Defending champions New Zealand claim the HSBC Sevens World Series 2013/14 opener at the Gold Coast Sevens in Robina.
- New Zealand beat Australia 40-19 in the Cup final
- Hosts beat South Africa in epic semi-final after eight minutes of extra time
- England claim record win over South Africa for third place
- Fiji claim the Plate final in emphatic win over Kenya
- France claim dramatic Bowl final in extra time against Canada
- USA win Shield final
- Sunday's fixtures and results at Skilled Park in Robina
All times are your local time
That's it from us, hope you enjoyed the last couple of days as much we have. The Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens is our next destination at the end of next month - mark off 29/30 November on your diaries/calendars. See you then!
It's celebatory haka time at Skilled Park, led by DJ Forbes, stripped to the waist, much to the delight of the New Zealand fans.
RT @willielose: No wonder @IRBSevens is an Olympic sport. #GoldCoast7s was just brilliant and the final was all class.Orsum Oz for gusting …— SelitaNavusolo (@SelitaNavusolo) 13/10/2013 11:38
Some consolation for the hosts, captain Ed Jenkins is named Player of the Tournament.
You don't get called Sir for no reason! Sir Gordon Tietjens has built an incredible team! #GoldCoast7s— Pate Tuilevuka (@Pate Tuilevuka) 13/10/2013 11:35
New Zealand 40-19 Australia
Momentary hope for Australia as Cameron Clark bursts through for a touchdown but David Raikuna seals the win to begin their HSBC Sevens World Series title defence in emphatic style.
New Zealand 26-12 Australia
A 30m pass from Sam Dickson sees the All Blacks sweep upfield as Tomasi Cama touches down under the posts, converting his own try, before Waisake Naholo applies boot to a loose ball, managing to apply the appropriate pressure before crossing the dead-ball line for 26 unanswered points. Four minutes remaining on the clock.
Leading try scorer Tim Mikkelson of @nz7s has left the field and is being tended to by medical staff #GoldCoast7s— Gold Coast 7s (@Gold Coast 7s) 13/10/2013 11:26
Australia 12-14 New Zealand
Ambrose Curtis is a predator on that right wing, the speed merchant whips in his second touchdown of the final, his fourth of the tournament, with Tomasi Cama giving New Zealand a half-time lead with another brilliant conversion. Ten more minutes to go, will it be another victory for the All Blacks?
Nervous times for the @Aussie7s as the look to win the #GoldCoast7s for the first time! http://t.co/Xa37fg96vI— Gold Coast 7s (@Gold Coast 7s) 13/10/2013 11:17
New Zealand 7-12 Australia
Who said they might be short on gas? Paul Stannard skips through several missed tackles to score - and Skilled Park's audio levels reach defeaning levels, even the most optimistic weren't expecting that start. However, Ambrose Curtis cuts down the deficit with a converted try.
New Zealand 0-5 Australia
Lively start from the hosts as they spin the ball out to Ed Jenkins, who stands strong to deliver the perfect start - that's only the second try New Zealand have conceded this weekend.
Australia haven't beaten their rivals since 2011 and their last tournament victory on home soil was 11 years ago. Who'll be crowned Gold Coast Sevens champions? We'll find out in the next 15 minutes.
England coach Simon Amor saw his team finish up their season-opening tournament with a bang.
"It has been a great experience, it is a wonderful set up in the Gold Coast," he says. "Pleased for my guys, we made a lot of mistakes but we progressed from the first to the last. South Africa are a fantastic side but I think they just ran out of steam there."
And here come the teams for the final - it's a trans-Tasman affair between those two teams who know each other every so well. Remember, the Australians had the disadvantage of playing almsot 10 minutes of extra time in their semi-finals, so New Zealand should be fresher for the encounter.
New Zealand and Australia final at the #GoldCoast7s - The Kiwis look too good for anyone but the Aussie never say die! this is Sevens!— Sevens Fan (@Sevens Fan) 13/10/2013 10:55
New Fiji coach Ben Ryan earns his first bit of silverware as his team claim the Plate:
"The warmth and generosity of the Fijian people has been outstanding. On the field we have a lot of work to do. We have a huge amount of talent in Fiji, now we just need to make sure we have the right guys on the pitch, they are fit and good for purpose. We want to be lifting Cups, not Plates. When we are on the money, as you've seen there, they play good rugby, we just need to be more consistent."
