring for the U.S. Uses his considerable strength and weight to power over.
No @Carlin_Isles. No @polarbearkzn. It's going to take heart and a "can do" attitude aka the #AmericanSpirit! Let's #GoEagles! #Tokyo7s #fb— Davey (@Davey) 31/03/2013 08:45
The U.S. are missing Carlin Isles (concussion) and Matt Hawkins (leg injury).
The Plate final is up next. Yesterday Scotland and The United States drew 12-12. Who will end up on top today?
England on the field receiving their prize for winning the Bowl.
Ben Ryan, England coach, Bowl winners: "It is good they learn from their errors. We controlled our first two games and I honestly think we should have beaten Australia on day one. We want to get onto our home patch, a few guys coming back from injury so we will finish hard. Dan Norton has been in electric form, top of the try charts, but he works the hardest too. That Rugby World Cup Sevens becomes even more important now."
England run away with the Bowl downing Argentina 38-0 in the final.
Dan Norton becomes the 18th player to score 10 tries in a tournament. That's his eighth of the day. England up 24-0.
HT:Game 42 #7ARG 0-19 #7ENG http://t.co/ySdyueVAiA #Tokyo7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 31/03/2013 08:26
Jamie Henry, Japan Sevens: "For me it has been a roller coaster, going home for Dad's funeral, then flying back to be with the team. To play with them in front of a home crowd is something special and something I will cherish. The support has been tremendous but for me it is just for my Dad."
Sam Edgerley produces an excellent weaving run to extend England's lead. 12-0.
Canada coach Geraint John, Shield winners: "I think that is the big thing we spoke about when we unfortunately lost to Kenya this morning [important Series points]. Now we are in a battle and we have to fight and show some character which I think we showed in those last two matches. It is a bit of a battle going to Glasgow but I think we would prefer to be in our position than the other teams."
Dan Norton carries on where he left off in the previous two games with a try, his seventh of the day. England lead 7-0.
Three of the finals are repeats of games played on Day 1.
@RugbyCanada quality win. Bring on the Scotland 7s in a few weeks. Well done boys. #GOCanadaGO #Tokyo7s— Andy F (@Andy F) 31/03/2013 08:15
Next up is the Bowl final between Argentina and England. Two teams met yesterday with England winning 31-7.
Canada are presented with the Shield on the field. Team now posing for a group photo.
Canada captain Nanyak Dala on winning the Shield: It's a little bitter sweet but good to finish on a high.
Good finish @RugbyCanada. Great tournament for Japan! #tokyo7s @IRBSevens— Andrew Evans (@Andrew Evans) 31/03/2013 08:10
Canada win the Shield, defeating hosts Japan 27-14 in the final on the back of four tries from Sean Duke, whose parents are here in the stands in Tokyo.
Duke does it again. Fourth try o fthe game and 30th of the season. Surely clinches the Shield for Canada.
A hat-trick for Duke, who once again has too much pace and strength for the man marking him. 22-14 to Canada.
Kosuke Hashino makes the most of a good break by Jamie Henry. The conversion is good and it is 17-14. Can the hosts come from behind once again?
Japan have made just 42% of their tackles. Canada have scored every time they have entered Japan's 22.
Taylor Paris adds to Japan's woes as Casnada score straight from the restart. Canada lead 17-7 at halftime.
Duke once again goes around his man to score. The Japanese have made four errors to just one by Canada.
Canada strike back with Sean Duke grabbing his 81st career try. 7-5 to Japan.
Japan kick off and the crowd goes wild just 30 seconds later as Katsuyuki Sakai scores the opening try. The conversion is good and it's 7-0.
The first final of the day gets underway in a couple of minutes with hosts Japan taking on Canada for the Shield. The two sides met yesterday with Japan winning 14-10.
South Africa reach the Cup final with a 14-12 win over France.
Seabelo Senatla once again shows how quick he is. Scores in the same corner as he did in the quarterfinals as South Africa go 14-5 up.
HT:Game 40 #7RSA 7-5 #7FRA http://t.co/ySdyueVAiA #Tokyo7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 31/03/2013 07:37
Cornal Hendricks finds a hole in the French defense. 31st try of the season for the South African, second behind England's Dan Norton.
Stunning try for France. Starts on their own line with a great reverse pass from Vincent Inigo to Stephen Parez who then goes 95 metres for the score.
France against South Africa in the final semifinal of the afternoon. Winners to play New Zealand for the Cup.
New Zealand reach the Cup final with a 35-17 win over Australia.
Sherwin Stowers scores his fourth try for New Zealand. May upset his sister as she plays sevens for Australia. 28-7 to the Kiwis.
