- New Zealand win Cup Final with one-way 21-0 win over South Africa
- NZ rack up 178 points without reply in last five matches
- England edged out of third place 14-12 to Fiji in thriller
- Last-gasp kick hands Australia Plate win over gritty Canada
- Kenya win Bowl Trophy with 24-14 win over Scotland
- USA see off Spain 28-12 to take Shield Final
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RT @IRBSevens: Congratulations @nz7s on their win at the @SevensWelly to put them back on top of the HSBC SWS http://t.co/cOCiv0EXcF— Wellington.Scoop (@Wellington.Scoop) 08/02/2014 09:27
Here's New Zealand coach Sir Gordon Tietjens to finish off a successful weekend: "To bounce back and have no tries scored against us after losing to Fiji was really pleasing. It was a case today of making no mistakes and we coped brilliantly. I think we still be fighting it out with South Africa to the end now."
RT @DanCarter: @allblacks #sevens boys ripping it tonight. Very proud of the brothers, congratulations.— keyarnah (@keyarnah) 08/02/2014 09:12
So, the two best teams fought out another Cup Final, but it was New Zealand who ended up doing the celebratory Haka (the statistics below are simply mind blowing!)
Fiji kept up the chase on the top two with a fighting win over Wellington holders England. Meanwhile, Canada continue to impress. They have been one of the packages of this World Series.
We now have a month break before returning in Tokyo, Japan. We can't wait, so see you all then. Goodbye!
the moment all the girls have been waiting for... the team takes off their shirts for a haka #sevens— taylor anderson (@taylor anderson) 08/02/2014 09:09
A jubilant Kiwi captain, DJ Forbes: "What a better place to beat South Africa after five straight losses, we really wanted that. For all the fans who turned out in this weather, we thank you. It was a real gutsy performance, we had a little chat from Jonah Lomu in the changing room and that really geed us up."
NEW ZEALAND win Wellington for a seventh time and overtake rivals South Africa to top the World Series table by a mere two points. That was utterly emphatic from the Kiwis, from defence to attack. It's another clean slate for New Zealand too. They have scored 178 points and none against since their opening day loss to Fiji!
We all laughed when Jake White said Defence wins you tournaments. Well done @nz7s, W. Kok impresses me week after week @zaahiromar_9— Ciaren Zellick Fritz (@Ciaren Zellick Fritz) 08/02/2014 09:03
CUP FINAL: NEW ZEALAND 21-0 SOUTH AFRICA
In these conditions, turnover ball is the last thing you want to concede and South Africa are getting pushed back further. When do venture forward, NZ are resolute in defence, Ben Lam showing why with one thumping tackle. BlitzBokke are camped inside the NZ half but with three minutes left it's going to be too late.
Wet conditions suited @nz7s. Slower game and so physical strength at breakdown the difference. @Blitzboks dominant until final clash.— Jon Cardinelli (@Jon Cardinelli) 08/02/2014 08:59
Cecil Afrika is showing his class, popping up everywhere to try and swing momentum to the visiting team #SevensWelly— NZ7s (@NZ7s) 08/02/2014 08:52
Poor Poor performance by the #BlitzBokke , hope they come-back fighting as I don't see #NZ7s slowing down #SSRugby— ¢ђДмÞ20₪ c∕̴ƖπϞ (@¢ђДмÞ20₪ c∕̴ƖπϞ) 08/02/2014 08:51
The roof will blow if New Zealand take this. Come on the All Blacks! #nzsevens #sevenswelly http://t.co/SHOI2JgwyV— David Philipson (@David Philipson) 08/02/2014 08:46
Dont want 2 jinx it, but am thinking a celebratory haka is coming up! #NZ7s #captaindjucaandoit— Danielle Katavich (@Danielle Katavich) 08/02/2014 08:45
CUP FINAL: NEW ZEALAND 21-0 SOUTH AFRICA
Oh, that's just brilliant. Great awareness from the Kiwis, three South Africans sucked in and Sherwin Stowers runs over for his eighth try of the weekend. The hosts haven't missed a tackle - and they haven't conceded again. Another half of this and it will be five on the trot!