England 47-0 South Africa
Mike Ellery joins the fun as he runs in England's seventh try, extending their best-ever Sevens score against the Blitzbokke (their previous best was 38-0 in 2006). A completely one-sided affair.
England 40-0 South Africa
James Rodwell adds his second try of the game some 40 seconds after the interval, making scoring look very easy, as does Dan Bibby who runs in a length-of-the-pitch try, skipping away from two tired tackles in the process. And to continue the scoring symmetry, Phil Burgess scores his second.
England 21-0 South Africa
Dan Bibby, who scored a hat-trick on day one, breaks free from two tackles for England's third try of the match. South Africa are clearly feeling the effects of their lung-busting extra-time defeat by Australia in the semi-final, they've little energy or endeavour to offer in the first half.
England 14-0 South Africa
James Rodwell breaks the deadlock, despite Dan Bibby's clumsy tap penalty skills, with Tom Mitchell adding the conversion from an acute angle, with Phil Burgess doubling England's lead straight from the kick-off.
And we're under way in the third-placed match between England and South Africa. These two teams meet on Saturday, when the Blitzbokke ran out 22-14 winners. Will it be another repeat?
Congratulations to #Plate winners at the #GoldCoast7s -@fijirugby http://t.co/S7yrN5hXd8— Gold Coast 7s (@Gold Coast 7s) 13/10/2013 10:30
We beat Tonga and USA easily. We beat Wales too. New Zealand and Fiji embarrassed us. Consistency is vital Kenya. #Shujaa #GoldCoast7s— Karani Mutonga (@Karani Mutonga ) 13/10/2013 10:25
Fiji 36-0 Kenya
A relentless onslaught from Fiji as Sakiusa Nadruku runs in try number five, Kenya have nothing to give. And right on the stroke of full-time, Benito Masilevu hits the accelerator for a comprehensive win. Not quite what they wanted considering they were the defending champions here on the Gold Coast but a confidence-boosting display ahead of Dubai.
Fiji 24-0 Kenya
A rousing team talk from Fiji coach Ben Ryan, emphasising their spots on the plane to Dubai are at stake in this second half. The former England coach wants ruthlessness - and that's exactly what Ilai Tinai gives him as the Pacific Islanders cruise over for try number four.
Fiji 17-0 Kenya
Moments after Benito Masilevu drops a clanger as he touches down for a score, knocking on applying downward pressure, Samisoni Viriviri makes up for his error by touching down in the corner. Kenya haven't even touched the ball and Waisea Nacuqu has doubled the lead, with a simple conversion adding a further couple of points. And Masilevu makes up for his earlier indiscretion to score his fifth try of the tournament.
A tired - but delighted - France captain Vincent Deniau: "That was a big game, Canada is a very good team. But we won three games so it was good for us today and we said it was a minimum to win the Bowl today. The spirit was better for us and we need to keep that for Dubai next."
unlucky after spirited extra time in the #BowlFinal Proud to be Canadian well done @RugbyCanada lots of youth looking good. #GoldCoast7s— Nick Taylor (@Nick Taylor) 13/10/2013 10:00
Canada 14-19 France
And the first Bowl of the new season goes to France after Julien Saubade wriggles over for the decisive try. Heartbreak for Canada but there has to be a loser.
That is one of the best drop goals under pressure you will ever see from Braid for Canada to force the Bowl Final into ET at #GoldCoast7s.— Toby Stoate (@Toby Stoate) 13/10/2013 09:55
Canada 14-14 France
Vive la France! OK, it was fortuitous as a kick rebounds off Harry Jones's leg and into the hands of a grateful Renaud Delmas, who runs it into the corner for five points, soon converted. And almost immediately after Paul Albaladejo doubles his team's tally with a close-range try. Drama in the final seconds as Sean Ferguson steams into the corner, meaning Connor Braid has to convert from the touchline - and he's only done it! What a kick! It's another extra timer!
Canada 7-0 France
Justin Douglas gives Canada the lead as he outpaces Renaud Delmas, touching down his fourth try of the tournament. Not one for the purists but still enough intrigue for the second half.
TRY to @RugbyCanada Justin Douglas. Conversion successful. Celebrations momentarily halted with no.3 Dala receiving attn from medical staff— Gold Coast 7s (@Gold Coast 7s) 13/10/2013 09:36
Next up is the Bowl final - Canada v France. These teams have played 41 times previously with France leading the head-to-head with 28 victories. Can Canada upset the history book?
