21:08

Welcome to day two of the South Africa Sevens!

  • Hosts South Africa win pulsating final, triumphing 17-14 against New Zealand 
  • Samoa snatch third after 21-7 victory over Argentina
  • Last week's Cup winners Fiji settle for Plate trophy with win over France
  • Scotland lift Shield trophy with 19-12 win over Canada
  • England take the Bowl trophy, 28-19 winners over Australia
  • Full fixtures and results from Port Elizabeth here

Thoughts? Photos? Then send a tweet with #sevens and we will get the best on this blog.

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18:07

Could it really have ended any other way? A dream denouement to finish in Port Elizabeth. Plenty to savour, plenty to remember. So it's left for Kyle Brown lifts the trophy for South Africa.

After that, we all need a break to recover. And we have one! But it does mean waiting until next month and Las Vegas. Join us then for more epic Sevens rugby.

18:06

South Africa coach Neil Powell: "If we were close at half-time I knew we could do it. Credit to the boys who carried the team through in the last 10 minutes."

18:04

Kyle Brown, South Africa's jubilant skipper: "This crowd has been unbelievable all weekend. The guy's performance has filled so many seats. It has been an emotional few days and I was hoping we could put a smile on everyone's faces after a tough few days. The composure from the guys was brilliant."

17:57

CUP FINAL: NEW ZEALAND 14-17 SOUTH AFRICA 

A quite wonderous final. Pulsating Sevens rugby all the way to the hooter. Some turnaround too, as the Blitzbokke maintain pressure deep in Kiwi territory, who have yet to venture into the opposition half. Under two minutes left, NZ have to attack and mistakes eventually tell. It's SA ball. Just keep ball, just keep ball. The hooter goes and the ball is blitzed into touch. SOUTH AFRICA WIN.

17:54

It does tell! Kyle Brown gives South Africa the lead, truly inspirational play from the captain. He wins the line out, NZ miss the tackle and he breaks free. Crucial score! Hosts lead 17-14.

17:53

Three minutes gone after the break. Still scoreless, but New Zealand are camped in their own 22. Can this sustained pressure pay for the hosts? SA make two changes, including pace man Werner Kok.

17:47

Tackles coming in left, right and centre. Afrika and de Preez at the heart of the huge hits on the Kiwis. 

17:34

CUP FINAL: NEW ZEALAND 14- 12 SOUTH AFRICA

Intense. Compelling. Nervy. A knock-on from NZ, a penalty given away by SA. And the first chance falls to Scott Curry, who bundles over the line for the first score. It's still a frenetic pace and Sherwin Stowers shows immense pace to go past Cecil Afrika to double the lead. The Blitzbokke yet to venture upfield. But immense pressure ensues from SA and reward comes through Branco de Preez. With crowd backing, they continue to pour forward and de Preez is through! Kiwis down to six men too. Riveting!

17:28

What an entrance. A packed stadium and now for the national anthems of both countries. Can South Africa deliver under pressure?

17:24

After a riveting, but reflecting weekend following the death of their former president, the Cup denouement is here. It's the one most will have wanted: South Africa v New Zealand. It's going to be fast and furious, intensely passionate with skill aplenty. Can't wait.

Who will stand apart in the Final? Sherwin Stowers scored six tries for New Zealand in their first five matches. Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima
17:12

THIRD PLACE: SAMOA 21-7 ARGENTINA

Samoa are camped in their own half for a majority of the half. Argentina are pressing deep and they are rewarded as the plucky Diego Palma exploits a gap thanks to a piercing run and a slip inside under the posts. Argentina still have to attack and it makes for compelling viewing - even if they have six players thanks to a late yellow. The hooter's gone and debutant Ritchie Ah Chong goes clear as the South Americans throw the kitchen sink in the final salvos.

Fiji beat France in the Plate final to keep up their good form under coach Ben Ryan's helm. Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima
England beat Australia 28-19 in the final of the Bowl. Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima
16:55

THIRD PLACE: SAMOA 7-0 ARGENTINA

A close encounter this, Lio Lolo's try the only break of the first-half. A tight affair to say the least. 