6 mins. Bryce Heem breaks inside his own 22, great surge, before offloading to the on-hand Tim Mikkelson who has open road ahead of him. A minute later, Mikkelson goes on another gallop on the left touch, but Werner Kok just manages to get enough jersey. Sherwin Stowers steps up from the next move and angles out wide for their second score. NZ 14-0
RT @IRBSevens: Congratulations to @Aussie7s who won the Plate @SevensWelly! @edjenkins86 @camclark_ et al http://t.co/QlA0GNn6hH— Aussie 7s (@Aussie 7s) 08/02/2014 08:33
For a third successive time we hear the SA and NZ anthems ahead of a Cup final. Who's your winner? http://t.co/dEn2uEEiM6— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 08/02/2014 08:31
Back from a morning run and ready for the sevens .... LEGGGGO BOKKKE! #NZ7s #blitzbokke— Marek van Wyk (@Marek van Wyk) 08/02/2014 08:29
Fiji - the masters of making something out of nothing. Great win #SevensWelly— Niki Schuck (@Niki Schuck) 08/02/2014 08:24
In 10 minutes time, the BlitzBokke face New Zealand in the Wellington Sevens Cup Final - LIVE and in HD! #SSRugby— Rackoon (@Rackoon ) 08/02/2014 08:22
THIRD PLACE: ENGLAND 7-14 FIJI
Pace and defence in equal measure again after the break. James Rodwell levels up for England. And the finish is thrilling. Fiji on the attack, it goes coast to coast - a mix of looping and quick passes - before Semi Kunatani scores at the death. Cruel on England, but Fiji perhaps shaded that.
THIRD PLACE: ENGLAND 0-7 FIJI
Fascinating match-up, with both teams slightly depleted through injuries. No score after six minutes, but Fiji proving a right handful. England's defence and tackling - 20 in the first-half alone - somehow quells the attacks from Ben Ryan's side. It stays locked at 0-0 at the hooter.... before Benito Masilevu steps inside and out and goes over.
It's a very young team and they've beaten a very good Canada team" yes, they have and I'm so proud!! Well done Aussies :) #Sevens— ThankYou, James♡ (@ThankYou, James♡) 08/02/2014 08:01
A jubilant Australian, Ed Jenkins: "I'm over the moon, To be down 10-0 against such a good side is really pleasing. It's a tough stadium and we don't get much support here. Possession and territory is key now and not being turned over the whole time."
PLATE FINAL: CANADA 12-14 AUSTRALIA
Few would deny Canada Plate success here, but the Wallabies are doing their best to overhaul the deficit. They pull a score back and then Ed Jenkins has enough pace and grit to reach the line. The conversion... GOES OVER! Cameron Clark with the last-gasp kick in the swirling wind. Incredible end and the plate goes to the Aussies.
Ambience. We'll remember this one! RT @IRBSevens: The rains coming down think and fast here @SevensWelly http://t.co/f1CzJ7pfJ6— NZ Sevens (@NZ Sevens) 08/02/2014 07:46
Almost THAT time... #OneTeam #OneLove @SevensWelly #CupFinal http://t.co/C6MswgFAv8— blitzbokke.com (@blitzbokke.com) 08/02/2014 07:41
The brilliant Collins Injera, Kenya captain: "It feels good, after our day one, it wasn't quite what we wanted. We focussed, we wanted three wins and we got three wins. It is different this year, we just need to keep adapting and ticking the boxes. If we do we will come a long way. It it is why I am in the team, I still have the strength and speed to do it."
PLATE FINAL: AUSTRALIA 0-10 CANADA
Sean Duke get the Final off to a cracking start. Experience tells and a passing move ends with Duke going over. It's an open game but both defences are in sync. The in-form Cannucks have Australia pinned back in their 22 and the pressure soon tells as Duke piles over in the corner!
Congratulations to @KenyaSevens - winners of the Bowl in Wellington. @paultreu @cinjera @humphkj @OumaOscar http://t.co/ctwoYNegJL— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 08/02/2014 07:38
that sunny forecast is now "out the window" @nz7s How does that change the gameplan? #SevensWelly more kicking, but need to stay on feet yes— #RugbyNewZealand (@#RugbyNewZealand) 08/02/2014 07:37
Canada vs Australia at #WellingtonSevens #Sevens https://t.co/s5eUezI7ku— Nicole Williams (@Nicole Williams) 08/02/2014 07:30
Collins Injera of @KenyaRugby247 would make it into any international 7s side - legend @SevensWelly @IRBSevens— Simon Evans (@Simon Evans) 08/02/2014 07:30
BOWL FINAL: SCOTLAND 14-24 KENYA
There's little to choose in the second-half. Tight as anything, but with Scotland chasing the game and gaps developing, Kenya break down the right before Horace Otieno finishes a brilliant passing move under the posts.
BOWL FINAL: SCOTLAND 14-17 KENYA
Oscar Ayode gives Kenya the ascendancy with a powerful run down the left flanks. Scotland guilty of ball watching as space develops. It wouldn't be a Sevens match without Collins Injera getting in on the act and he glides over in the now pouring rain. Darren Gillespie then finishes a fine quick passing move running in on the angle. Struan Dewer replicates a minute later and the Scots are back on parity. Right on the hooter, Injera then backs his chip and charge and goes over. Sevens' marvel.