Congratulations to #GoldCoast7s Shield winners @USARugby http://t.co/6dt39kL7rZ— Gold Coast 7s (@Gold Coast 7s) 13/10/2013 09:28
USA 22-0 Portugal
Brett Thompson sinks try number three before Folau Niua seals the Shield for the USA with a simple tap down in front of the posts. Not one of Portugal's finest displays but they've got plenty of time to improve over the course of the season.
USA 10-0 Portugal
Stephen Tomasin opens up the scoring with a speedy try in the corner before the impressive Zack Test doubles USA's lead. It's looking good for Matt Hawkins' team.
So this is how this evening's finals will be played (all times in Gold Coast time):
- USA v Portugal - Shield Final (1702)
- Canada v France - Bowl Final (1732)
- Fiji v Kenya - Plate Final (1802)
- England v South Africa - third place (1832)
- New Zealand v Australia - Cup final (1904)
Proud of the @BlitzBokke ! What a game! Now go get some rest boys, it aint over yet. #Blitzbokke @bokrugby @GoldCoast7s— Melissa Bailey (@Melissa Bailey) 13/10/2013 08:56
Australia 24-19 South Africa
Another yellow card for the Blitzbokke, this time it's Sampie Mastriet - and Australia have a penalty! They go for the drop - but Cameron Clark misses the drop kick. However, Jesse Parahi brings this epic game to a close as he touches down in the corner for the decisive score. That was breathless sevens, which is pretty much what those 12 men in green and gold will be after that effort.
Australia 19-19 South Africa
Incredible, energy-sapping defence from the South Africans, hauling down Junior Laloifi when he looked destined to score - and then turning over possession right on their own tryline. It's another five minutes of extra time. Will either team have anything left for the final?
This is too much stress for an early sunday morning! Go bokke!!! #GoldCoast7s— sporty1009 (@sporty1009) 13/10/2013 08:43
It's extra time - the first team to score, wins. Justin Geduld's in the sin-bin. And we're off...
We're into extra time! Scores 19-19. A tense last few minutes with both teams showing aggression & superb defense. Stay tuned #Sevens fans— Gold Coast 7s (@Gold Coast 7s) 13/10/2013 08:39
Australia 19-19 South Africa
Ed Jenkins turns on the burners to extend the hosts' lead, only for Jamba Ulengo skips away to reduce the deficit once again. It's to and fro, touch and go - and Stephan Dippenaar bolts 70m to level the scores! But Justin Geduld misses the conversion with 2:15 on the clock. The Skilled Park volume has been turned up to 11.
AUS19-19RSA whoever scores next wins this CupSF #GoldCoast7s— Zaki Natö (@Zaki Natö) 13/10/2013 08:35
Australia 14-7 South Africa
Jamba Ulengo sweeps up his chip kick to bring South Africa to within a converted score. It's all set for a rousing final seven minutes.
What a hand-off & try by the big Aussie lad Walker. The @GoldCoast7s worth getting up early for!— Swivel Eyed Broon (@Swivel Eyed Broon) 13/10/2013 08:22
Australia 14-0 South Africa
Shannon Walker barges off Justin Geduld and steps Jamba Ulengo to pile in under the posts before Con Foley doubles the advanage moments later as he steals the ball from an unsuspecting Geduld. Remember, Australia have not won a tournament on home soil since 2002.
New Zealand 14-5 England
Tomasi Cama goes sideways as the clock ticks to 0:00 as the All Blacks secure their place in their 74th Series final. Phenomenal. But a spirited display to hearten England coach Simon Amor, he'll want that standard all the way through. Next up is Australia and South Africa - both teams unbeaten so far this weekend.
New Zealand 14-5 England
Moments after Dan Norton spurns a golden opportunity for England after a half John Brake, um, break after knocking on a long pass, Tim Mikkelson steams into the corner to give the defending champions some breathing space. A miniute to go - too much for England to do?
Kiwis always step up when the chips are down. #mindset #yellowCardsMeanNothing #workHarder #GoldCoastSevens #rugby 7-7 at the break— Dazza (@ Dazza) 13/10/2013 08:09
New Zealand 7-5 England
New Zealand are down to six men when Tim Mikkelson is sin-binned for poor discipline but, rather than taking advantage of their extra man on the pitch, England somehow manage to concede in the final seconds of the first half as Waisake Naholo finds Scott Curry to touch down under the posts. Game on with conversion scored.