16:54

We're down to the penultimate match, the third and fourth between Samoa and Argentina. Then? The big one, South Africa v New Zealand in the Cup final!

16:50

Fiji captain Osea Kolinisau after lifting the Plate: "We were casual against Samoa. It was a wake-up call and we fought hard, the coach saying we really need the points. With a bunch of newbies in the side, I am so glad for the young side that pulled through."

16:50

PLATE FINAL: FIJI 45-19 FRANCE

A missed tackle by Fiji gives Jonathan Laugel ample opportunity to go over and this final is not done and dusted. But any space created is fully exploited: No.12 Benito Masilevu dummies and sprints to the line. Surely this is Fiji's, ahead now by two converted tries. Captain Osea Kolinisau then seals the match. But glimpses from France to suggest they will still be a force this year.

16:30

PLATE FINAL: FIJI 19-12 FRANCE

One lacklustre game against Samoa has seen Fiji contest the Plate, but they start with plenty of plunder, as Osea Kolinisau skips majestically through the French defence. Back come France as Julien Candelon belies the years with another cantering try. Again, it;'s back and forth rugby, Donasio Ratubuli's pace sealing Fiji's second off a standing start. Before the break, Candelon snatches a second try. Great game.

16:27

England winning captain Tom Powell: "We dug deep against them. Australia are always a tough challenge and all the boys wanted that one. It's been pretty intense since Simon came in as coach and we'll go onto Vegas in good heart."

16:18

BOWL FINAL: AUSTRALIA 19-28 ENGLAND

We're locked even as England strike first after the break through Dan Bibby and Phil Burgess. It's back and forth now as space opens after a long weekend. Burgess doubles his tally and England have a two-point lead. They continue to press. And they're reward comes through Mat Turner, back to his riveting best here.

16:14

BOWL FINAL: AUSTRALIA 14-7 ENGLAND

Can England atone for current matters Down Under? Not if Shannon Walker has his say. The speedster cuts through the England defence inside 30 seconds for the opening try. Jeff Williams then cancels it out with an attack from deep and we're level. England keep the momentum going but a huge chip and chase sees the ball land so kindly into Walker's gleeful arms to regain the lead.

Shield winners - Scotland
Scotland beat Canada 19-12 to lift the Shield trophy at the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay South Africa Sevens. Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima
16:01

Scotland captain, Colin Gregor, Shield winners: "We are disappointed but after we lost to England we knew we had to come out and show some character and what we are about which we did. It is a fantastic place to play rugby here, there is no more fitting place to play than here, it is an important time for South Africa and I think by playing we've all shown support for the country."

15:54

A member of last week's Dream Team, Phil Mack, gives Canada a glimmer of hope in the second half with two tries and a conversion, but it was to no avail as Scotland held on to a 19-12 win.

While we mention it, don't forget to keep an eye out for this week's Dream Team. Let us know who you would have picked using #SevensDreamTeam on Twitter or Facebook.

Phil Snyman
South Africa beat Argentina in the Cup semi finals in South Africa. Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima
15:46

Scotlandhave the early lead in the first final of the weekend, Lee Jones and Scott Riddell (two) scoring tries, and have a 19-point cushion going into the break.

Samoa's Alatasi Tupou
Samoa's Alatasi Tupou in action at the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay South Africa Sevens. Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima
15:31

CUP SEMI-FINAL: SOUTH AFRICA 31-0 ARGENTINA

Three tries down, Argentina go on the attack. But South Africa have a 96 per cent tackle completion - the best in the tournament - and quell any threat. Once they do, Kwagga Smith bursts through from five metres to seal the tie. A chance to rest some players before the final showdown with the Kiwis. But not before a scintillating kick and charge try from Justin Geduld. Exceptional Sevens.