Congratulations @USARugby @ZTesty5 @Carlin_Isles @polarbearkzn et all for winning a second successive Shield http://t.co/HuLVn9Oecu— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 08/02/2014 07:07
Carlin Isles, USA's top try scorer in Wellington: "We are happy, we are pleased on day two. Not exactly how we wanted it to go, but always good to get the win.
I am have a great time, I love this sport, I love Rugby is a blessing to me, of course I will be in Tokyo. The more time I get to play, the better. I love inspiring people and I love what it has done to me and my team."
RT @IRBSevens: The Cup final is set!! Third successive time these two sides have met in a Cup final @AllBlacks v @bokrugby http://t.co/gLjb…— Aeysha Stemmet (@Aeysha Stemmet) 08/02/2014 06:54
RT @muzzaPeace: Carlin Isles is an absolute blessing to the Sevens game. Humble, hugely talented and loves the sport. Let's hope he stays @…— Joseph (@Joseph) 08/02/2014 06:53
Brilliant Banksy 'Flower Throwers' at the Wellington Rugby Sevens! If you want to see the real thing… http://t.co/qtq008lU1z— Oi YOU! (@Oi YOU! ) 08/02/2014 06:53
SHIELD SEMI: SPAIN 12-28 USA
Carlin Isles produces another open road moment, finding room on the outside to surge clear. Ryne Haitsuka then cuts the Spain defence apart from a fine offload. Matias Tudela gives the Spanish hope with a tap and run over the line. They're two scores down, but Isles puts down the shutters and the Shield belongs to the US.
SHIELD FINAL: SPAIN 7-7 USA
Francisco Hernandez gets the ball rolling with an incisive kick, run and pick up before going over in the corner. The conversion is just as good. But the US hit back with a try from impact man Zack Test. Tight and nothing in this one.
Well its safe to say that #NZ7s and #BlitzBokke are in their own league, third cup final in a row!— moseh murage (@moseh murage) 08/02/2014 06:31
RT @Blitzboks: Congratulations to team who made fourth final in a row, this time beating Fiji 10-0 in @sevenswelly Semi and face @nz7s in f…— C A R L (@C A R L ) 08/02/2014 06:22
South Africa captain Kyle Brown: "We had great discipline out there and the teams defended like trojans. We will give this a big go."
So, it's New Zealand v South Africa in the Cup Final. NZ last won the Wellington Sevens in 2012, winning six times. SA and NZ last met in the final in 2007. The BlitzBokke are going for a hat-trick of World Series wins later.
CUP SEMI: SOUTH AFRICA 10-0 FIJI
South Africa are sucking the life from the dangerous Fiji. Brilliant in defence and weathering the storms. 180 seconds left - there is still time for Fiji - but SA win a crucial advantage. Fiji finally create a move but they kick into touch. Presure tells once more and the BlitzBokke have the chance to win their third tournament in a row.
RT @IRBSevens: Congratulations @AfrikaCecil - that is 100 career tries from the @bokrugby #sevens star! http://t.co/6s1aiEzIdt— Christo Williams (@Christo Williams) 08/02/2014 06:08
CUP SEMI: SOUTH AFRICA 10-0 FIJI
Sampie Mastriet gets the current World Series leaders off to a flyer with a score in the corner. Again, the kicking game comes into effect, South Africa using it brilliantly to avert danger.Branco du Preez then feeds that man Cecil Afrika and the BlitzBokke have breathing space.
Great atmosphere at the @IRBSevens here in Wellington! http://t.co/kAIKOfOf8t— Teja Kandarpa (@Teja Kandarpa) 08/02/2014 06:01
Lots of these hanging out this year...tane ma. #sevens http://t.co/wQEROdqLZx— Peata Melbourne (@Peata Melbourne) 08/02/2014 06:01
CUP SEMI-FINAL: ENGLAND 0-31 NEW ZEALAND
England had conceded only four tries all tournament. Three in that first half has left them with a mountain to climb. It's a hammer blow from the off though as Bryce Heem picks up from another incisive kick through the middle. England just can't deal with the pace and vision of the hosts. Marcus Watson stops another cross-kick try but Akira Ioane dives in after searing pace down the right.