New Zealand 0-5 England
And first blood to England! Mike Ellery bundles over from close range, so they do concede points after all...
And the crowd go ballistic loving the Kenyans #kenya7s #GoldCoast7s— James Wilson (@James Wilson) 13/10/2013 07:55
Wales 7-12 Kenya
Felix Ayange scores the winning try to the delight of the crowd, and Kenya march on the Plate final to face Fiji. That could be some match. Stay tuned folks, next we have the Cup semi finals...
Meanwhile Nathan Sharpe has been backing his Australian Sevens side to go on to win the tournament here, saying "every dog has its day."
And here he is, Oscar Ouma, scoring at the Wellington Sevens earlier this year.
Wales 7-7 Kenya
Wales take the lead through their captain Adam Thomas who slots a lovely kick through the Kenya defence to collect and dot down under the posts before Oscar Ouma, who a lot of you have voted for in the #SevensDreamTeam draws the scores level on the stroke of half time.
Argentina's Santiago Gomez Cora, the all-time leading try scorer in the history of Sevens and now coach of Los Pumas:"I found all the teams were at a good level. There used to be five or six teams would be at the top, but now there are 12, 13, or 14. Every match is very hard, so we have to work more than I thought. The level is growing year by year. It is not easy to make the transition, sometimes I still think as a player! It is my first time here and I have a lot of things to do. It is easier to be a player, I thought maybe when you were a coach you had more time to rest but no there is so much to think about, but I love it.
And we're away in our first Cup semi-final - New Zealand against England. Defending champions New Zealand have scored 135 points so far this weekend - and have not conceded a point against. Can Simon Amor's team breach that water-tight defence?
Samoa 24-31 Fiji
Samoa Taloa gives the Samoans a rousing finish, scoring a try on the hooter but it's not enough to prevent Fiji from taking their place in the Plate final, where they will face the winner of Kenya v Wales.
Samoa 19-31 Fiji
Samoa do to Fiji what they did to them in the first half as Reupena Levasa scores soon after kick-off but Ilai Tinai's explosive speed at the base of the ruck is impossible to stop as he runs in Fiji's fifth try. However, there's still plenty of life in the old dog yet as Samoa's Levi Asifa'amatala and Faalemiga Selesele reduce the deficit to 12 points. The clock's stopped at 42 seconds to allow medical attention to a Fijian player.
Samoa 0-24 Fiji
Fiji dominate the opening exchanges as Waisea Nacuqu storms through before Vuniani Vucago Bainitabua extends the lead to 19, much to the delight of the sizeable Fijian contingent in the stands. And the best is saved until last as Samisoni Viriviri scores directly from the kick-off, taking advantage of a kind bounce to give Ben Ryan's team a huge half-time lead.
Samoa 0-7 Fiji
And we're under way in the first Plate semi-final between Samoa and Fiji - and we've had the fastest try of the tournament so far as Benito Masilevu scores almost directly 12 seconds after kick-off, his fourth try of the weekend.
RT @AtTheSevens: Plate semi-finals up next at #GoldCoast7s Fiji v Samoa. Then Kenya v Wales #GoldCoast7s— ISIYE DANCAN (@ISIYE DANCAN) 13/10/2013 07:10
Here's what the IRB Sevens Operations Manager Beth Coalter says about the new HSBC Sevens World Series calendar. "We have seen some amazing rugby to get the season underway," she says. "The Gold Coast is a great way to start and the rugby on the pitch, starting from match one, has been tremendous. There is extra pressure this year with the promotion/relegation and that is adding something else in all the matches with no side wanting to be in that 15th spot."
Argentina 12-17 France
Julien Candelon is France's extra-time hero as he barges through from a smart offload, securing a place in the Bowl final against Canada.
Argentina 12-12 France
Lovely close passing from the Pumas allows Gaston Revol to reduce the deficit to five. Renaud Delmas somehow manages to keep out Axel Muller by kicking the ball as the Argentine was about to apply pressure to score, preventing a cast-iron try. However, Diego Palma scores the decisive try in the final minute, taking the game into extra-time - first score wins.
Argentina 0-12 France
Solid first half from France, spinning the ball along the line as Vincent Inigo and Jeremy Aicardi each add touchdowns to their tallies. Argentina are playing without their usual verve and oomph - a rousing team-talk from Santiago Gomez Cora is needed to get them back into this.