15:16

CUP SEMI-FINAL: SOUTH AFRICA 19-0 ARGENTINA

Argentina are defending like mad in the opening phases. Philip Snyman fends off three challenges before offloading to Kyle Brown, who skips past two to open the scoring. Purpose now to the Blitzbokke and Cecil Afrika dummies and goes over for his 97th career try, Argentina failing to tackle. The floodgates open soon after: Sampie Mastriet breaking free to further lift the atmosphere.

15:12

Here we go: the Springbok flags are flying, South Africa up next against Argentina...

15:04

CUP SEMI-FINAL: SAMOA  5-14 NEW ZEALAND

Samoa aren't going quietly. It's getting feisty too and once Samoa stem a Kiwi attack, Fale So'oialo shows his skill to score their first points. Moments later, Tim Mickelson scores the try of the match to seal a final spot: a gallivanting kick and charge, the pick up falls kindly and he goes over with sheer strength. Brave effort from the Samoans.

14:57

CUP SEMI-FINAL: SAMOA  0-14 NEW ZEALAND

A tight opening - and guess who the majority of the crowd are favouring. Each Samoa break yields a tumultuous roar. And when they don't have the ball, they are hunting the Kiwis down. Frenetic start! But it's great hands from Scott Curray and Tomasi Cama takes the offload over the line. He doubles up a minute later and - yet again - the Kiwis score when it matters.

14:50

Okay, we're right down to the business end. Cup semi-finals up next: Samoa v New Zealand to start us off. On their day, Samoa can cause another upset, but New Zealand have only surrendered two tries. 

14:39

PLATE SEMI-FINAL: FRANCE 17-12 PORTUGAL

Now then! Miguel Lucas throws the hips one way and the other and flummoxes the French defence in the process. We're level. Renaud Delmas, though, comes off the bench and goes on a long, mazy run to regain the lead for the French. It's enough for them to earn a place against Fiji in the final.

14:35

PLATE SEMI-FINAL: FRANCE 12-7 PORTUGAL

First Steeve Barry, then 17-year-old Stephen Parez give France breathing space. But Portugal have shown enough skill this week to show why they are no pushovers in Sevens rugby. Pedro Leal converts his own try and it's five-point difference at the break.

14:18

PLATE SEMI-FINAL: FIJI 52-5 KENYA

Samisoni Viriviri now has a season-leading 16 tries and Fiji are now simply unstoppable in this one. Try number seven - four of which have been with six men - comes through Mosese Mawalu going on the blindside. As the hooter goes, Fiji garner eight tries in all. Remarkable really after that red card in the first-half.

14:05

PLATE SEMI-FINAL: FIJI 33-5 KENYA

Fiji, no doubt a touch annoyed at falling to Samoa in the quarters, start with a sizzling run down the left from Samisoni Viriviri inside 30 seconds. From the kick-off, Kenya break and Horace Otieno, in his 50th tournament, uses every ounce of muscle, pace and space to hold off two Fijians to go over. There's so much space in this one and it's not long before Donasio Ratubuli runs through the centre for a second score. Samu Saqiwa then takes his man out in the air and it's a straight red (10-minute sinbin). Still Fiji counter and score three more before the hooter.

Can New Zealand regain their form in Port Elizabeth? Check out this great video of not one Tomasi Cama, but two!
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13:41

We will take a small 15-minute break now before the Shield and Plate semi-finals commence. Catch you then...

13:39

Simon Amor, England coach, ahead of the Bowl final against Australia: "It has been a very disappointing weekend all round. We took a step back from last week and we looked to be a tired out there so we will have to find the reasons behind that."

13:33

BOWL SEMI-FINAL: ENGLAND 33-14 USA

Gosh, once Carlin Isles gets going. Is there a better finishing winger? And one with only one year of rugby under his belt too. The former gridiron gets his second try to keep the US in the game after Mat Turner gives England a further lead. Turner then scores his 90th try to put the game to bed.

13:30

BOWL SEMI-FINAL: ENGLAND 19-7 USA

England, third and fourth in the last two tournaments, will want to finish on a high here and they get off to a fine start through Tom Mitchell's instinctive running. They double their lead with two minutes to go...