HT:Game 39 #7AUS 7-21 #7NZL http://t.co/ySdyueVAiA #Tokyo7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 31/03/2013 07:15
Most of the big fish, the likes of Fiji Samoa all not in any finals... a very interesting #Tokyo7s. ths is an awesome season @IRBSevens— Marcus Josiah (@Marcus Josiah) 31/03/2013 07:14
New Zealand fight right back and two quick tries in succession make it a 14-7 game.
Pama Fou needs just 30 seconds to get Australia on the scoreboard. 7-0 to last year's champs.
The lights are on at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground as Australia and New Zealand run out for the first Cup semifinal.
New Zealand will have watched those last two games with interest as Fiji and Samoa are their closest rivals in the overall Series standings.
Stephen Gemmel, Scotland coach, on defeating Samoa: "That is as good as we have been. USA did their job against Fiji, we have to deal with ourselves. Massive disappointed against France with a golden opportunity but the boys have bounced back well."
Scotland upset Samoa 21-17. The Socts will play the U.S. in the final of the Plate.
Great break by Mark Robertson finished off by skipper Colin Gregor as Scotland go 21-12 up. Looks like an all Northern Hemisphere plate final is on.
Scotland lead Samoa 14-5. Could we see two upsets on the trot?
Scots playing the ball fast! Surprisingly, Samoans can't keep up! #Tokyo7s— Pirkko (@Pirkko) 31/03/2013 06:52
@bethcoalter anything can happen in the greatest game on the planet! @IRBSevens #Tokyo7s— Albert Caravelli (@Albert Caravelli) 31/03/2013 06:51
Russell Weir ends a great passage of inter-passing by going over. Colin Gregor adds the extras as Scotland lead Samoa 7-5.
USA just beat 2nd ranked Fiji, with two of their best players out on injury. So Excited!! #Tokyo7s— Joseph Fricke (@Joseph Fricke) 31/03/2013 06:45
Alex Magleby, USA Sevens coach after victory over Fiji: "It is huge, just for confidence. We have been on the wrong end of those close results in the last few tournaments so it is good to get one going for us and now we get to play in a trophy final. It is also important to get those extra couple of important Series points."
Luke Hume scores with the final play and Shalom Suniula adds the extras as the U.S. pull off a huge upset, downing Fiji 21-19. That's it for Fiji, while the U.S. will play Samoa or Scotland in the final of the Plate.
Some tired bodies out there. The U.S. have closed to 19-14 and within a score of upsetting Fiji.
Thats how much we love our Rugby RT @IRBSevens: #Tokyo7s trending in Nairobi as it usually does when #7KEN play @willielose @wyngru #Tokyo7s— Marcus Josiah (@Marcus Josiah) 31/03/2013 06:35
@ZTesty5 and the whole Eagles squad have been playing w/ more intensity in this tourney than I have seen in a while. #KeepItUp #Tokyo7s #WIN— Jonathan Halter (@Jonathan Halter) 31/03/2013 06:35
HT:Game 37 #7FIJ 19-7 #7USA http://t.co/ySdyueVAiA #Tokyo7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 31/03/2013 06:33
The U.S. strike back as Mike Palefau gets on the end of an inch-perfect kick pass. But Fiji respond straight from the kick start with Osea Kolinisau taking the kick and going over from 60 metres out.
@AndyEvans_SS @rugbycanada I grew up in Japan as a kid, so I'm rooting against my northern friends in this one! #Tokyo7s #SushiVsMaplesyrup— Jonathan Halter (@Jonathan Halter) 31/03/2013 06:29
Fiji open up with two tries. Lead 12-0 halfway through first half.
Restarts looking a little shaky for the Eagles. Need to sort that out or Fiji will make them pay. #tokyo7s— USA Rugby (@USA Rugby) 31/03/2013 06:27
Plate semi-final: USA v Fiji up now at #Tokyo7s— AtTheSevens.com (@AtTheSevens.com) 31/03/2013 06:25
Rob Vickerman, England captain: "I am sure that Dan will be the first person to tell you that it is a team effort, but he is quick. Crucial conversion from Christian there at the end too. Tough game against Argentina to come."
Norton gets his second hat trick of the day for England. Christian Lewis-Pratt adds the conversion from out wide as England come from behind to beat Wales 21-19. Sets up a Bowl final with Argentina.
Dan Norton sprints over for his second try of the game, fifth of the day and seventh of the tournament as England go 14-7 up.
All square in the second Bowl semifinal. England 7 Wales 7.
Japan celebrate after their win at #Tokyo7s http://t.co/TQIJFhszPE— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 31/03/2013 06:09
Sad end to the day for Wales' Alex Webber as he is stretchered from the field.
Match saving tackle by Valentin Cruz. Brings down a Kenyan as the hooter goes to give his side a 12-10 win. Argentina move into the Bowl final where they will play the winners of the next game between England and Wales.