Great work from @RugbyCanada sevens boys @IRBSevens in Australia. 4-1 record impressive.#platehunting #doitfornate— Gareth Rees (@Gareth Rees) 13/10/2013 06:45
Scotland 14-19 Canada
Andrew Turnbull scores his 127th try for Scotland with a smart chip and chase, aided by a kind bounce. But that man Harry Jones is at it again, sprinting through for the try which seals the victory and a place in the Bowl final. They'll play either Argentina or France in the final.
Great break from #HarryJones sees the lead switch again. Scotland 15-19 Canada #GoldCoast7s Bowl semis— AtTheSevens.com (@AtTheSevens.com) 13/10/2013 06:32
Scotland 7-12 Canada
That man Johnny Moonlight is back in the...um, limelight with his fifth try of the tournament but Joe Nayacavou steams through a giant hole in the Canada defence to put the Scots level. However, Harry Jones ensures Australia go into the interval in front with a late burst.
John Moonlight. Best name at #GoldCoast7s - and he just scored. One could say that Moonlight is shining. #thatswhyidontcall hahah— Sulli - it's cleaner (@Sulli - it's cleaner) 13/10/2013 06:22
Bowl semis up next at #GoldCoast7s Scotland v Canada then Argentina v France— AtTheSevens.com (@AtTheSevens.com) 13/10/2013 06:18
Tonga 7-40 Portugal
It's hat-trick for Carl Murray, captitalising on a lucky bounce to steam over while Sergio Franco slides over for his first try of the tournament as Portugal cruise into the Shield final against the USA.
Carl Murray has his 2nd of the match thanks to an impressive offload from Almeida. @PortugalRugby 28 - 7 @RugbyTonga— Gold Coast 7s (@Gold Coast 7s) 13/10/2013 06:11
Selu Vailea slips over just short of the try line but regathers himself to score Tonga's first try! @PortugalRugby 21 - 7 @RugbyTonga— Gold Coast 7s (@Gold Coast 7s) 13/10/2013 06:09
Portugal 21-0 Tonga
Aderito Esteves carves open the Tongan defence, popping a cute pass for Francisco Almeida to touch down under the posts before the muscular David Mateus does the same a few minutes later, along wth Carl Murray. One-way traffic - six missed tackles by the Tongans.
Fact fans, here's a nugget to chew on: The fewest points to have been conceded in winning a Cup was Australia at the 2002 Brisbane Sevens (the last time the hosts won a tournament on home soil). They concede five against Samoa and 12 against England, but won their three pool matches and Cup final to nil.
USA 26-7 Spain
Stephen Tomasin marks his HSBC Sevens World Series debut with a try as he weaves inside and out before touching down with the attentions of two defenders to negotiate. And Folau Niua secures his second try before Ryan Matyas scores his first Series try to round things off for Matt Hawkins' team.
After the Cup quarters, who caught your eye? Nominate who you think should make the fans' dream team using #SevensDreamTeam now!— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 13/10/2013 05:45
United States 7-7 Spain
Our first Shield semi-final sees Folau Niua and Angel Lopez exchange tries with both teams evenly matched so far.
So we're heading towards the business end of the tournament now, the first stop in our nine-tournament HSBC Sevens World Series. Here's how the scoring system works:
• Cup winner (1st place): 22 points
• Cup runner-up (2nd place): 19 points
• Cup third-place play-off winner (3rd place): 17 points
• Cup third-place play-off loser (4th place): 15 points
• Plate winner (5th place): 13 points
• Plate runner-up (6th place): 12 points
• Losing Plate semi-finalists (joint 7th place): 10 points
• Bowl winner (9th place): 8 points
• Bowl runner-up (10th place): 7 points
• Losing Bowl semi-finalists (joint 11th place): 5 points
• Shield winner (13th place): 3 points
• Shield runner-up (14th place): 2 points
• Losing Shield semi-finalists (joint 15th place): 1 point
@BlitzBokke Well done boys! Only two wins to #GoldCoast7s Trophy!— #RugbyCheetah (@#RugbyCheetah) 13/10/2013 05:30
South Africa 28-21 Wales
Is that the decisive try? It is! Replacement Steven Hunt bursts through on the angle from Cecil Afrika's pass and it's heartbreak for gallant Wales. South Africa play Australia for a place in the Cup final - stay tuned for that.
South Africa 21-21 Wales
The Blitzbokke hit back in style as Cornal Hendricks sets up the electric Jamba Ulengo to sizzle through the Welsh defence as he touches down for an impressive score. However, Chris Knight, scorer of four tries on day one, adds number five for Wales as he swoops on the wing. Two minutes to go on the clock and it's all level. Grandstand finale coming right up...