... before Carlin Isles (who would have made the London 2012 semi's in the 100m)- steps up to the plate and skins Mat Turner on the outside. Not many can do that! There's time for Jeff Williams to literally smash through Isles for England's third.

13:14

Well, that they nearly did with three converted tries bringing them 21 unanswered points in the second half. But the damage was done in the first half and Wales head home after a long two weeks. Australia march on and will play England or USA in the Bowl final. 33-21

13:01

Australia are in cruise control here, leading 33-0 at half time. But Wales have been hit with a plethora of injuries this weekend. Their final may have been against Canada where Ashley Evans scored in sudden death extra time for their place in this semi final, and those extra Series points will make their journey home a little more comfortable. Unless of course they can muster something special in the second seven minutes here.

Werner Kok, South Africa
Werner Kok of South Africa scored two tries in their quarter final win against Portugal at the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay South Africa Sevens. Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima
Argentina's Gaston Revol
Argentina's Gaston Revol in action at the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay South Africa Sevens. Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima
Justin Geduld, SA
Justin Geduld in action at the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay South Africa Sevens. Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima
12:51

Mark Robertson scores his 38th career try, before Lee Jones and Andrew Turnbull also score to help Scotland to a 33-10 win where they will play Canada in the final. Next up, the two Bowl semi finals.

Tomasi Cama
Tomasi Cama was instrumental in New Zealand's Cup quarter final win over Kenya at the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay South Africa Sevens. Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima
12:45

It's Scotland who take an early 7-0 lead through Gregor Young, but Spain hit back to bring the score to 7-5. Scotland extend their lead though before the break and they take a nine point lead into half time. Will they be on their way into the Shield final?

Samoa beat Fiji
Samoa beat Fiji in the first Cup quarter final at the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay South Africa Sevens. Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima
12:29

SHIELD SEMI-FINAL: ZIMBABWE 10-17 CANADA

Great spread wide from Zimbabwe sees Tangai Nemadire scamper past his man for the opening score after the break. It's the first time Zim have scored twice this weekend and much to admire about this outfit. But Canada show their experience to advance to the Shield final with two late tries.

12:18

SHIELD SEMI-FINAL: ZIMBABWE 5-12 CANADA

Plaudits to Zimbabwe for holding Canada at bay in the opening half. Tangai Nemadire's try is cancelled out by Philip Mack before captain John Moonlight makes use of the breakdown to give Canada the lead.

Sevens Uncovered: Kyle Brown, who has played a key role in guiding South Africa to the semi-finals in Port Elizabeth.
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12:04

CUP QUARTER-FINAL: SOUTH AFRICA 45-0 PORTUGAL

South Africa double their points tally after the break - and it's a try blitz in front of frenzied support. Branco du Preez gets on the scoresheet, while Werner Kock and Justin Geduld score their second tries of the match either side. Great performance, but credit to Portugal for making the quarters.

11:54

CUP QUARTER-FINAL: SOUTH AFRICA 19-0 PORTUGAL

South Africa, the tournament's best-tackling team, stem Portugal's early pressure. They are making it a nusiance for the Blitzbokke. But after three minutes, Werner Kock steps on the gas and puts in a great hand-off to open the scoring. Moments later, Frankie Horne sends out a wide pass and Sampie Mastriet cuts two players in half and goes over. Justin Geduld then gives South Africa breathing space, splitting the Portuguese lines.

11:47

Nicolas Bruzzone, Argentina captain, after reaching their first Cup semi final of the season: "It seems like that (we are improving every match). We are working hard, listening to the coach, going step by step, and improving. We are doing that but most importantly we are enjoying."

11:41

CUP QUARTER-FINAL: ARGENTINA 14-7 FRANCE

Paul Albaladejo converts his own try from touch and it sails over. Brilliant play, meaning France are not out of this one, with time ticking. It's too late, Argentina's two first-half tries are enough. Argentina, impressive in defence, will play winners of South Africa and Portugal. 

11:25

CUP QUARTER-FINAL: ARGENTINA 14-0 FRANCE

Argentina are right in sync from the off. Two tries - Ramiro Moyano and Diego Palmagive the South Americans breathing space and they are dominating the breakdown too. France have yet to make inroads into the opposition half.

