Welcome to day two of the South Africa Sevens!
- South Africa, Argentina, Fiji and NZ unbeaten on emotional first day
- South Africa to play Portugal, Kiwis face Kenya in Cup quarters
- Samoa stun Fiji 28-12 to earn Cup semi-final berth
- England, Australia and Wales make Bowl semi-finals
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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."
I was just about to say our defence had improved until NZ scored their last try. We can do berra ne? #SA7s— Billy Warero (@Billy Warero) 08/12/2013 11:22
New Zealand have mustered over 150 points this weekend and surrendered just two tries in their four matches to date.
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.
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."
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.
A jubilant @manusamoa #sevens coach talks to the TV crew post-match. Get your questions in to @seblauzier #SA7s http://t.co/VluP1Wa0wY— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 08/12/2013 11:03
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.
OMW the Samoans are on FIRE leading Fiji 28-12 with 1 minute 30 seconds to go #SA7s— Port Elizabeth (@Port Elizabeth) 08/12/2013 10:56
The unpredictability of this sports makes it awesome to watch... Defending champions from the previous leg are being schooled #SA7s— allela cliff (@allela cliff) 08/12/2013 10:57
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 Kolinisau. Undeterred, 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.
samoa leading against fiji in probably the fastest game of the day.. jafta as ref.. this is sevens rugby..— William Lyons (@William Lyons) 08/12/2013 10:47
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?
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.
Watch him go! WATCH HIM GO!"--Commentators presenting the match as @Carlin_Isles gets the try! HT: ESP 7-14 USA #ESPvUSA #SA7s #RugbyUnited— #RugbyUSA (@#RugbyUSA) 08/12/2013 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.
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.
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."
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.
@Scotlandteam in England's 22 a total of 4 times and 1 try. A 100% record for the Auld Enemy though... #sevenstime— Broughton Rugby (@Broughton Rugby) 08/12/2013 10:08
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.
#AshleyEvans finishes a great #JamesDavies break. Huge effort from 8-man Wales 2 win in extra time against Canada 24-19 #SA7s Bowl Quarters— AtTheSevens.com (@AtTheSevens.com) 08/12/2013 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."
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.
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.
Rugby sevens looks like my kind of rugby, really liking this tournament— Ginger Dom (@Ginger Dom) 08/12/2013 09:42
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.
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.
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...
So we have Australia and Zimbabwe on the field. Will another 26000 people pack the stands like yesterday? Or more? @sa7s— South African Rugby (@South African Rugby) 08/12/2013 09:14
So, we're off and running with the first match of the day: Zimbabwe taking on the might of Australia.
Watching Sevens today! Arrived here early, anticipating a great day of rugby! http://t.co/tYEZ9b9tiZ— Thando Zono (@Thando Zono) 08/12/2013 08:38
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.
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.
Can @nz7s win a fifth successive @SouthAfrica7s? Or will someone stop them after they scored an aggregate of 134-14 in their three matches— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 08/12/2013 08:36
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.