South Africa 14-14 Wales
Everyone loves a dummy, especially one which leads to a try - and that's exactly what Rhys Jones does as he sells one which would make an eskimo shell his hard-earned readies for ice, touching down under the posts unopposed to put Wales level. However, the match is stopped as Kyle Brown receives attention for an injury. Six minutes on the clock.
South Africa 14-7 Wales
Cornal Hendricks, last season's joint-top try scorer at the Gold Coast, is sent through the inside channel by Chris Dry, touching down between the sticks before adding his second as he takes advantage of lapse defending from a quick tap to power through from five metres. However, Lee Williams proves there's plenty of fight in this Welsh team - they've already come back from 21-0 down on day one to draw, so they've got it in them.
A delighted Michael O'Connor, Australia Sevens coach, after securing their place in the last four: "That was great. We got knocked out at this stage last year by Kenya so it was good to get that win."
We lose to the hosts at #CupQuarters ...good one lads but those mistakes need to be rectified before the next leg #kenya7s #GoldCoast7s— Willy Wex (@Willy Wex) 13/10/2013 05:01
Australia 24-12 Kenya
The hosts seal their last-four place and will play the winner of the next match between South Africa and Wales. That 11-year home hoodoo isn't looking quite as daunting as it did following the draw against Wales in their first match.
Australia 24-12 Kenya
Aussie skipper Ed Jenkins leads from the front as he powers through from inside his own half to put Australia in front before sending Sean McMahon through in the corner to extend that lead to seven points. Nick Malouf touches down try number four for Australia, set up by Shannon Walker's diagonal run.
Australia 7-12 Kenya
Shannon Walker takes advantage of some sloppy defending to slip through half tackles but Oscar Ouma's excellent offload in the tackle finds Biko Adema, who runs in the equaliser. Ouma's a huge thorn in the Australian defence, burning up Ed Jenkins on the outside before slipping the ball to Patrice Agunda. Excellent stuff from the East Africans, they're thoroughly worth their lead.
England head coach Simon Amor says the victory wasn't about the man who he replaced at the start of the season. "It is not about Ben Ryan he is a great coach and Fiji are an outstanding side," he says. "It was about being honest, we didn't make steps forward yesterday and that was disappointing. A lot of honest words last night, a big focus on our defense and it was excellent in that match against Fiji."
And here is the time we have been waiting for. Hosts #Australia vs #Kenya7s #GoldCoast7s— SIR MASEME MACHUKA (@SIR MASEME MACHUKA) 13/10/2013 04:41
@IRBSevens always has surprises. @England7s having a field day against @Fiji7s.That was a comfortable win for them— Sammy Muraya (@Sammy Muraya) 13/10/2013 04:39
England 26-12 Fiji
Fiji, coached by former England coach Ben Ryan, can't seem to find the fluid play which made them champions at Skilled Park last year. Instead Mike Ellery touches down for his second score before Rob Vickerman scores straight from the restart, booking England's semi-final slot against New Zealand at 1558 local time. Consolation score for Vuniani Vucago Baintabua on the buzzer.
#goldcoast7s second half on and lets see whether England maintains the lead..currently they are on top @KenyaRugby247— Nobert Nyandire (@Nobert Nyandire) 13/10/2013 04:31
England 14-5 Fiji
Breathless start to England v Fiji, played at a high tempo in high temperatures. The opening is fashioned by the Pacific Islanders as Samisoni Viriviri takes advantage of space in the corner but Mat Turner levels as he bursts through the middle, with Mike Ellery giving Simon Amor's team a nine-point lead at the interval.
Gordon Tietjens, New Zealand head coach, on his team's fourth successive victory in Robina: "That was a superb game. Still to not let them score when our reserves come on was great. The guys played well, not selfish, and the options taken were great."
New Zealand 40-0 Samoa
Tim Mikkelson puts daylight between himself and Karl Te Nana in New Zealand's all-time leading try scorers in Sevens, touching down for his 115th try. Only team-mate Tomasi Cama has scored more. Actually, make that 116th try as Mikkelson touches down for his hat-trick courtesy of some fine play from Scott Curry. And Lote Raikabula barges over for his first try in Robina before the buzzer. Commanding from the defending champions - no missed tackles. Still hvaen't conceded a try this weekend.
DJ Forbes' beard will grow back before NZ concede a try at this rate #GoldCoast7s— Steve Lenthall (@Steve Lenthall) 13/10/2013 04:14
DJ's beard always goes on the second day at a Sevens tournament, it's part of his ritual Michael, though we do miss his facial hair.
What happened to DJ Forbes' beard? #GoldCoast7s #TimeToPlay— Michael Hope (@Michael Hope) 13/10/2013 04:06
New Zealand 21-0 Samoa
Scott Curry takes advantage of a missed tackle to double New Zealand's lead before scoring on the break as Tim Mikkelson turns the ball over, works well with Ambrose Curtis before touching down under the posts.
The fans are ready for the Cup quarters, are you? #GoldCoast7s http://t.co/rj0wKIUU7R http://t.co/96Ld2yTTM2— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 13/10/2013 04:03
New Zealand 7-0 Samoa
Absolutely sensational opening passage to this match - end-to-end with both teams pulling out last-ditch try-saving tackles but it's hard to keep the defending champions quiet as skipper DJ Forbes feeds Joe Webber for the first score of the match.
And it's time for the Cup quarter finals, starting with @nz7s v @manusamoa! Watch it now: http://t.co/rj0wKIUU7R— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 13/10/2013 03:57
France 19-14 Portugal
It's all going well for France as Renaud Delmas takes advantage of a team-mate drawing two defenders to slip into space but Portugal hit back through David Mateus following an impressive 10 phases. However, Julien Saubade ensures the result will be a victory for France as he steams through from the left wing to touch down under the posts. So France will play Argentina in the Bowl semi-final.
France 12-7 Portugal
A bittersweet first half for Carl Murray, who scores Portugal's opening try following good work from David Matues. However, the New Zealand-born player is in the sin-bin when he's deemed to have tackled Vincent Deniau without the ball on his own tryline, with the referee awarding a penalty try to rub salt into the wounds. And Julien Candelon saunters through to give France the lead at the interval.
Great chip and chase from David Mateus with a pass inside to Carl Murray opens the scoring for Portugal.@PortugalRugby 7 - 0 @FranceRugby7s— Gold Coast 7s (@Gold Coast 7s) 13/10/2013 03:40
France v Portugal up next #GoldCoast7s Bowl Quarters— AtTheSevens.com (@AtTheSevens.com) 13/10/2013 03:35
Argentina 17-12 Tonga
Inevitably Argentina's superior handling skills pay off as Diego Palma ghosts through a hole in the Tongan defence to touch down for his 48th try before Franco Sabato follows up on the outside following swift hands in the ruck. Oh hello! What's this? Game on! Selu Vailea leaves defenders in his wake with a scintillating run, setting up a rousing finale. And Axel Muller is the man of the moment as he skips away from four defenders for a quite brilliant individual try.
My 'TRY' sign getting more use this half #ARGvsTON ARG lead 12-5 1 min to go. Good tight game. @proudestGC @cityofgoldcoast @GoldCoast7s— Michael Rowe (@Michael Rowe) 13/10/2013 03:31
Tonga 5-0 Argentina
A scrappy first half full of errand passes and little endeavour of note, it's Tonga who take the half-time advantage through Paula Kata's third try for his country. Not one of the more memorable first halves this weekend.
The teams are in for @unionargentina v @RugbyTonga at the #GoldCoast7s - which one is this way going fans? http://t.co/79296YCM9W— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 13/10/2013 03:14
Canada 29-5 Spain
Justin Douglas, the quickest sprinter in the Canada squad, shows why as he positively burns up the Spanish on the outside before Harry Jones storms through for his second try of the weekend. Sandwiched between both scores is a quite brilliant drop-kick from Connor Braid from out wide. Spain are capitulating, losing possession in midfield to give Ciaran Hearn the opportunity to notch his second try of the match. Some respectability for Spain, though, as Javier Carrion adds five points with the last play of the match.
It's not a stormtrooper, but it's still a great outfit in the stands! #GoldCoast7s http://t.co/XMbCrOvk5l— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 13/10/2013 03:09
Canada 12-0 Spain
Lots of speed on show for Canada as first Lucas Hammond and then Ciaran Hearn cut through Spain's shellshocked defence. Meanwhile, an individual in the stands is pacing up and down dressed in a full-on Stormtrooper outfit. Bear in mind it's touching 33 to 34C in Robina, we say good luck to them (and drink lots of water).
A content Scotland captain Scott Riddell following their day-two victory: "There were a lot of positives to take from yesterday against three good teams. It's great to come out and get a first win of the season today, we had a bit of a battle with the USA last year so to get a win there we are really chuffed."
The 2nd match will see @RugbyCanada take on @Spain7s - Canada missed out on qualifying in the top 2 of their pool after Wales defeated Fiji— Gold Coast 7s (@Gold Coast 7s) 13/10/2013 02:53
USA 10-19 Scotland
It's Alex Glashan again as the teenager hands off Carlin Isles' last-ditch tackle to touch down in the corner for Scotland's third try, though Brett Thompson manages to salvage some pride for the US wth a strong burst from inside his own half. So Scotland advance to the Bowl semi-finals.
USA 5-14 Scotland
With USA down to six mention following an indiscretion from Brett Thompson, Alex Glashan takes advantage of the extra space to waltz through under the posts. These two teams have played each other 22 times, with Scotland coming out on top 12 times. Can they hold on for victory number 13? Here comes Carlin Isles, the fastest man on the Sevens circuit. Can he fire the USA?
These guys are enjoying themselves during the opening match of the @GoldCoast7s - where are you watching from? http://t.co/uO2PaMbuiV— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 13/10/2013 02:38
HT: An entertaining first half from both teams have the @USARugby 5 - 7 @Scotlandteam— Gold Coast 7s (@Gold Coast 7s) 13/10/2013 02:38
USA 5-7 Scotland
Scotland score the first try of the day as Joe Mayacavou bursts through with a strong 30m run before offloading to Struan Dewar but Zack Test pounces for his 77th try courtesy of a fine pass from Nick Edwards in the fifth minute.
It is absolutely glorious on the Gold Coast this Sunday morning, beads of sweat already forming around foreheads - and it's only 1030. Expect some tired legs as we push on to this evening's curtain raiser. For now it's time for USA v Scotland.
The first match of Day 2 at the #GoldCoast7s is just minutes away! @USARugby v @Scotlandteam— Gold Coast 7s (@Gold Coast 7s) 13/10/2013 02:24
Last year’s Series runners-up South Africa could be forgiven for being all bleary eyed, new coach Neil Powell and his squad only arrived on Friday after their travel plans were disrupted by some rather unforgiving weather. However, their performances were anything but under the weather on Saturday, going undefeated in all their matches including a 22-14 win over England. Will they be in this evening's final? On this form, it's hard to argue against it.
The first match of day two is USA v Scotland. RT this if you think @Carlin_Isles will score a try in the match http://t.co/7uQFNka7U4— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 13/10/2013 02:16
A wise move Geoff, you can plan your day around our fixtures list. So who's been your player of the tournament so far? Remember you can nominate yours by using #SevensDreamTeam on Twitter. There have been plenty of candidates so far - how about Fiji's Ilai Tinai, New Zealand's Tomasi Cama, Kenya's Billy Odhiambo or South Africa's Justin Geduld?
Getting my chores done on a Sunday morning so I can kick back and watch @GoldCoast7s on TV :)— Geoff Alley (@Geoff Alley ) 13/10/2013 01:42
For the hosts, it’s a chance to finally shrug off a home hoodoo which has hung around for 11 years. Australia have not won a home tournament since 2002, when it was held in the South Australia capital Adelaide. However, last year’s Gold Coast champions Fiji, complete with new coach Ben Ryan, will not be relinquishing their hard-earned silverware that easily.
So can anyone knock the mighty All Blacks off their perch? Defending Series champions New Zealand appear as menacing as ever, with their legendary coach sporting some a few extra letters in his name. Gordon Tietjens, the man who has overseen New Zealand’s unrivalled success in the sport, was recently made a Sir for his services to rugby. Arise Sir Titch, one of the most thoroughly deserved accolades ever.
If you need a gentle reminder of what happened on day one, or want some thrills and spills to light up your day, then we urge you to watch the video which is about to appear in our next entry...
There is just under ONE HOUR to go until the second day of @GoldCoast7s. Here's a reminder of the first four matches http://t.co/HrYm4vcqbK— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 13/10/2013 01:33
If watching day one of the Gold Coast Sevens left you as breathless as if you were sprinting up Ayers Rock dressed in an inflatable sumo suit, then day two promises so much more as we reach our climax for the opening round of the HSBC Sevens World Series 2013/14. Hold on to your hats folks, it's gonna be epic.