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- Fiji, England, Canada and Australia qualify for last eight unbeaten
- Defending champions England beat South Africa 19-5 in classy encounter
- New Zealand come back strongly, defeat France 47-0 in last match of the day
- Samoa also progress to last eight and look in-form side
- South Africa lead hosts New Zealand by one point in standings
Another blistering day of Sevens rugby. New Zealand had an early blip, losing to Fiji in the opening match, before finishing strongly.
Canada look full of confidence and qualified unbeaten. Defending champions England also look a class act. In fact, the quarter-finals seem to be a flick of a coin! See you all tomorrow!
Wales v Tonga
Scotland v Spain
Kenya v Portugal
France v USA
England v Samoa
Canada v New Zealand
Australia v South Africa
Fiji v Argentina
DJ Forbes, New Zealand's brilliant captain: "We can forget today and start afresh tomorrow. We are disappointed to lose at home, but we have bounced back and are looking ahead to the quarter-finals now."
So the Cup quarters are set @SevensWelly the fifth round of the HSBC SWS - who's your winner? http://t.co/0KnaNrNiXd— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 07/02/2014 09:14
POOL B: NEW ZEALAND 47-0 FRANCE
This contest is over within 10 seconds of the restart. DJ Forbes steps inside and finds Tim Mikkelson for a fourth try. France haven't been in the Kiwi half for six minutes! It's relentless now: from the kick off, turning over possession and this time it's Bryce Heem who powers over. A last-game statement by the hosts here - every visit to the France 22 has resulted in a try. To finish? Akira Ioane scores his debut try down the left flank, skipping past three or four tackles. Pure class!
POOL B: NEW ZEALAND 19-0 FRANCE
New Zealand are under pressure after losing their opener, but they start at considerable pace, Tim Mikkelson creating room and almost walking over the line for the opening score. The Kiwis are exploiting, France playing high and Sherwin Stowers powers through the middle. No contest and open road ahead for the speedster. Skipper DJ Forbes scores on the stroke of the hooter - another on the break - and it is all too easy.
The breakdown is furious! Some pressure from both sides causing some big battles #SevensWelly— NZ7s (@NZ7s) 07/02/2014 09:00
Strategic loss for @BlitzBokke against the English there. We'd much rather face Australia in the quarters! #sevens #NZ7s— BOOTSnBITS (@BOOTSnBITS) 07/02/2014 08:53
England coach Simon Amor is joyed by England's defence: "Today we have been up and down. We know we have wonderful attacking players and against South Africa James Rodwell and Phil Burgess were brilliant, especially Burgess considering he has hardly played any Sevens games. We need to step up against Samoa."
POOL A: ENGLAND 19-5 SOUTH AFRICA
Cecil Afrika puts on the burners, gets the right side of Marcus Watson and there's no stopping him in the corner. The key here will be the kicks - and that one from touch misses. The game's energy has slowly been sapped by on top England and once Tom Mitchell sidesteps, he's clear and that's the win. The defending champions look sharp.
we're behind you @nz7s @AllBlacks #SevensWelly show us some #wellymagic #NZLvFRA @France7s @IRBSevens #gohard both teams #rugbyunited— #RugbyNewZealand (@#RugbyNewZealand) 07/02/2014 08:49
Big Day 1 for the boys @SevensWelly looking forward to the cup quarters tomorrow. Thanks for all the support!!— Mike Scholz (@Mike Scholz) 07/02/2014 08:44
POOL A: SOUTH AFRICA 0-12 ENGLAND
England controlling the breakdown and are sapping South African's strength. James Rodwell has been impressive, so has fellow try scorer Tom Mitchell. Will England break the BlitzBokke's stranglehold?
What a shame to not be There ! Best costume Ever :) @SevensWelly @IRBSevens http://t.co/GEGcpV5Lrw— JeanBaptiste Gobelet (@JeanBaptiste Gobelet) 07/02/2014 08:44
@tomchick85 that is 2 tries 1 in Vegas/W'ton that Shannon Walker has scored Top drawer brilliance What about individual try of the season?— Scott Hastings (@Scott Hastings) 07/02/2014 08:31
POOL D: SAMOA 12-15 AUSTRALIA
The Australians are carvied apart. Alatasi Tupou runs 60 metres for Samoa's second score. -just! This one is surely not going to end quietly. Shannon Walker is on for Australia. You know what? He scores the try of the day. From his own 22, he scampers down the left flank and at the last moment darts inside to score! Sensational. And with the hooter sounding, Australia will go for a penalty goal. It sails over! They play the loser of England and South Africa.
POOL D: SAMOA 7-5 ARGENTINA
Lio Lolo finishes off a fine Samoan move, cutting the Wallabies' defence in half. A try made by Jesse Parahi next, whose strength sees him go through two Samoans, offload to Tom Lucas, who can almost walk over the line. Australia end the half the brightest, with Samoa ekeing out a two-point lead. They do look at a touch tired though...
RT @IRBSevens: So @fijirugby will face @unionargentina in the Cup quarter finals on day two @SevensWelly - who will Canada face - @nz7s or …— Gaston zmuda (@Gaston zmuda) 07/02/2014 08:17
Pool D is far from over. Samoa and Australia run out to fight over who finishes top and unbeaten. Winner will play the loser of England and South Africa. Crunch time? You bet.
Ciaran Hearn, returning from injury for Canada this weekend, adds two second-half tries to give Canada the 24-5 win over Argentina. Both sides progress, Argentina to play Fiji and Canada to face the winner of the match between New Zealand and France!
Blasting from the speakers 'Bryan Adams'. Guessing the PA guy is a #RedNation supporter. He's #NotBiased #SevensWelly #Sevens #7s— NZ Sevens (@NZ Sevens) 07/02/2014 07:58
Nanyak Dala opens the scoring for Canada with the loser of this match set to play Fiji on day two. The winner, well that is likely, although not definitely, to be a match with the hosts New Zelaand....thoughts for the coaches at half time? Anibal Panceyra Garrido leveled the scores, but in-form Phil Mack gave Canada a 10-5 lead at the break.
RT @JanvR11: Best way to work on a Friday morning. #WellingtonSevens @IRBSevens #DSTVwalka #ComeOnWeekend http://t.co/mzIDLJYaCH— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 07/02/2014 07:51
Ben Ryan, Fiji's coach, gave his troops an earful two weeks ago. So what of today? "They've done really well. I am pleased with today, so it's a case of sleeping well and coming out competitive. I know chasing the top two is going to be hard, but we haven't given up hope."
FIJI 45-14 SPAIN
Jona Tuitoga starts off proceedings after the break inside 25 seconds. And the relentless pace of the Fijians sees the Spanish carved apart again through Emosi Mulevoro. But Spain may be down and out but they aren't surrendering - Francisco Hernandez giving them a score. The beauty of Sevens is that teams can suddenly find themelves back in the game. It comes to late this time, but Ignacio Contardi grabs a consolation.
POOL B: FIJI 33-0 SPAIN
Speed is key and Fiji have it by the bucket load. Samisoni Viriviri's turn of pace is exceptional, Henry Seniloli's footwork dazzling and Jona Tuitoga's legwork magical. They lead 33-0 and wiill be the first team to win three in a row today,
We're all set for the final five games of day one. Some pivotal clashes looming too, with Cup last eight places at stake.
Paul Treu, Kenya coach: "Disappointing, this is not where we want to be. Two rounds in a row where we didn't qualify for the Cup, but I think there are lessons for the players. Our error rate, it is incredible to think, we can't play without the ball and sometimes we have it and give it straight away. But valuable lessons learnt, and I am glad we could finish the day on a high."
We now have a short break, but we will be back with five more games, from 20.28 local time. Do check out the latest tables as things stand in Wellington.
POOL A: WALES 45-19 PORTUGAL
Portugal come to the party! They start with a rampaging try, thanks to Luis Sousa's high legs and shaking off two Welsh players. Great riposte but work still to do. Especially as James Davies and Wales are right in sync now. Rhodri Davies running on after fine work from a darting Davies run. Seconds later Rhys Shellard marches through the lines. Portugal don't give up and David Mateus scores a marvellous try from an angled run to the corner. Iolo Evans throws a dummy and this win is emphatic.
RT @IRBSevens: The sun is setting on day one of the @SevensWelly, round five of the HSBC SWS! http://t.co/A0ah50grdG— Jason I J Smith (@Jason I J Smith) 07/02/2014 06:57
POOL A: WALES 26-0 PORTUGAL
This could be a close encounter, but Wales get off to a flying start. James Davies shifts into fifth gear and goes over inside a minute (with traditional licking palms and head). Possession leads to more points as Will Price runs through the middle from a breakdown. Dylan Morgans gets Wales' third moments later and easily shakes off a Portuguese tackle.
The Fijian team under the stadium number two is massive #sevens http://t.co/5JM5Dcmqq5— Paul Easton (@Paul Easton) 07/02/2014 06:46
Good luck to the England Sevens boys out in New Zealand playing in @SevensWelly #workrate #gogetit— Sam Edgerley (@Sam Edgerley) 07/02/2014 06:40
So apparently @paultreu's expression never changes but it doesn't take a genius to know what he was thinking. #SevensWelly #Shujaapride— Rose Otieno (@Rose Otieno) 07/02/2014 06:36
POOL D: KENYA 40-7 TONGA
Oscar Ayodi breaches the Tongan lines and the micro biology student will not be caught. They start the second half in boisterous fashion. But finally we begin to see Tonga showing some resilience. They're attacking like anything, but the cohesion is lacking as they tire. Kenya rack up their sixth try with Tonga down to six players as Tonny Owuor breaks free. Tonga do get a consolation try at the end.
This is a bit more like the @KenyaSevens we like to see at @SevensWelly. More of this please!— Global RFU (@Global RFU) 07/02/2014 06:34
POOL D: KENYA 26-0 TONGA
Oscar Ouma solid from the restart and, seemingly, at the try line. Ouma gets on the scoresheet before Collins Injera garners his first of the tournament and the Kenyans open up a clear lead at the hooter.
Kenya v Tonga. Who will finish third in this pool @sevenswelly? https://t.co/fCgD1GFBs7— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 07/02/2014 06:18
A great man, Jonah Lomu ambassador of the #SevensWelly #NZ7s @nz7s @AllBlacks http://t.co/KqYlg1SUph— France7s (@France7s) 07/02/2014 06:17
POOL C: SCOTLAND 19-19 USA
The Scots refuse to lie down. Andrew Turnbull bursts clear and the US lead by just two. How crucual is Turnbull to the Scots today? But the same goes for the Wellington debutants today across the teams. Step forward Madison Hughes, who goes over to keep US a converted score ahead. A lovely late switch from Gregor then sees Turnbull go under the posts and we are all level. A minute left and it's scrappy - both sides lost it - the ball goes out and it's a fair draw.
RT @DomPost: Rock on! #Sevens (Photo: @CameronBurnell) http://t.co/ChSKc534HZ— Cameron Burnell (@Cameron Burnell) 07/02/2014 06:09
Gotta love Wellington. Saw the cast of Braveheart by Capital E #sevens— Alex Stevenson (@Alex Stevenson) 07/02/2014 06:06
HT ANALYSIS: This group of @USARugby players looks more creative & more confident than others. This will be a performance to build off #NZ7s— Jeff Hull (@Jeff Hull) 07/02/2014 06:06
POOL C: SCOTLAND 5-14 USA
Both these sides could do with a win on day one. And Carlin Isles makes sure the US start with a bang, the speedster darts one way, then the other to score under the posts. Fellow sprinter Nick Edwards - also a lwayer we'll have you know - then doubles the lead and Scotland can't find their rhythm. The Scots do make hay before the hooter though and we have a game.
POOL B: FRANCE 5-26 FIJI
Benito Masilevu gives Fiji breathing space after the break, amid three substitutions. Samisoni Viriviri then steps on the gas, running on to an offload, for his 23rd try of the season. Fair to say, Fiji are back firing after Las Vegas. Two wins against the hosts and now France for good measure.
RT @rastakie: Super blessed to reach 100 games, great to be part of a special team! #irbrefs @IRBSevens @SARefs @triplejayj— Footie (@Footie) 07/02/2014 05:51
POOL B: FRANCE 5-12 FIJI
Samisoni Viriviri cuts through the French defence like butter to confirm his status as the World Series' leading try scorer with 22. Levani Botia then slices two French defenders and this is a fine start from Ben Ryan's side. Then comes the French magic out of nothing, a kick across field and a score in the corner. C'est chouette!
@Scotlandteam 7s must cut out the mistakes and the win against @USARugby in Pool C will come at the @SevensWelly #WellySevens #7s— Paul Hunter (@Paul Hunter) 07/02/2014 05:42
Down to the business end of the pool stages and Cup berths up for grabs. First up, Fiji v France,
RT @seblauzier: @FranceRugby7s and @RugbyTonga sharing a changing room and watching the @IRBSevens #ententecordiale http://t.co/nmNWy9Fj7Q— Andrew Hall (@Andrew Hall) 07/02/2014 05:21
Sir Gordon "Great to bounce back and put 50 in these conditions. The starting lineup needed to prove themselves after Fiji." #SevensWelly— NZ7s (@NZ7s) 07/02/2014 05:14
RT @DomPost: Great video here of the #Sevens fun outside the stadium today. Video by @kitchphoto http://t.co/fffGXxnmFe http://t.co/I682dM…— shayne priddle (@shayne priddle) 07/02/2014 05:15
We have a small break now, do join us again at 18.35 local time for the evening entertainment and nine more matches to come!
New Zealand coach Sir Gordon Tietjens: "We prepared well for Fiji and when the rain came down it was a real leveller. We got some young guys on and that really helped. I'm getting to know my best Sevens' side and it's starting to come together."
POOL B: NZ 55-0 SPAIN
Tim Mikkelson and Scott Curry keep the points moving northwards. Then there's a marvellous angular run from Ambrose Curtis, lifting the Wellington crowd in the process. Tackles are beginning to be brushed off with ease, this time George Tilsley seems to coast down the right flank, evading two tackles in the process. They pass 50 points on the hooter. Impressive display.
POOL B: NZ 27-0 SPAIN
New Zealand need a convincing performance to appease their home support. Ben Lam sets up the Kiwis' opener with considerable strength before Sherwin Stowers goes over. Stowers then breaches the Spanish lines with ease before confirming his hat-trick in four stellar minutes. Tim Mikkelson bursts clear before the break
Immediate change in tactics from the #SevensWelly hosts, really looking at putting width in their game @nz7s— NZ7s (@NZ7s) 07/02/2014 04:56
Full team sheet for @AllBlacks Sevens at #SevensWelly http://t.co/IN9x6sZDqf— NZ7s (@NZ7s) 07/02/2014 04:53
.@Dan_Norton4 scores his 150th career try for @EnglandRugby - coming against @WelshRugbyUnion http://t.co/bJ22J6dVxl— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 07/02/2014 04:50
POOL A: ENGLAND 21-7 WALES
Mike Ellery wraps his right arm up in his shirt and that signals problems for England. Wales aim to make it count and they hog possession, but can't make it tell. Iolo Evans then, vitally, gives the ball away and Tom Mitchell bursts clear. A dagger blow to the Welsh, before Dan Norton makes sure of England's Cup intentions.
Congratulations to Dan Norton, who coasts clear to score his 150th career try for England.
POOL A: ENGLAND 7-7 WALES
Mike Ellery starts England off where they left the last match - a defence-splitting canter under the posts. Back come Wales; skipper James Davies feed to Samuel Cross and we're all level. It's a far cry from the last time these two sides met, a 20-point win for England.
Here are some Richies super effort that #sevens http://t.co/BC4DS2r5eB— Paul Easton (@Paul Easton) 07/02/2014 04:37
Only way2start the morning, watching @BlitzBokke beat Portugal in @SevensWelly whilst sweating it out @virginactiveSA http://t.co/cgIGTkCN83— Kim Schonfeldt (@Kim Schonfeldt) 07/02/2014 04:34
England v Wales up next. A tasty encounter and Wales need a win to keep Cup hopes alive...
Great acceleration from @ulengojamba and he scores his second try of the match. Game ends 27-5. Well done #BokSevens. #NZ7s @SevensWelly— Absa (@Absa) 07/02/2014 04:32
Chris Dry completes the forward trio to score tries in South Africa's 27-5 win over Portugal, with Jamba Ulengo scoring the fourth and fifth in the win. They will hope England can beat Wales so they automatically qualify for the Cup quarter finals before their third and final pool match against Simon Amor's side and the defending champions.
The deadlock is finally broken! Nuno Guedes scoring the third try against South Africa in eight matches! 15-5
Captain Kyle Brown powers over for South Africa in the opening minutes, and fellow forward Frankie Horne finds space out on the wing for their second - showing the backs how its done! Impressive stuff this as the Blitzbokke deny Portugal on the stroke of half time, and their record is in tact for another seven minutes....10-0.
Titch talks after that first up loss to Fiji. Looking to make amends against Spain 5.54pm. #sevenswelly http://t.co/ITWJcj5nzc— NZ7s (@NZ7s) 07/02/2014 04:13
POOL D: AUSTRALIA 24-0 KENYA
Con Foley gets in on the act for the Wallabies and that should be that. Australia in no rush now with Kenya chasing the game. And no need for Shannon Walker as well, one of the World Series speedsters. There;s just enough time for Greg Jeloudev to slide over at the death (as well as the obligatory boos from All Black fans) and Australia qualify for tomorrow's Cup quarter-finals. That's five wins on the trot over Kenya, too.
Great feeling qualifying for the Cup round after our first two games, next up Argentina to top our pool! Huge support from home! #NZ7s— Harry Jones (@Harry Jones) 07/02/2014 04:09
RT @itssoulo: Come on #Kenya7s. At least sneak in a couleof tries to reduce the scores. 19 nil is a demorolizer! #NZ7s— Steve Biko (@Steve Biko) 07/02/2014 04:08
POOL D: AUSTRALIA 12-0 KENYA
Speedster Allan Fa'alava'au shakes off Collins Injera and angles for the score into the corner. Fa'alava'authen dummies brilliantly (he is everywhere in this one) before Peter Schuster finishes off in the driving rain. Deserved lead at the break.
Supporting the underdogs in the sevens tournament always makes the tournament more exciting to watch— Karan Gandhi (@Karan Gandhi) 07/02/2014 03:56
Great to see #sevenswelly ambassador @JONAHTALILOMU visiting the boys in the sheds. http://t.co/f4blkOVET8— NZ7s (@NZ7s) 07/02/2014 03:53
Santiago Gomez Cora, Argentina coach: "The first target is to get to the Cup quarter finals and we have done that so we are very happy to do that. The rain makes you change the entire way you play. Our team is trying to play very open and wide, but it is difficult to pass the ball and open the field, but it is impossible so we had to change all our ideas to just keep the ball and stay close."
Geraint John, Canada coach: "The big thing we wanted to do was pick up where we left off in Las Vegas. Very pleasing and also nice to ease Sean, Nathan and Ciaran back in. They have been out for a while so it is important for us to do that."
POOL D: SAMOA 31-7 TONGA
Surely we will see this try before the weekend is out... A chip and charge from Ofa Finau, who made his debut in windy Wellington last year, falls kindly back into his arms, he cuts inside and scores under the posts. Fantastic score! Samoa, though, continue to keep the points ticking over. Oneone Faafou gets the best of the tries, thanks to wonderful quick hands and it's a commanding win in the end.
RT @IRBSevens: .@KenyaSevens with their tackle bags looking for their first win @SevensWelly overseen by @paultreu http://t.co/jz9GwnQQMw— France7s (@France7s) 07/02/2014 03:45
POOL D: SAMOA 17-0 TONGA
Big hits and thumping tackles all round. It's scoreless in the first three minutes before Fomai Ah Ki bursts clear. Tulolo Tulolo then has bundles of space on the right flank, cuts inside and it's an easy try. Space enveloping now, Samoa using the width brilliantly and Ah Ki scores his second.
RT @ScrumESPN: #NZ7s En una de las últimas, Palma habilitó a Sábato y el wing de Alumni llegó al try. Los Pumas 7´s derrotan 17-12 a Escoci…— Marcelo Caputo (@Marcelo Caputo) 07/02/2014 03:33
POOL C: ARGENTINA 17-12 SCOTLAND
The Scots' Cup hopes hang by a thread. It's tight and tense in this second-half, the scores still locked with two minutes left. It's all about pace and the cylinders fall to Santiago Alvarez, who gleefully goes over against the run of play. The hooter goes, the Scots have it but they knock on! Argentina pretty safe to qualify.
RT @IRBSevens: .@manusamoa warming up for their match with Tonga - in the rain!! https://t.co/wzU7tdSNMT— Åsh (@Åsh) 07/02/2014 03:24
RT @IRBSevens: A very wet Wellington means a very wet photographer! #nz7s http://t.co/TUZs0Je1VU— #Nandibear (@#Nandibear) 07/02/2014 03:22
Our @RugbyCanada 7s men r representing the jersey well. Great start thus far. Next up Argentina #sevens #keepitup #cuphunting— Jen kish (@Jen kish) 07/02/2014 03:19
POOL C: ARGENTINA 12-12 SCOTLAND
It's brightened up in Wellington and the opening salvos shine on Argentina, Facundo Panceyra Garrido bursting clear after a Scottish mistake from kick-off. Andrew Turnbull then darts through the Argentine lines for his 132nd career try. Such speed! But Argentina suck the Scots in on another attack and Garrido goes over for his second score. It's back and forth in this one though: Turnbull puts on the gas, holds off and dives into the corner. Great resolve.
Take a selfie," these snapchats said #sevens @nzstuff http://t.co/qEQm2DyyRI— Michelle Duff (@Michelle Duff) 07/02/2014 03:07
POOL C: CANADA 29-12 USA
An offload to the ever-present Harry Jones hands Canada the initiative straight after the break. Then Sean Guke gets in on the act, the Cannuck has missed every World Series event this term, but a searing run down the right flank heralds his return. Consolation try from Nick Edwards at the death. Another returning Canadian, Mike Scholz, has the final say in the corner.
Try time for Sean Duke. Outside gas. He'll be happy, this being his return to action. Up to 90 career scores. #nz7s— Patrick Johnston (@Patrick Johnston) 07/02/2014 03:05
Who would have thought giant man babies could be so terrifying?! #sevens http://t.co/FfFmNJFWgg— Amy Hodgkinson (@Amy Hodgkinson) 07/02/2014 03:06
RT @BlitzBokke: Great tribute to @SARefs @rastakie's 100thmatch from #BlitzBokke's friend Susan Gordon! @SevensWelly #nz7s http://t.co/Vzf3…— basheer (@basheer) 07/02/2014 03:05
HT ANALYSIS: The USA had been retaining the ball well in this match, but @conort22 is keeping Canada in front. Next score is crucial. #NZ7s— Jeff Hull (@Jeff Hull) 07/02/2014 03:00
POOL C: CANADA 12-5 USA
Andrew Durutalo finishes off a fine USA move, three quick passes out wide and the big man dives over in the corner. After Canada were denied a try, the US fail to ground on their try line and Conor Trainor touches down to level up. Right on the hooter, Canada lead as Trainor dummies and splits the US defence.
@jermaine109 no... This is the #NZ7s that's on... Started at 2am :]xx. Super rugby starts the 15th... How does your day look 2day?— Ryan Davids (@Ryan Davids) 07/02/2014 02:53
#NewZealand's biggest costume party kicks off today in Wellington @ #IRBSevens tournament 2014 https://t.co/5pZaoYedHv— Paddy's Wagon (@Paddy's Wagon) 07/02/2014 02:52
Next up is an all North American affair with @RugbyCanada taking on @USARugby #SevensWelly— blitzbokke.com (@blitzbokke.com) 07/02/2014 02:49
POOL B: FRANCE 21-15 SPAIN
Julien Jane hands France the advantage, but Spain are putting up some fight. Igor Genua spins round from a tackle and uses the greasy surface to great effect for a fine score. Paul Albaladejo then muscles his way through the Spanish lines for a magical French try. And they hold on at the death.
POOL B: FRANCE 7-10 SPAIN
France may have the run over Spain in the XV's game, but Sevens is a totally different beast! The Spaniards start brilliantly, Javier Carrion scoring first, Two missed tackles then sees Jonathan Laugel score under the posts for the French. Carrion carries on running when it looks offside from a neat kick through and converts. Surprise on the cards?
Another fantastic battle between #NZ and #Fiji in the @IRBSevens #wellingtonsevens. Wow!— Trevor Walter-Hughes (@Trevor Walter-Hughes) 07/02/2014 02:27
POOL B: NEW ZEALAND 7-12 FIJI
Moments after the restart, New Zealand's quick hands and rolling passes see Sherwin Stowers cut the defence. Back from the sin bin, Samisoni Viriviri then puts on the gas and his quick feet evades the Kiwis. The rain is favouring the Fijians in this humdinger... a minute left and Fiji miss a kick for goal giving a window for the NZ five points down. Fiji are a man down still but they hold on heroically. A dramatic win over the hosts!
So close! Akira Ioane tried to start a play there but lost the ball. Seconds left now #SevensWelly— NZ7s (@NZ7s) 07/02/2014 02:25
The stadium starts filling up for the kiwis v Fiji - even if people are getting a little soggy! #sevens http://t.co/JoA9cfHVWK— Michelle Duff (@Michelle Duff) 07/02/2014 02:17
POOL B: NEW ZEALAND 0-5 FIJI
The rain is coming down and this game has started at a blistering pace. Fiji are not phased by the hosts here, playing their own game and forcing the Kiwis on the backfoot. It's end to end before dangerman Samisoni Viriviri is yellow-carded for throwing the ball away in the ruck. But trouble for New Zealand now as Scott Curry pulls back under pressure. An absolutely frenetic half ends in the corner and the Kiwis pay the price as Emosi Mulevoro goes over. Everyone breathe! Seven classic minutes...
All Blacks v Fiji. A Sevens classic always. Should be fun.— J. Humphries (@J. Humphries) 07/02/2014 02:08
POOL A: ENGLAND 36-7 PORTUGAL
Portugal hold their own and manage some much-needed possession. It's scoreless for five minutes and they are rewarded brilliantly thanks to a deft kick through and score under the posts. But Marcus Watson is equal to it with a kick and charge as speedster Dan Norton picks up and scores. Norton then creates more space for a second try inside a minute. Six tries in all and Norton one try away from his 150th.
^_^, I see one of my fave English Rugby 7's players on my TV....@Mat_turner11 #SevensWelly— Crissieeeeee (@Crissieeeeee) 07/02/2014 01:56
In Wellington it's not always clear who's wearing sevens outfits and who's wearing their *normal* clothes :)— Magnolia Wilson (@Magnolia Wilson) 07/02/2014 01:53
POOL A: ENGLAND 22-0 PORTUGAL
Defending champions England start at a thunderous pace. Tom Powell, the leading points scorer this season, cuts through the. Jeff Williams then angles this way and that to double the lead. The relentless pace continues as quick ball out wide sees Phil Burgess score in the corner. It's four scores moments later - Portugal are yet to make hay in the England half - as Mitchell scores his second under the posts.
The picture says it all @matt_pontin #getin #nz7s #blitzbokke http://t.co/1QBJGA0VbR— Mark Sumner (@Mark Sumner) 07/02/2014 01:51
Rivals beware! South Africa skipper Kyle Brown says there is still work to be done: "We're just going to keep working on our consistency. But we need to cut down on conceding penalties against future teams."
.@nz7s and @fijirugby all set for their mammoth clash @sevenswelly! https://t.co/DJruBqhyDG— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 07/02/2014 01:43
South Africa have now conceded just 14 points in their last seven games.
POOL A: SOUTH AFRCA 26-0 WALES
Kyle Brown, who missed last year's event in Wellington, opens up his weekend and the first score after the break, ending a fine team try in the corner. Wales still have chances to break but the BlitzBokke cover defence is again right on the money.
When art and rugby meet #sevens @nzstuff http://t.co/BMYJWGrGTK— Michelle Duff (@Michelle Duff) 07/02/2014 01:37
RT @IRBSevens: And the hosts @nz7s get the biggest cheer! Can they take back the lead in the HSBC SWS? http://t.co/JL7bDQD8yk— Q (@Q) 07/02/2014 01:36
POOL A: SOUTH AFRCA 19-0 WALES
Before you can say Wales are up against it in his group... within 20 seconds, Justin Geduld accelerates clear to cast off any injury doubts to score under the posts. What a start. But BlitzBokke make some rare mistakes, allowing Wales to regroup and settle. There is attacking intent but SA's defence is in sync. Pressure is finally relieved as Sampie Mastriet scoops up a free ball and sprints clear. Mastriet then has two in a minute, thanks to a speedy coast-to-coast effort. Set up by that man Cecil Afrika.
POOL D: AUSTRALIA 33-5 TONGA
Cameron Clark, brilliant in Las Vegas, sidesteps clear and sends a perfect pass out wide to Peter Schuster, who doubles up. Moments later, Tasi Ma'u powers over, which gets a hearty cheer from the increasing crowd. Australia regroup and recycle. Another piercing run out wide ends with Nick Malouf going over for his 13th career try. Before the hooter the returning Ed Jenkins goes over for a resounding win.
RT @michelle_duff: Who knew a bowl of pasta could look this good? #sevens @nzstuff http://t.co/UeDhZN51q4— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 07/02/2014 01:17
We spotted some @fijirugby FANS in the Crowd @benjaminryan these guys will be Shouting out for FIJI @SevensWelly http://t.co/JLy1T0cVVt— EthnicMedia360Sports (@EthnicMedia360Sports) 07/02/2014 01:17
Cavemen and women settle in to watch Aussie v Tonga #sevens @nzstuff http://t.co/MSqfLJGqHo— Michelle Duff (@Michelle Duff) 07/02/2014 01:11
RT @SevensWelly: So bright and colourful! #SevensWelly http://t.co/gHly6f8RmI— Central Coast Chat (@Central Coast Chat) 07/02/2014 01:10
POOL D: AUSTRALIA 12-0 SAMOA
A grounded Peter Schuster looks to have been held up just short, but has enough beef to put his arm over the line. More great play from Schuster, who takes it wide before handing to Tom Lucas, who duly scores down the middle. Incisive.
Who can tell us who this is? #7sWhoAmI? http://t.co/bdLYqeBx9g— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 07/02/2014 01:09
Samoa's head coach Viliamu Punivalu: "A win is a win but we still have a lot of work to do before Fiji. They were a bit asleep out there so I will have to wake them up quickly."
Australia, plate runners-up in Las Vegas, taking on Tonga next. Can the men in red hold their own in only their second World Series event this season?
POOL D: SAMOA 24-12 KENYA
Fale So'oialo trickery sees him fall short one yard out, A quick release has Reupena Levasa spinning round and finishing off. Daniel Sikuta then scores a consolation try, but not before a speight of substitutions for the Samoans.
Love Nz rugby commentators, always seem to pronounce the island names properly #NZ7s #Proud #BigUpsToTheseCommentators @mikeysio— Nesi Niuloa (@Nesi Niuloa) 07/02/2014 00:53
HT. New kid Meafua scores a try just as the buzzer goes. 19-5. #Sevenswelly #Shujaapride.— Rose Otieno (@Rose Otieno) 07/02/2014 00:51
POOL D: SAMOA 19-5 KENYA
From nowhere, Oscar Ayodi angles to touch, holds off a Samoan tackle, keeps his feet infield and goes clear. Running rugby at its best. Space developing apace though, as Tulolo Tulolo scampers clear straight from kick-off for a Samoan reply. Right on the hooter, it's three on one as Kelly Meafua then benefits from the overlap to give Samoa breathing space. Great half.
Two classic Sevens' sides out now. Samoa, fourth in Las Vegas, take on Kenya, who are still finding their feet in this season's World Series. But the Kenyans reached last year's final and, as we all know, anything can happen in this 14-minute fun-fest.
POOL C: ARGENTINA 19-14 USA
Argentina are matching Canada's earlier awareness. USA have had no possession, but suddenly we see some steam. Yes, Carlin Isles picks up inside his 22 and, for a minute, life is akin to a fast-forward button... before the eyes are rubbed and it really is the American running real-time for 60 metres! Brett Thompson then goes over in the corner and the kick sails over for good measure. Suddenly this game has a life! But it's little too late and Argentina hold on.
Off to the Sevens! Guess as what. #NZ7s http://t.co/5OMbY7uMjS— YorkDine (@YorkDine) 07/02/2014 00:35
Up next #Kenya vs Samoa @SevensWelly we can do this boys! #NZ7s— Shujaa Pride (@Shujaa Pride) 07/02/2014 00:37
POOL C: ARGENTINA 19-0 USA
Already today we have seen some marvellous Sevens' vision. Gaston Revol's awareness see him gather a piercing dink kick through the US lines and that's the opening score. It's all Argentina in this Americas clash as German Schultz doubles the lead before Diego Palma powers over from a turnover on the 22 and it seals a thoroughly deserved lead at the hooter.
Lovely chip and chase from @unionargentina and converted. 7-0 to the very bright lads in *bright* orange(?). #PoolPlay #SevensWelly— NZ Sevens (@NZ Sevens) 07/02/2014 00:25
Canada wins! #Canada defeats #Scotland 17-14 to open @SevensWelly and will now face #USA at 9:48pm ET/6:48pm PT. Well done, guys!— RugbyCanada (@RugbyCanada) 07/02/2014 00:19
CANADA 17-14 SCOTLAND
Pure strength sees Connor Braid scamper clear for his fourth try of the season. Scotland miss the tackle and Canada remain two scores in front. The siren then goes off prematurely, no doubt upsetting Canada's train of thought such is their confidence right now! With under a minute left, the Scots need two tries and stalwart Colin Gregor goes for the kicking game. Eventually it pays off as it goes wide and Andrew Turnbull runs through for his 132nd career try.
Good luck to the @nz7s @nzplaying this weekend especially the Wellington boys @ambrose_curtis and Lote.— Scott Waldrom (@Scott Waldrom) 07/02/2014 00:14
SCOTLAND 10-7 CANADA
Scotland kick off, but Canada are right on song. how importand did we say the kicks were? Nanyak Dala dinks one through the middle and Harry Jones runs on and goes down over the ball for the opening score of the weekend. Jones then doubles up after a fine offload from Conor Trainor. But this game has opened up already. James Johnstone intercepts and sprints clear from half-way to half the deficit at the hooter.
Scotland's a solid team- pitch length counter attack for a try. 10-7 in last minute #nz7s— Patrick Johnston (@Patrick Johnston) 07/02/2014 00:07
Loving #sevenswelly. Check out the costumes. http://t.co/jIvX69ZFIN http://t.co/dwqZJQF1FA— NZ7s (@NZ7s) 06/02/2014 23:49
Wishing The Boys And U @benjaminryan All The Very Best Against New Zealand....A Game At A Time #teamfiji #gofijigo #NZ7s— Joby Waqa (@Joby Waqa) 06/02/2014 23:49
For those who missed out on the Las Vegas leg, South Africa were in unstoppable mood all weekend. They only conceded two scores and 14 points in the whole tournament! Skipper Kyle Brown clearly doesn't know the meaning of relaxing:
"This tournament will be won by defence and we will keep working hard on that and pushing that culture to make sure we stay solid enough to hopefully win another title."
Here's Simon Amor, coach of defending champions England, on the threat posed by BlitzBokke: "The physicality that the South Africans bring, they're not top of the series for no reason. They pride themselves on defence, they're very, very good in that area."
We are just under 30 minutes away from our first game of the day. We start with a bang: Canada v Scotland. They may be 11th and 12th in the standings, but both will want to start with a win and give themselves every chance of reaching the Cup quarter-finals.
But the Scots have it all to do. Canada were in revelatory form in Las Vegas. They finished third, beating Samoa in a marvellous third-place match. Can they repeat the trick?
This group of lords and ladies were ill-prepared for the weather. "We're melting," they said #sevens http://t.co/imxVnyztli— Michelle Duff (@Michelle Duff) 06/02/2014 23:23
Off to the Sevens with my parents. No costumes. No 'pre-loading'. Just packed lunch, sunblock & a love of live sport. Are we doing it wrong?— Marianne Elliott (@Marianne Elliott) 06/02/2014 23:28
Does Sir Gordon Tietjens have a trick up his sleeve? Auckland teenager Akira Ioane is the only new cap in the Kiwi 12-strong squad: "He'll get some game time, certainly if we've got the game in hand. But there may be the opportunity to start him as well. And when the opposition don't know a lot about a certain player it's probable a good opportunity will come in his way."
It's Friday afternoon in Wellington, but Sevens fans around the globe are up for this weekend if social media is anything to go by. Keep that #sevens hashtag flowing and we will publish the best tweets over the next two days.
Hello and welcome to day one coverage from Wellington. With South African in such brilliant form, hosts New Zealand will be up against it in front of their fanatical support. It all makes for a captivating weekend.
Sir Gordon Tietjens' side haven't won since the season-opening weekend on the Gold Coast, while the BlitzBokke's victory in Las Vegas has given them a slender one-point lead over the Kiwis in the standings. Let the build-up commence.
RT @Muscadd: War cry!.Go Kenya!!" @wekesa: Kenya v Samoa at 3.42am tomorrow morning. Get your war paint on #Kenya7s #NZ7s— The Scion (@The Scion) 06/02/2014 17:45
RT @RugbyCanada: The @IRBMedia has OFFICIALLY announced the @Rio2016_en Qualification process for #Rugby #Sevens> http://t.co/n0vTou4AJZ #G…— Michael Perovich (@Michael Perovich) 06/02/2014 14:46
@PennyKroll1 @RugbyCAN_ @RugbyCanada They are on a roll & we are so excited to be here @SevensWelly to Cheer for them #rednation #gocanadago— Connie McGinley (@Connie McGinley) 06/02/2014 14:49