Try! Heem scores after a brilliant kick from Curry to the corner, another score for the hosts from a deadly turnover #SevensWelly— NZ7s (@NZ7s) 08/02/2014 05:51
What an atmosphere here despite the rain at @SevensWelly - @nz7s 19 @England7Sevens 0 http://t.co/0AMJboOAoB— EthnicMedia360Sports (@EthnicMedia360Sports) 08/02/2014 05:48
Great work by NZ. England looking rattled but still dangerous #nz7s— Dagan (@Dagan) 08/02/2014 05:47
CUP SEMI: ENGLAND 0-19 NEW ZEALAND
As you'd expect, this one starts at a furious pace. Dan Bibby earns an early sinbin too. Kicking is key and Gillies Kaka sends one deep. England put into touch, Tom Mitchell throws away and suddenly they are down to five with another yellow. The Kiwis take advantage and Sherwin Stowers go over in the corner. The kicking game continues, England are held deep in their 22 and a scuffle ensues. "I know the intensity's high...," says the ref. Not half! But the momentum is with New Zealand and Scott Curry goes over as another gap is exploited. Ben Lam slides and drives over on the hooter - the perfect time to score.
Crowd pumping to @Tikidub singing..You're always on my miiiiind this is what you do to meeee #sevens http://t.co/59pLUQ7FR2— Peata Melbourne (@Peata Melbourne) 08/02/2014 05:34
First Cup semi-final up next: defending champions England against hosts New Zealand. Nothing will be left in the locker for this one, will it?
@RugbyCanada to face @Aussie7s in what is sure to be an explosive plate final. Both teams will be coming out hard @SevensWelly #LWOS— Kyle Willoughby (@Kyle Willoughby) 08/02/2014 05:24
So we know all the other finals @SevensWelly with Shield - Spain v USA; Bowl - Kenya v France; Plate- Canada v Australia ..Cup Semis up next— Mike Friday (@Mike Friday) 08/02/2014 05:22
Cameron Clark and captain Ed Jenkins (2) add tries for Mick O'Connor's side in the second half and they now face Canada in the Plate final later on day two. The match ends 34-0. Time now for the Cup semis and the excitiment is beginning to build at the Westpac Stadium.
Quick #7sWhoAmI before the Cup semi finals...can you name this man? http://t.co/2NZVjoSmz5— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 08/02/2014 05:15
Shanon Walker has "jet shoes" as the commentators love to say, as he speeds down the outside of Argentina's defence not once, not twice but three times to give Australia a 17-0 lead while in the background Samoa perform their war dance in front of their fans at the Westpact Stadium.
Comprehensive by Canada over Samoa 27-0. They'll play winner of Australia vs Argentina. Have to think Red & White are hot favourites. #NZ7s— Patrick Johnston (@Patrick Johnston) 08/02/2014 05:05
#SevenWellington (@SevensWelly) #Final #SemifinalPlata #Canadá le ganó 27 a 0 #Samoa y espera por #LosPumas o #Australia— A Los Palos (@A Los Palos) 08/02/2014 05:04
Conor Trainor secures his double and this is a feast of tries from the Cannucks. Harry Jones also racks up his second try of the match, going over in the corner. This will be confirmed as Canada's biggest win over Samoa. As the hooter looms, there is a bad injury to Fomai Ah Ki, the Samoan has been grounded for some time.
RT @SevensWelly: Like its @FleetWeek @USARugby #SevensWelly #sevens #7s http://t.co/J37XKmTz5H— #RugbyNewZealand (@#RugbyNewZealand) 08/02/2014 04:55
PLATE SF: CANADA 17-0 SAMOA
John Moonlight shows his brute strength as he steamrollers through for the opening try. The Cannuck is right on his game in this revitalised Canada side. Moonlight then doubles the lead and this is a fine start with the Samoans under constant pressure in defence. Their plight is sealed with Harry Jones exploiting the holes for a third try.
BOWL SF: KENYA 24-7 FRANCE
Oscar Ouma makes France pay for waiting for the whistle and one hand-off is enough as he goes to the posts. Daniel Sikuta then slides to the corner and just reaches the line with three Frenchmen pursuing. It's try number four and this one is all over. Kenya will face Scotland in the final. Serious football skills with three touches sees Renaud Delmas go over, their first real attack.
possession is key to win this game in the 2nd half #Kenya7s all the way always.... #NZ7s— LoudProud #SHUJAA™ (@LoudProud #SHUJAA™) 08/02/2014 04:26
BOWL SF: KENYA 14-0 FRANCE
Biko Adema collects a looping basketball pass, he sprints 30 metres and is certain to score in the corner. At the last minute he sends a risky pass inside to Daniel Sikuta, who goes under the posts! France might have favoured these slippery conditions, but it's all Kenya here. Oscar Ayodi with the second try.
BOWL SF: SCOTLAND 28-0 WALES
Problems for Wales down to six men and Alex Glashan secures his hat-trick in style. The rain lashes down but Colin Gregor rifles his kick through the posts to surely set up a Bowl Final berth. Mark Robertson wrongfoots and uses his feet brilliantly to canter through for another score and that's that.