Matias Moroni makes the most of three missed tackles from Kenya as Argentina go 12-5 up.
Queen back on the stadium PA as the crowd are urged to make some noise.
@ashioyas strikes for #7KEN on the stroke of half time, and the scores are tied 5-5 after the first seven. #Tokyo7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 31/03/2013 05:48
Local reaction to Japan's win. They will play Canada in the Shield final at 2:52 p.m. local time.
M34（シールド準決勝）日本19-15ポルトガル、試合終了。14:52から始まるシールドの決勝戦に進みます！#Tokyo7s #rugbyjp— JRFUMedia (@JRFUMedia) 31/03/2013 05:36
Japan didn't win a game last year in Tokyo. This year they have won two. A third victory will give them some silverware.
Jamie Henry, Japan Sevens, after victory over Portugal: "It means a lot because we have been in camp for a while and it shows we can beat teams that are up there, we just have to have that self belief and we showed it there. One more game to go and we will give it our all."
Jamie Henry kicks the ball out and Japan are through to the Shield final following a 19-15 win over Portugal. Crowd delighted as the hosts set up a re-match with Canada, who they beat on Day 1.
Katsuyuki Sakai scores a captain's try as Japan take the lead. The conversion is good. 19-15 to Japan with two minutes on the clock.
Shuetsu Narita scores the first of the two tries Japan need. 15-12 to Portugal, but crowd is right behind the hosts.
Pedro Leal shows some good soccer skills to go over for the opening try of the second half. Japan need two scores if they are to stay alive in the tournament.
Three missed tackles by Japan, just one by Portugal tell the story of the first half.
Yusaku Kuwazuru closes out the half with a try. Great conversion closes the gap to three points at the break. 10-7.
Japan have hardly touched the ball and they trail Portugal 10-0 after almost five minutes of the first half.
Japan and Portugal take to the field. Hosts will be hoping they can give the local fans something to cheer about.
Congratulations to @ThomasFuly for scoring his first @IRBSevens World Series Try for Canada in the Shield Semis vs. Spain! #Tokyo7s— RugbyCanada (@RugbyCanada) 31/03/2013 05:13
Canada are the first team to reach a final. They beat Spain 38-0 to make the Shield final where they will play Portugal or Japan.
Canada string the passes together to allow Duke to go over. Spain set to bid Tokyo sayonara.
Nathan Hirayama goes over for Canada's third try, combining well with Sean Duke, the other Canadian with Japanese heritage. 19-0 to Canada, who look set for one of the berths in the Shield final.
HT:Game 33 #7ESP 0-12 #7CAN http://t.co/ySdyueVAiA #Tokyo7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 31/03/2013 05:04
Shield semifinal between Spain and Canada gets underway.
France captain Manoel Dall Igna: "The match defense was our best point. It is difficult to play our game like a good Scotland team with aggressive defense too. We are happy, SA is a big team so now a semi final who knows."
#CUPsemis Australia v New Zealand. South Africa v France. #Tokyo7s— iamjonnyking™ (@iamjonnyking™) 31/03/2013 04:53
Scotland lose the ball long after the hooter and France are through to the Cup semifinals following a 14-10 win.
Mark Robertson gets one of the two tries Scotland need. One minute to go and France lead 14-10.
Clever play from France, using up the clock while they are down to six men. Scotland need two scores.
Michael Fedo spills the ball in the in-goal area. Costly mistake for Scotland, who still have a numerical advantage with Inigo in the sin bin.
Scotland coach Stephen Gemmell at half time: "They don't was us moving, they want us stop-start, so let's get moving."
France go into the break leading Scotland 14-5. Winners will be only Northern Hemisphere team in the Cup semifinal.
France prove patience is a virtue, as Vincent Inigo finishes off a good passage of play to go over for the opening try.
Scotland and France underway. Winners will play South Africa for a spot in the Cup final.
Frankie Horne, SA captain after victory v Samoa: "That was a tough match, credit to Samoa they made us work very hard for it. Something special for us to come back from last weekend to this weekend. It is just amazing."
Seabelo Senatia turns on the gas to cross in the corner as South Africa win it at the death. Cracking conversion from the touchline. South Africa wins 19-12.
South Africa opt for a shot at goal through du Preez. Attempt falls short so it is still 12-12.
RT @All7Sevens: 20mn are u ready?? It's time for QF Cup #Tokyo7s #teamFrance #AllezLesBleus France Sevens— chds du mhr (@chds du mhr) 31/03/2013 04:24
South Africa back in it. They claim the restart and Cecil Afrika puts Steven Hunt away for the try. Branco du Preez adds the extras and the game is all tied up at 12-12.