11:24

Kiwi coach Gordon Tietjens: "We had a great day yesterday but day two started slowly for us. We eventually put some points on the board but we can't play like that in the next game but all credit to Kenya they are a very good side."

11:21

New Zealand have mustered over 150 points this weekend and surrendered just two tries in their four matches to date. 

11:13

CUP QUARTER-FINAL: NEW ZEALAND 19-0 KENYA

Kenya have two players down, they're working like anything in defence - but six missed tackles is proving the difference now. A patient New Zealand move the play along to the wing and Scott Curry goes over. Space is developing and sub Tim Mikkelson makes sure of a semi-final place. Possession aplenty for the Kiwis.

11:12

Viliamu Punivalu, Samoa coach, is clearly jubilant after beating Dubai champions Fiji in the Cup quarter finals: "It was disappointing last week, we messed it up ourselves we weren't consistent and didn't have the right mind set. But we worked hard all week. I keep telling the boys nobody is safe, we all, including the management have to work for our places in the team. We worked hard and all credit to the boys, and to Fiji for a great game. I am just lost for words, I want to thank everybody back home for their support, but the boys need to now forget that game and move onto the next one."

11:03

CUP QUARTER-FINAL: NEW ZEALAND 7-0 KENYA

The crowd are firmly behind Kenya here. Every time they surge forward, the roar is deafening. It's a tight affair too, six minutes in and still scoreless. But you can't look at the clock for comfort. Ambrose Curtis puts everything into his 50-metre run, Collins Injera can't make the tackle and it's the first score at a crucial time on the hooter.

10:58

CUP QUARTER-FINAL: FIJI 12-28 SAMOA

UPSET ALERT! Relentless rugby from Samoa and they are rewarded with a semi-final berth. Fiji just couldn't find any rhythm and Samoa kept ball brilliantly. Alatasi Tupou and Tulolo Tulolo get in on the act and the conversions mean that Fiji are out of it. There is a smattering of subs towards the end as Samoa count down the clock. Will it be another Pacific Island weekend? Marvellous performance.

10:49

CUP QUARTER-FINAL: FIJI 12-14 SAMOA

"It's Sevens and high heavens". Fiji get off to a flyer, a free-flowing move is finished expertly by Osea KolinisauUndeterred, Samoa come back through Fale So'oialo, who scored four in one game yesterday. Tulolo Tulolo then doubles Samoa's lead. Moments later Fiji counter and they're level at the break.

This is quite simply a great exhibition of precision skill and speed. Fast and furious, you can't take your eyes off this for one second.

10:40

It's Cup quarter-final time, folks! And what a clash to start us off: Fiji v Samoa in a Pacific Islands' special. Can Ben Ryan's men continue on their merry way to another final?

10:30

BOWL QUARTER-FINAL: USA 19-14 SPAIN

There's nothing in this one. Both sides have chances to counter but there's still no score with 30 seconds left on the clock. Spain's man of the moment Ignacio Martin - who does injure himself in the process - goes over right on the hooter and we're level. There is one more play though. The US counter up field and Stephen Tomasin ends the game how he started it, with a sprinter's try down the right. Great entertainment.

He's just scored yet another speedy try. So let's meet Carlin Isles, the man who can run the 100m in 10.13secs. 
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10:27

BOWL QUARTER-FINAL: USA 14-7 SPAIN

Spain keep the US firmly in their own half for the opening salvos, but it's the latter who have the ball. When the US find space they make the most of it, Stephen Tomasin accelarates through the middle after an initial offload. Then athat great try from Martin, before Carlin Isles shows us his unerring pace down the right flanks. No one will stop him.

10:17

Ignacio Martin scores one of the tries of the weekend. He kicks on the full on the touchline. He sends it high in the air, he keeps chasing. The Spaniard plays pinball as he tries to keep hold of the ball and on the fifth attempt - and just vertical - it's safely in his hands before going over. Brilliant try.

10:15

England captain Tom Powell: "We showed some character. But in terms of what we are trying to do, we're not quite on the same page at the moment. Everyone knows their roles and they're not being accountable for it. We need to have a long hard look at how to improve."

10:11

BOWL QUARTER-FINAL: ENGLAND 19-7 SCOTLAND

It's still tight as anything after the break. It takes three minutes for England to open up a lead, thanks to sheer strength from Tom Mitchell to bundle over the line with three Scots hauling him down. England then counter from their own 22 and Dan Norton canters home to seal a semi-final berth.

09:56

BOWL QUARTER-FINAL: ENGLAND 7-7 SCOTLAND

These two sides are not going to go quietly. Sure enough, it's a sizzling pace from the outset. Colin Gregor, Scotland's key player, strikes first before Phil Burgess opens his weekend account after a fine flowing move from the breakdown. All evens at the break, but not before Jeff Williams tracks back brilliantly to deny a certain Scots try one metre from the line. 

09:54

Wales Sevens head coach Paul John: "We had a frustating day yesterday. To lose four players in one game against New Zealand was a real blow. But that was a huge win for us and extra points for us. There's pride in  the shirt."

09:52

Plucky, courageous, brave. With one sub and a side looking on their last legs, Wales get through with the first play in extra-time thanks to Ashley Evans' break.

09:44

BOWL QUARTER-FINAL: WALES 19-19 CANADA

Great comeback from Canada. Granted, Wales must be running on empty now but the Cannucks score twice to eke out a slender lead, Ciaran Hearn proving the difference. We're on the hooter now. And Jason Harries breaks free! He's gone 40 metres and slips! But Lee Williams is on hand to go over. Amazing. We're going to extra-time.

09:31

BOWL QUARTER-FINAL: WALES 14-7 CANADA

This is a great opportunity for Canada. Wales are somewhat depleted after a plethora of injuries yesterday. They have only one sub and an early yellow for Ashley Evans doesn't help. Canada make full use and Harry Jones bursts clear down the middle. The game has really opened up and Luke Morgan levels for the resilient Welsh before Lee Williams goes over under the posts. Stoic stuff from Wales.

Some of the reaction on an emotional day at the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay South Africa Sevens in Port Elizabeth.
09:20

BOWL QUARTER-FINAL: AUSTRALIA 38-5 ZIMBABWE

Zimbabwe make inroads and it's Boyd Rouse who scores their first points of the day. Jubilant scenes too! But it doesn't take long for Shannon Walker to seal his hat-trick after initial work from Tom Lucas. He is rewarded with time on the bench. And it's the two subs who seal the win: Sam Myers sidesteps brilliantly before Jesse Parahi goes over. 

Find out more about Australia's jet-heeled Shannon Walker...
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09:17

BOWL QUARTER-FINAL: AUSTRALIA 19-0 ZIMBABWE

The opening salvos are fast-paced, Zimbabwe intent on attacking. Australia play the patient game are rewarded when Shannon Walker rips through the Zimbabwe defence for his fourth try of the weekend. Australia go 'coast to coast' next up and Paul Asquith touches down in the corner. Walker then jogs through the back lines for his second try of the morning. And speaking of the speedy Walker...

09:10

So, we're off and running with the first match of the day: Zimbabwe taking on the might of Australia.

08:44

It's not all about youth in Sevens. Yesterday, we saw some brilliant old hands come to the fore. Step forward David Mateus, of Portugal, French stalwart Julien Candalon and South African favourite Frankie Horne, who all scored tries the wrong side of 30.

08:43

The question on everyone's lips is whether South Africa can make the Cup final later. The hosts looked very much up to the task in their three matches yesterday. And emotions will run high today too after touching tributes were paid to former president Nelson Mandela.

Catch all the tries and fast-paced action of Day One in Port Elizabeth
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08:31

After a thoroughly entertaining opening day in Port Elizabeth, today brings the business end of the tournament. We start with the Bowl quarter-finals before the Cup last eight clashes. Australia open up against Zimbabwe, while England face Scotland.

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