Je me demande où sont les Twittos de France ?!? Dans 3 minutes, les #Bleus de #France jouent. #NZ7s #SevensWelly— France7s (@France7s) 08/02/2014 04:12
#TeamKenya Are we ready to let the world feel our presence behind #Kenya7s... Who's with us? o/ #NZ7s— Kenya Rugby 24/7 (@Kenya Rugby 24/7) 08/02/2014 04:11
BOWL SF: WALES 0-14 SCOTLAND
Both need the points, both sense the urgency. Alex Glashan shapes to pass and deceives the Welsh brilliantly for a 20-metre score. The Scots are on top, certainly, and they are rewarded again from a passing move - what they'e renowned for - as Glashan slides under the posts.
Give it up for Captain America Isles #wellingtonsevens #NZL7s #usa7s @IRBSevens lighting speed— #Corona (@#Corona) 08/02/2014 03:57
Crowd starting to get back into it. The party has begun. @SevensWelly @France7s @nz7s #nz7s #SevensWelly #sevens http://t.co/C0p8vgsMhw— Experience Group (@Experience Group) 08/02/2014 03:57
As the sun rises over @SouthAfrica, a @SevensWelly update: #BlitzBokke beat @Aussie7s 0-10 & plays @fijirugby in the Cup SF2 at 8am, SAtime— blitzbokke.com (@blitzbokke.com) 08/02/2014 04:00
SHIELD SF: PORTUGAL 10-31 USA
When Carlin Isles goes open road, it's an open-mouth experience. Sevens and USA rugby is all the better for it. He duly gallops clear to win this one for the US. Nuno Guedes shows that he is full of running, making hay from a missed tackle. Isles then saves the best for last, darting around two Portuguese on the outside and easing up 30 metres from the line! Antonio Marques does score a debut try at the hooter.
SHIELD SF: PORTUGAL 0-17 USA
Madison Hughes, the US debutant, showed his class yesterday and today he puts in 'some Fred Astaire' down the left flanks, with a darting burst of speed before going over. Portugal make some headway into the US 22, but a counter attack sees Garrett Bender run 60 metres before offloading into the arms of Ryne Haitsuka. Moments later Hughes bursts clear after fine blindside work by Zack Test.
Pablo Fontes goes down the blindside and wins it for Spain. They're into the Shield Final and will play either USA or Portugal.
SHIELD SF: TONGA 12-12 SPAIN
Tonga are finding their feet here and speedster Samu Fiefia goes over to level the game. This one's on a knife edge with two minutes left. Spain press deep into the Tongan 22. They have a penalty but decide against the kick. We go to sudden death.
Where's Wally? (I think she might be the one in the middle). #SevensWelly http://t.co/rCLpH4FpfJ— David Philipson (@David Philipson) 08/02/2014 03:20
Sevens. I'm dressed as a 47 year old man while the kids are in onesies. @ Westpac Stadium http://t.co/dKUKRW0W67— Philip Reeve (@Philip Reeve) 08/02/2014 03:21
#wellingtonsevens weekend in Suva. How much better can it get? #GoFijiGo thanks boys @benjaminryan @IRBSevens— amelia rosi m (@amelia rosi m) 08/02/2014 03:17
SHIELD SF: TONGA 7-12 SPAIN
Spain off to a flyer, Francisco Hernandez gleefully going over. The Spanish maintain possession thereafter and midway through and Tonga have yet to touch the ball. Adam Newton cuts back in across the angle, the Tongans are totally deceived, and he scores a brilliant try under the posts. Tasi Ma'u then benefits from a kick and charge, waiting for the ball hop and they're back in the nick of time before the hooter.
Shield semi-finals up next. Tonga have never beaten Spain, will these slippery conditions change all that?
@BlitzBokke: #SevensWelly Nuff said... http://t.co/Cs0Lz6JKZK" waaah lol— lia_m (@lia_m) 08/02/2014 03:02
RT @RoisinFiasco: Love the sevens!!! #sevens @@IRBSevens @SevensWelly http://t.co/b6MDAXeToK— France7s (@France7s) 08/02/2014 02:51
Cup SemiFinals are set #NewZealand v #England and #SouthAfrica v #Fiji @IRBSevens #wellingtonsevens— Paul Holmes (@Paul Holmes) 08/02/2014 02:58
Semi Kunitani comes off the bench to secure the win for Fiji, 29-7 over Los Pumas. They will face South Africa in the semis, looking to reach their first final since Dubai.
The answer to that question is yes! In a very windy, wet Wellington, Viriviri scores a great try having previously given an impressive assist for Emosi Mulevoro. Benito Masilevu adds a third for Ben Ryan's side and they have simply handled the conditions better than Los Pumas. 19-0 at drinks
Outstanding play in these conditions from @fijirugby. 14-0 vs @unionargentina #SevensWelly #Sevens #7s— NZ Sevens (@NZ Sevens) 08/02/2014 02:44
Cowboys and cavemen singing drinking songs - could only be a train ride to the #wellingtonsevens #sevens http://t.co/CiHMubS3oM— Nicole Williams (@Nicole Williams) 08/02/2014 02:36
CUP QF: AUSTRALIA 0-10 SOUTH AFRICA
Now then... South Africa go on the attack. A well-worked move going left to right. A couple of rucks later and there's the sight of impact player Cecil Afrika's dreadlocks catching the wind. Clear space too as he goes over for the first score of the match with four minutes left. Afrika then catches the Wallabies napping before Werner Kok goes over on the overlap.
RT @willielose: @JONAHTALILOMU Great to see you @IRBSevens today mate. Still the second best dressed Tongan.#NZ7s http://t.co/yyD11ZBdx1— JONAH TALI LOMU (@JONAH TALI LOMU) 08/02/2014 02:31
CUP QF: SOUTH AFRICA 0-0 AUSTRALIA
It's scoreless at the break! Both sides feeling out the conditions - SA with most of the ball - in the opening salvos and no chances of note. It's tight stuff. Anything can happen in the rain, though, usually something special. Who wants this one more?
Unsure how the Oz and Saffa #SevensWelly uniforms look for everyone else but being colour blind it looks like two lots of budgies fighting.— Neil Miller (@Neil Miller) 08/02/2014 02:24
Valiant effort from #Canada against #NewZealand in the @SevensWelly, but errors costed them. Will regroup now & face #Samoa at 8:38pm PT— Bryan Kelly (@Bryan Kelly) 08/02/2014 02:16
That victory brings New Zealand's third succesive game without conceding a point.
CUP QF: NEW ZEALAND 24-0 CANADA
As the rain angles down, New Zealand continue to assert their dominance. Eqully impressive is their handling and error-free game in these conditions. Ben Lam now turns on the after burners before Scott Curry collects the offload and slides over. George Tilsley needlessly earns a sinbin for a high tackle to give Canada some respite, but he atones with a last-gasp try. Great vision and team try.
#SevensWelly #TILSLEY is sin binned now and @NZ7s is down to 6 with 2 mins remaining— EthnicMedia360Sports (@EthnicMedia360Sports) 08/02/2014 02:12
the clock will not be favouring @RugbyCanada but you can't fault their determination, they just won't quit #respect #rednation @SevensWelly— Kyle Willoughby (@Kyle Willoughby) 08/02/2014 02:13
Another kick by the @AllBlacks Sevens, playing to the conditions here. Mikkelson almost regathered his own kick #SevensWelly— NZ7s (@NZ7s) 08/02/2014 02:07
At @CalgaryOpera to see Flying Dutchman Watching @IRBSevens Cup QF between @RugbyCanada and @nz7s on my BlackBerry. #RugbyCulture #REDNATION— Canucks Rugby Club (@Canucks Rugby Club) 08/02/2014 02:06
CUP QF: NEW ZEALAND 12-0 CANADA
Gillies Kaka, the playmaker, powers clear on the right as Canada's stout defence is breached. Scott Curry makes sure Canada can't find their rhythm and darts through on the left to double the lead. The hosts take the lead at the hooter, but two scores down doesn't mean Canada are out of this QF.
Canada seeking contact but struggling to get to ground. Another turnover. Haven't been out of own 22. Yikes. #NZ7s— Patrick Johnston (@Patrick Johnston) 08/02/2014 02:01
Try! Kaka scores his 25th 7s five-pointer. He took the D on and broke two tackles before scooting 40 metres to the line #SevensWelly— NZ7s (@NZ7s) 08/02/2014 01:58
in-form Marcus Watson says England are on the rise: "We made mistakes in the first half, but after that we showed what we can do in this weather. We stepped up against South Africa, we steped up against Samoa, so we are booming."
CUP QF: ENGLAND 21-5 SAMOA
England are slowly retaining more possession and after Marcus Watson loses one ball, he atones brilliantly with a piercing attack through two Samoans. Tom Powell then sends over what could be a key factor in this one, the conversion. From the kick-off, England win the high ball, it falls to Phil Burgess, who beats the sweeper and it's two inside a minute. Watson has been central to England's emergence in this QF and he creates an overlap on the right to seal the win.
CUP QF: ENGLAND 0-5 SAMOA
England, without Dan Norton through injury, fail to kick the required 10m from kick off and Samoa take the early initiative. But it's a nervy opening as England steal a turnover on this greasy surface. Samoa suffer a major loss as Tulolo Tulolo limps off, but there's respite immediately as Fale So'oialo finds space on the left touch for the first try. Great power, but England guilty of missed tackles here.
Can't believe I'm saying this but gooooooo Samoa! #SevensWelly#sevens— Kura (@Kura) 08/02/2014 01:38
“@willielose: Feel so much safer now that the Tongan Ninjas have arrived @IRBSevens. #NZ7s http://t.co/1LFAhxBa8d”damn dey fine ctfu— 57 (@57) 08/02/2014 01:37
The Wellington Fox Crew just wowed the crowd with a dance they practiced since December! Aaoooooo #sevens http://t.co/Vx6Ubax8Mk— Michelle Duff (@Michelle Duff) 08/02/2014 01:28
To the Cup quarter-finals we venture! The weather is closing in, which will make conditions tricky, but exciting all the same. Some say it could benefit the Pacific nations. But one thing's for sure: predicting a winner out of these four matches is a hard task.
BOWL QF: FRANCE 14-12 USA
It's a tight second half. Both sides can't create anything of note, bar France with two minutes left as Julien Candelon goes clear, but the pass is forward. Suddenly there's urgency and Paul Albaladejo pulls off a brilliant dummy which sees Manoel Dall Igna split the US defence. They fall short, but right on the hooter, just as we were going to see a rare scoreless half of Sevens rugby, France score under the posts! Albaladejo pops over the conversion.
RT @KenyaSevens: Thank you for your support, waking up at 3am to watch the game is a sacrifice. Let’s finish off with some pride. #SevensWe…— #kenya7s in my blood (@#kenya7s in my blood) 08/02/2014 01:19
@Alusa__ ok here in south Africa its 3:20AM let's wait for the south African sevens bro plz be with me!!!!!!— IG:work in process. (@IG:work in process. ) 08/02/2014 01:21
BOWL QF: FRANCE 7-12 USA
Danny Barrett taps and runs as the French go to sleep and it's the perfect start for the US - especially after holding their own in defence in the opening salvos. As ever with the mystical French outfit, a succession of quick offloads sees Steeve Barry shake off two tackles and we're level. Barrett then darts clear, is tackled at the death but has enough carry to put his arm over the line. Brilliant.
@willielose @IRBSevens My heart says NZ will win tourney, my gut says Fiji. #NZ7s— MsCaro (@MsCaro) 08/02/2014 01:08
BOWL QF: KENYA 34-0 PORTUGAL
Daniel Sikuta underlines Kenya's strength by holding off two Portuguese for Kenya's fourth score. More physicality: impact player Collins Injera surges clear to go over for his 174th career try and it's one-way traffic at the moment against a Portugal side who haven't shown their true potential today. Oscar Ayodi finishes off an impressive performance.
@IRBSevens: .@kenyasevens fans enjoying their side in the lead as it stands @sevenswelly http://t.co/LUyL5XlimL" 《 proud all the way!— Kenya Sevens (@Kenya Sevens) 08/02/2014 00:59
BOWL QF: KENYA 12-0 PORTUGAL
This one is full of running rugby, but it takes four minutes for the opening score as playmaker Collins Injera makes room for Oscar Ouma to sprint clear as a decoy on the left flank. On the hooter, Injera cuts inside to score under the posts. A relatively quiet half for Sevens!
@kenya_7s about to face Portugal, I've got to say I wouldn't be surprised to see the Kenyans get this @SevensWelly #LWOS— Kyle Willoughby (@Kyle Willoughby) 08/02/2014 00:42
BOWL QF: SCOTLAND 38-12 SPAIN
Mark Robertson is on hand to touch down from a Spanish loose ball for his hat-trick, Andrew Turnbull then slices through to score his seventh try of the weekend (he leads on that front). The biggest cheer of the day sees Madrid speedster Pablo Fontes force himself over the line at the death. and there's still time for another try as Gautier Minguillon sprints on to a kind bounce from the kick-off.
BOWL QF: SCOTLAND 24-0 SPAIN
Mark Robertson finishes off a coast to coast move with a score in the corner after a fine looping pass from Andrew Turnbull. Turnbull then picks up a low pass and cuts through the Spanish lines straight from the kick off. Scotland's strength in passing is ever-present here and this time it's skipper Colin Gregor who finishes off a simple set piece move. Robertson then makes it four tries in seven brutal minutes.
Rubic's Cubes #sevenswelly http://t.co/iyzplXaGp2— Marianne B.Philipson (@Marianne B.Philipson) 08/02/2014 00:21
The Banksy costumes on show (see below) are something special, aren't they? They are well on a par with the rugby meets art set from yesterday's offering. Have your say on Twitter using #Sevens.
Wales captain James Davies: "The boys are trying really hard and it's hard to pinpoint why [we aren't performing]. It's massive we take all the Bowl points on offer."
The youngest - and toughest - #sevens fan I've seen today enters the costume comp http://t.co/qXgpyoI468— Michelle Duff (@Michelle Duff) 08/02/2014 00:18
BOWL QF: WALES 19-12 SAMOA
Out of nowhere, Samoa have produced two sizzling minutes either side of the hooter. Selu Vailea steps brilliantly to create space for the score, but crucially the conversion is missed. Wales find their rhythm thereafter, new find Iolo Evans angling out wide after an initial step inside for his second career try. It's desperate stuff at the end, Wales holding on gamely to advance.
BOWL QF: WALES 14-7 TONGA
Wales start with attacking intent. They are held up on the line inside 20 seconds but James Davies starts the ball rolling with a coast to coast try left to right. All the momentum with Wales still and Jason Harries cuts through two tackles to double the lead. At the hooter, Sosefo Ma'ake produces a deft dummy to defy Harries and he slides over under the posts.
“@DomPost: How good's this Banksy-themed #Sevens outfit? (Photo: @CameronBurnell) http://t.co/mT689xBCg5”@lizcanroar— Kate Murray (@Kate Murray) 08/02/2014 00:02
oops! At the stadium in Wn now - and its raining! Picking the winners of the 7s will be even more difficult! Might help the Pacific teams?— Keith Quinn (@Keith Quinn) 07/02/2014 23:36
We're just under 20 minutes away from our first match of the day: Wales v Tonga in the Bowl QF.
RT: @ShaneWilliams11: '@Carlin_Isles Keep up the good work my friend. Pleasure to watch! #keeponsmiling' Great to see you watching #sevens— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 07/02/2014 23:28
Actually I might root for France..don't want them to be dropped in Shield where they have great chance of winning it. #SevensWelly #France7— Eyes on France (@Eyes on France) 07/02/2014 23:33
Will we be hearing from England coach Simon Amor last thing today? Here he is ahead of his side's attempts to defend their title: "We already know we've got wonderful attacking guys who are a threat with ball in hand but I'm really pleased with the defence. We're learning a lot at the moment, we're making mistakes but we're getting better."
Fiji looking good on the first day of #wellingtonsevens but I'm not gonna count the boys in blue out yet. #GoTheManu #IRB #Sevens— Nixon Pupi (@Nixon Pupi) 07/02/2014 23:10
Will the weather prove to be a leveler @SevensWelly could suit @RugbyCanada for starters and maybe @Samoa7s #CantWait @Samurai7s— Samurai 7s (@Samurai 7s) 07/02/2014 23:13
After back-to-back wins are pre-tournament favourites South Africa on the wane? Don't bet against it! The BlitzBokke and New Zealand both suffered losses on the opening day but still managed to qualify for the knock-out stages.
The hosts won their last two games without reply. England defeated SA in the last game 19-5 and the defending champions look in fine fettle.
But there are subplots all over the field. Canada's stock has risen immesurably, Samoa look in dangerous form, while Fiji's travails in Las Vegas seem long forgotten
We're all set!
Day 2 wellington sevens #comeatme @TomKippenberger @JonCatto @toddbarry #wellingtonsevens http://t.co/cqyF4Dz6Ky— Armin Svoboda (@Armin Svoboda) 07/02/2014 23:06
.@nz7s women played at home for the first time! They're now off to the @Atlanta7s, round 2 of @irbwomens Series http://t.co/SzogGQbdCL— IRB Sevens (@IRB Sevens) 07/02/2014 23:08
Hello and welcome to live coverage of day 2 in Wellington. We start at 12am GMT with the Bowl quarter-finals before the Cup matches get under way. It's going to be another scintillating day of Sevens, so stay with us over the next nine hours!
Good to see Lomu at the Sevens. Read his book. Inspirational. Such a great ambassador.— Yvonne Grace (@Yvonne Grace) 07/02/2014 22:35
Check out all the top highlights from Day One of the @SevensWelly tournament! http://t.co/wTY0QMYbAc #welly7s #rugby— USA Sevens Rugby (@USA Sevens Rugby) 07/02/2014 16:23
It's day two of the New Zealand Sevens - follow it LIVE!
The action starts at 1pm NZ time, midnight GMT, 7pm EST.
- Defending champions England seal Cup SF spot against New Zealand
- South Africa set up Fiji Cup semi-final clash
- Wales, Scotland, Kenya and France progress to Bowl semi-finals
- Bowl final: Kenya v Scotland
- Shield final: Spain v USA
- Fancy dress - join the crowd in the stadium and dress up - tweet your pics to @irbsevens and we'll show the best on this blog
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Welcome to day two of the Wellington Sevens in New Zealand! We've got 21 thrilling matches coming your way, starting with the Quarter Finals:
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