HT:Game 31 #7SAM 12-5 #7RSA http://t.co/ySdyueVAiA #Tokyo7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 31/03/2013 04:20
South Africa and Samoa on the field for the third Cup quarterfinal. Winners will play either Scotland or France in the semifinals.
Test grabs a second try for the USA but its too little too late. New Zealand win 19-12 and will take on Australia in the Cup semifinal.
About 3:30 left in the second half and USA down 7-19 to NZ in the cup quarters. Isles walking, but goes to sidelines. #tokyo7s— USA Rugby (@USA Rugby) 31/03/2013 04:05
Big collision in midfield. Carlin Isles and Lote Raikabula clash heads. Referee stops game immediately. New Zealand's Raikabula seems OK, but a shaken Isles is led from the field.
Tim Mikkelson puts New Zealand ahead just before the break. 14-7 to the Kiwis, who are without captain DJ Forbes and Sam Dickson, both of whom have been ruled out with injury.
Going nowhere until some Ben Lam brilliance. Step. Step. Boom. Under the Posts. 7-7. #CUPquarters #Tokyo7s— iamjonnyking™ (@iamjonnyking™) 31/03/2013 03:55
Zach Test gives the U.S. the ideal test. Crosses for a try in the second minute. Team USA lead New Zealand 7-0.
Up next #USA v #NZL AT #Tokyo7s #USAStrong c'mon boys, time to make some history!— Grant Cole (@Grant Cole) 31/03/2013 03:48
James Stannard, Australia: "It is key, the way we defended. Fiji play with some depth, and moving up on them was a good plan and it paid off for us."
Australia contunue their love affair with Tokyo. Last year's champions down Fiji 21-12.
Holland does it again. Great hands from the Australian as he goes over for his second try. Fiji need two scores to stay alive in the Cup.
Lewis Holland produces a great solo effort as Australia score straight from the restart to go 14-12 up. Last year's champions not giving up their crown without a fight.
I love Australia and all BUT #Fiji is who I'm backing! ^.^ #Tokyo7s #TeamFiji #torn— Laisa. (@Laisa.) 31/03/2013 03:39
All square in the first Cup quarterfinal. Australia 7 Fiji 7.
Cup quarterfinals get underway with Fiji taking on last year's winners Australia.
Wales use up the clock by taking a shot at goal. The kick is good and Wales beat Japan 22-14. Next up for the Welsh is England in the semifinal of the Bowl. Japan move into the Shield where they will play Portugal.
Kazushi Hano picks the ball up off his toes and goes over for Japan's second try. Crowd comes alive as the hosts close to 19-14 on the back of a good conversion from out wide.
HT:Game 28 #7WAL 19-7 #7JPN http://t.co/ySdyueVAiA #Tokyo7s— Sevens World Series (@Sevens World Series) 31/03/2013 03:13
Mistake by Wales in their own 22 and Jamie Henry makes the most of it to cross for Japan. Conversion is good and Japan lead Wales 7-5.
Local favourites up next. Crowd on their feet as Japan take the field to play Wales for a place in the Bowl semifinals.
England's hat-trick hero Dan Norton: "The way we train, we want to be higher up, we want to be winning our games. It is always hard coming out in the second day knowing you have to play in the Bowl, but you have to do as well as you can, and we want to build some momentum ahead of the last two tournaments."
England march into the Bowl semifinal with a 40-0 win over Portugal. They will now face the winners of the next game between Wales and hosts Japan.
Looks like #ENG will be waiting for #WAL in the #Tokyo7s Bowl SF should we be able to overcome #JAP @IRBSevens that's an incentive to win!— Keith Power (@Keith Power) 31/03/2013 00:58
Stadium starting to fill up, and the rain has stopped...for now. But thick coats and scarves are the order of the day rather than fancy dress.
Hat-trick for England speedster Norton. Christian Lewis-Pratt adds the extras. England up 26-0 with four minutes remaining.
Norton crosses again for England. 31 tries for the season, two more than South Africa's Cornal Hendricks. England lead 19-0 at halftime.
England, wearing sky blue, open the scoring through speedster Dan Norton. That was his 30th try of the season.
England and Portugal up next. Both sides in need of points with England currently 10th in the standings and Portugal 13th. Teams finishing 13th, 14th and 15th going into the final round in London will take part in a promotion/relegation playoff with five qualifiers that earned the right last week in Hong Kong.
@KenyaRugby247 @KenyaRugbyUnion @MikeFriday09 Go go Kenya 7s so proud of you #Tokyo7s— Grace Eshiwani (@Grace Eshiwani ) 31/03/2013 00:41
Andrew Amonde, Kenya captain: "I think we passed the test because the boys showed good spirit to come back and win after a bad performance yesterday."
Andrew Amonde goes over as the hooter sounds to seal Kenya's win. A 17-5 victory sees the Kenyans advance to the Bowl semifinal.
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Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground