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As we all know, Sevens is on the rise and more and more people around the globe are enjoying the game, on the pitch, in the stadium and in front of the telly. Especially since it’s Olympic introduction in 2016, the game has reached a huge audience and gained millions of new supporters.
Everyone who ever played 7s knows how tough the sport is - it's gruelling and ruthless out there on the pitch. If you reach the top level of the game you try everything to prepare for this torture. Brian O'Driscoll, former Ireland and Leinster star and one of the best-ever 15s player visited the England Sevens camp to find out why 7s athletes are among the fittest in the business.
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A packed BC Place Stadium in Vancouver helped hosts Canada to secure a place in the Cup quarter-final following two pool-stage wins against Scotland and Russia on Saturday. Only New Zealand could stop Damian MacGrath’s in a close encounter (14-15) and as a result, Canada will face series leaders South Africa today. New Zealand ended the day without a loss and will face England on day two.
The 40,000 enthusiastic fans witnessed an entertaining day of 7s not just by the home team but also by neighbours USA, who swiped through the first tournament with a clean sheet. Mike Friday’s team seem to carry over the strong performance from Las Vegas where they finished 3rd. After wins against Japan, France and Australia, the team will be challenged by Argentina in the Cup quarters.
Following an opening victory against Samoa, Argentina lost to Wales but managed to land a historic 26-24 win against Olympic champions Fiji. However, with wins over Wales and Samoa, Fiji still managed to stay in the top-end of the tournament as they will go head-to-head with Australia on day two.
Top-favourites South Africa continued their winning run with a solid start against Chile and a 15-5 win against Kenya. In the pool decider against England, both teams worked hard to get away with three points however the match resulted in a 12-12 draw, enough for South Africa to take the top spot in Pool A.
South Africa v Canada
USA v Argentina
New Zealand v England
Fiji v Australia
Kenya v Scotland
France v Samoa
Russia v Chile
Wales v Japan
Canada Sevens | Results Day 1
Canada Sevens | Fixtures Day 2
With Pool A wins over Wales, Argentina and Canada, Fiji finished day one of the Dubai Sevens in top position. Joined by South Africa, England and Australia, who also smoothed through the pool stage without a loss, the islanders qualified for the Cup quarter-finals and underlined their magnificent form. They will face France in the final eight tomorrow. South Africa, series runners-up for four years in a row, were the outstanding team in Pool B with victories over Scotland, USA and Uganda. The Blitzboks will play New Zealand in the Cup quarter-finals.
England, runners-up last year in Dubai, won the pool decider in Pool C, beating the All Blacks as well as Samoa and Russia. They will face local rivals Scotland on the second day. In Pool D Australia, under the captaincy of Sam Myers, secured wins against Japan, France and Kenya. Head coach Andy Friend's side will play Wales tomorrow.
11:00 | Fiji vs France
11:22 | England vs Scotland
11:44 | Australia vs Wales
12:06 | South Africa vs New Zealand
While the men’s team will continue tomorrow, the women’s finished the tournament today. Olympic Silver medallists New Zealand faced their archenemy Australia in the final. While the Aussies dominated the final in Rio, this time it was the Black Ferns who dominated. Tries from Portia Woodman and two from Rebekah Cordero-Tufuga were enough to seal the 17-5 win.
The Women's Sevens Series continues on the 3rd and 4th February 2017 in Sydney.
Dubai Sevens Women's | Results
Dubai Sevens Men's | Results Day 1
Dubai Sevens Men's | Fixtures Day 2
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With just eight pool matches played in the men's world series on day one it was Spain who grabbed the headlines with their first victory over Australia since Las Vegas in 2013. Pablo Feijoo’s side clinched a memorable 17-12 win over Australia, when Ignacio Martin Goenaga’s scored off the last play of the game. It was his second try of the match after Inaki Villanueva had opened their account during the first minute.
Scotland also ran in a last gasp score against England to take a narrow 22-19 victory, following over 70 seconds of phase play ending with Lee Jones going over the whitewash.
Elsewhere Fiji kept their hopes of a fourth consecutive Hong Kong title on track with a convincing 31-12 victory over Samoa, while Kenya's Willy Ambaka scored his 100th try on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series as they beat Canada 33-10.
South Africa and New Zealand both showcased the strength of their squads with 36-5 and 45-0 victories respectively over Russia and South Korea. Day two commences with Argentina, runners-up in Las Vegas and Cape Town, taking on France at 11.14am local time (GMT+8).
The men’s World Rugby Sevens Series qualifier is running parallel to the 16-team HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2018 main event. Twelve teams are battling it out with the winner taking the prestigious prize of core team status for 2019.
After two rounds of pool matches Uruguay, Ireland, Uganda and Germany all are two from two. Ireland accumulated the most points of the quartet following a 41-5 result against the Cook Islands and a 26-0 victory over Jamaica. Germany, last season's finalists in the tournament, were pushed by hosts Hong Kong before a securing a 20-point win over Zimbabwe. Jamaica and the Cook Islands will open proceedings on day two at 9.00am local time (GMT+8) with two unbeaten sides, Ireland and Uruguay, going head-to-head directly after in Pool G.
The first six matches on Saturday will decide the complexion of the Cup quarter-finals and they will finish the day at 6.18pm local time.
Hong Kong Sevens | Results Day 1
Hong Kong Sevens | Fixtures Day 2
Spain booked their spot in the Cup quarter-finals for only the second time in their history on day two at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.
Head coach Pablo Feijoo's side will face series leaders South Africa in the final eight on a sold-out Sunday in Hong Kong, their first Cup appearance since London in 2012. The Cup quarter-finals are as follows:
Fiji v Argentina - 10:58hrs (GMT+8)
South Africa v Spain - 11:20hrs
USA v New Zealand - 11:42
Kenya v Scotland - 12:07
“We are working well," said Spain captain Francisco Hernandez. "The Pool was very tough for us but to get into the Cup quarter-finals during the season makes us very happy."
The Challenge Trophy quarter-finals, that start Sunday’s order of play, will be Samoa v France, England v Australia, Wales v Russia and Canada v South Korea.
Four teams are closing in on a spot on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 after the semi-finals were confirmed in the Hong Kong qualifier.
Germany, Chile, Japan and Ireland remain in the race for a place as a core team on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019
After two days of thrilling action, just four teams remain as Germany face Chile, and Japan take on Ireland in the qualifier semi-finals on Sunday. The action will kick off at 12.32hrs (GMT+8).
The qualifier, which runs parallel to the world series event in Hong Kong, draws in sell-out crowds with the prospect of world series core team status up for grabs. The 15th placed team in the world series will be relegated at the end of the series in June and replaced with the winner of the qualifier here in Hong Kong.
Chile and Germany both made the final four last year, while Japan will be looking to bounce back after being relegated from the world series last May. Ireland however find themselves in unfamiliar territory but head coach Anthony Eddy remains cautious of opponents their opponents.
"They're a good side. They've got World Series experience as well so we'll have to be on our game tomorrow morning to compete against them."
Germany and Uganda opened the quarter-finals former overpowered their opponents. They put four tries on the board, including a brace from Marvin Dieckmann, and last season’s finalists in this competition will now face Chile for another place in the final.
Chile broke the home crowd’s hearts as they put Hong Kong out of the running for core team status next season. Benjamín De Vidts’ two scores plus a score from 90 metres helped to secure their 24-12 victory.
The other side of the draw saw Japan dominate possession against Uruguay. Josefa Lilidamu impressed both in attack and defence during their 26-12 win.
The final team to book a place in the last four were Ireland. They have conceded just ten points in the competition so far and scored after just 20 seconds in their quarter-final. John O'Donnell's try was the first of six in total.
The deciding day will kick off at 12.32pm local time (GMT+8) with the final taking place at 4.30pm. Follow the denouement of the competition on worldrugby.org and facebook.com/worldrugby.
Hong Kong Sevens | Results Day 2
Hong Kong Sevens | Fixtures Day 3
Fiji secured their second consecutive title at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens after they beat Kenya 24-12.
In a repeat of last month's final in Vancouver, Fiji ran in four tries to move within just three points of series leaders South Africa in the overall standings and take their third tournament win of the 2018 world series.
Two yellow cards in the first half for Kenya's Collins Injera and Willy Ambaka allowed the Pacific islanders to take a 17-0 lead at half-time. Despite tries from Kenya's Billy Odhiambo and Oscar Ouma in the second half, Fiji were uncatchable and cemented their reputation in Hong Kong as the team to beat.
"I'd like to thank my boys for the team effort and thank the Kenyan team for a good game,” said Fiji captain Jerry Tuwai. “Hong Kong is always special for us, we respect and honour the tradition that Fiji has with the Hong Kong Sevens."
South Africa claimed the bronze medal after beating New Zealand 29-7 and Argentina beat USA 14-12 to secure fifth. The Challenge Trophy winners were France, beating Canada 33-7.
With Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 just over 100 days away, the seedings for the tournament will be confirmed on Wednesday as excitement builds for the competition in San Francisco on July 20-22.
The world series will head to Singapore on April 28/29 after stopping by the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next weeken
Japan has been promoted to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 after beating Germany in the annual world series qualifier in Hong Kong.
After three days of pulsating action, head coach Damian Karauna’s side finished up 19-14 winners against a powerful German outfit, who have suffered their second qualifier final defeat in as many years.
The victory in front of a packed Hong Kong Stadium means Japan will become one of the 15 core teams contesting the 10-round world series, beginning next December.
“I think that it’s great for us," said Karauna. "We’ve worked really hard to get back and we’ve just got to get that consistency now and keep up with the world series teams. It means a lot and we’ve had a lot of support here which has been great for us.”
In the final, Japan crossed first before Germany took a 14-5 lead into the break after tries from Johnathon Dawe and Bastian Himmer. With less than 15-seconds left, Karauna’s team trailed 12-14 but managed to snatch the match-winner through Masahiro Nakano who finished in the corner in front of jubilant Japanese supporters.
Before joining the series they will contest the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco on July 20-22 as one of the two Asian qualifier
Hong Kong Sevens | Results Day 3
Hong Kong Sevens | Standings
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Fiji continued their march towards a fourth consecutive tournament win with a dominant display at round nine of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in London.
Current HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series leaders Fiji were sublime in the London sunshine on day one claiming three straight victories against Argentina, Scotland and New Zealand to top Pool A. The Pacific Islanders will face Pool D runners-up Canada in the first of tomorrow’s cup quarter-finals.
Hosts England finished the day in fine style in front of over 46,000 fans with a convincing 38-12 victory over Kenya to set up an exciting quarter-final against Australia with another huge crowd expected at Twickenham Stadium tomorrow. Australia impressed on day one with a perfect record of three victories over Ireland, Wales and Spain to top Pool B.
South Africa, currently lying in second place in the series standings just four points behind Fiji, finished in top spot in Pool D despite a shock defeat to Samoa after securing victories over Canada and Russia. This sets up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash against New Zealand as the All Blacks Sevens defeated Scotland and Argentina to finish as runners-up behind Fiji in Pool A.
USA topped pool C following wins over England and France and a draw with Kenya. The USA Eagles were helped on their way by top try scorer Carlin Isles who showed his pace to overtake teammate Perry Baker as leading series try scorer with an outstanding six tries on day one in London, taking his overall series tally to 41.
The story of the day came from Pool B as Ireland made history by reaching the Cup quarter-finals for the first time ever. On their first appearance in the series since 2004, Ireland clinched second place in the pool courtesy of a comprehensive 38-10 victory over Spain. The Irish attack was led by 24-year-old Jordan Conroy who impressed on his series debut with four tries on day one.
Each round of the series sees one invitational team join the 15 core teams on the world series and Ireland’s success represents the first time a non-core team has reached the quarter-finals since Japan at Las Vegas in 2016.
Tickets can be purchased on the day for tomorrow’s finals day which gets underway at 09:30 (GMT+1) at Twickenham Stadium. For ticket information click here.
Fiji v Canada
USA v Ireland
South Africa v New Zealand
Australia v England
London Sevens | Results Day 1
London Sevens | Fixtures Day 2
Fiji overcame closest rivals South Africa 21-17 in a thrilling final of the HSBC London Sevens at an exuberant Twickenham Stadium to claim their fourth successive tournament victory and extend their lead at the top of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
The result sees Fiji take a seven-point lead over South Africa in the standings going into the 10th and final round of the series in Paris from 8-10 June.
Invitational team Ireland created history by beating hosts England 21-19 to claim the bronze medal with a last gasp try from the outstanding Jordan Conroy, his eighth of the tournament, followed by a stunning conversion from the side-line by Mark Roche.
Fiji had seen off Ireland in the semi-finals by a margin of 38-12, while South Africa reached the final courtesy of a 29-19 semi-final victory over England.
Over 81,000 fans were in attendance across the weekend and were treated to a sun-soaked showcase of exciting rugby sevens action as Fiji continued their recent unstoppable form.
Fiji captain Jerry Tuwai was delighted with the victory: “I’m really happy with the boys today. It is always a pleasure to play in London and we are really blessed with all the Fijian supporters here. The victory means a lot to us, as a team and as a nation. Our goal was to come here and lift the London cup and we did. Our next goal is to win the world series so we will regroup and be ready to go again next week. We are really excited about Paris.”
Tuwai’s team mate Semi Radradra won the HSBC Player of the Final award and after receiving his medal from World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont, said: “I found it tough today but I got help from the boys and was hanging in there. I know we trust each other and finally we got the win.”
Earlier in the day New Zealand secured fifth place with a comprehensive 26-5 victory over USA, while Kenya beat Wales 33-19 to finish in ninth position and lift the Challenge trophy.
Meanwhile the series said goodbye to referee Craig Joubert who brought down the curtain on a stellar match official career as the Rugby World Cup 2011 final referee took charge of this 200th and last sevens series match with the Fiji v Ireland semi-final. Joubert will continue his involvement with the game as World Rugby Sevens Referee Coach.
Attention now turns to the final round of both the men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Paris from 8-10 June. With only seven points separating the top two in the men’s standings, and Australia leading arch rivals New Zealand by just four points in the women’s standings, it promises to be an exciting finale to the series
London Sevens | Results Day 2
World Sevens Series | Standings
The stage is set for an exhilarating finale to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series on Sunday as the top two teams in the standings, Fiji and South Africa, successfully secured their places in the quarter-finals at the 10th and final round in Paris.
England will take on Fiji, while South Africa face Spain, Ireland play Canada and New Zealand are drawn against USA in what promises to be a hotly contested quarter-final line-up.
Series leaders Australia will play Fiji while New Zealand, who are in hot pursuit in the race for the series title, will face Spain as the quarter final line-up was confirmed after an action packed first day of competition at the Stade Jean Bouin in Paris.
In the other quarter-finals hosts France take on England, while Canada against USA completes the line-up.
With Australia leading rivals New Zealand by just four points in the standings, the stage is set for an epic climax to the series. The two dominant teams find themselves on different sides of the quarter-final draw meaning they could meet in the final. A silver medal in Paris would be enough to secure the series title for Australia.
Both nations recorded perfect records on day one with three straight victories to top their groups. Australia began with a 24-10 victory against Fiji, followed by a tense 24-20 defeat of Russia and finished the day with a convincing 31-14 win over Canada. New Zealand started the day with a hard fought 24-12 win over England, before beating Wales 54-7 and completing the day with a solid 17-0 defeat of Ireland.
In front of an enthusiastic crowd hosts France showed their dominance to record three wins out of three with crowd pleasing victories over USA (14-5), Spain (20-0) and Japan (26-17). France are currently third in the series standings and will be hoping to secure a place on the podium on home turf.
Invitational team Wales created a moment of history by scoring their first ever try on their first series world series appearance against Ireland, despite going down to a 24-5 defeat.
The fifth and final round of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series 2018 sees three days of intense rugby sevens action in a combined event with the men’s series finale.
The men’s tournament begins on Saturday 9 June with Australia taking on Wales in the first game of the day at 09:00 local time (GMT+2). A large crowd is expected as the women’s action returns to the pitch at 15:02 local time (GMT+2).
Paris Sevens | Results Day 1
Paris Sevens | Fixtures Day 2
New Zealand finished the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in style with a convincing 33-7 win over rivals Australia in the final of the HSBC Women’s Paris Sevens to take the gold medal.
Both teams had reason to celebrate at the final whistle as the silver medal in Paris means Australia secure the overall series crown by virtue of their consistency across the series, finishing on the podium in each of the five rounds. Australia finished the series with 92 points, ahead of New Zealand on 90.
Hosts France claimed the series bronze medal despite being defeated 17-10 by Canada in the third-place play-off match in Paris.
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Day 1 | Summary
Australia, South Africa, England and Fiji win all three pool matches on day one of the Singapore Sevens 2018.
New Zealand, Samoa, Kenya and Spain second in their sections after two victories.
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Fiji secured a third consecutive tournament victory on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series after a dramatic 28-21 victory over Australia in the Cup final.
Fiji’s 28-22 victory over Australia in the final of the HSBC Singapore Sevens saw the Pacific Islanders secure their third consecutive title on this year’s World Series.
Australia qualified for the Cup quarter-finals of the HSBC Sydney Sevens after a sunny first day of action, while England, Wales and New Zealand stayed unbeaten in the pool stage.
The Australians will face Wales in just their second Cup quarter-final of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2016-17. Wales topped their pool after a magnificent win against Fiji, thanks to a hat-trick from Morgan Williams.
England recovered well from last week’s disappointing performance. Three out of three wins, including one over series leaders South Africa and with Dan Norton becoming the second highest try scorer of all-time, England created a dream start to the tournament. They will face Argentina in the Cup quarter-finals on day two of the men's event.
New Zealand will play Fiji after they managed three victories against Scotland, Papua New Guinea and hosts Australia. USA will challenge South Africa in the Cup quarter-finals. The Americans lost to Russia in the opening game but won the remaining matches against Canada and Argentina.
Meanwhile, Kenya will play Russia, Scotland face Samoa, Canada meet Japan and France take on Papua New Guinea in the Challenge Trophy quarter-finals on Sunday.
ENGLAND v ARGENTINA
NEW ZEALAND v FIJI
USA v SOUTH AFRICA
WALES v AUSTRALIA
While the men’s tournament continues on Sunday, the women’s competition finished with a breath taking final and a number of great surprises. Olympic Bronze winners Canada beat rivals USA 21-17 to claim their third tournament win, in front of a packed house at the Allianz Stadium.
After a disappointing performance in Dubai, USA shocked New Zealand to reach the final, while Canada overcame top-favourites Australia 12-7 in the second semi-final of the day.
Meanwhile, on a day of shock results, Brazil beat England 17-12 to claim the Challenge Trophy as New Zealand went on to beat their rivals Australia to claim the bronze medal on Saturday.
In the overall standings, New Zealand is now, with 36 points, four points ahead of Australia (32) followed by Canada (30 pts) and Fiji (24 pts). Click here for the full standings.
Cup Final | USA 17 - 21 CAN
Bronze Final | NZL 19 - 0 AUS
Challenge Trophy | ENG 12 -17 BRA
Sydney Sevens Men's | Results Day 1
Sydney Sevens Men's | Fixtures Day 2
Sydney Sevens Women's | Results Day 2
At the opening day of the Sydney Sevens, hosts Australia, Olympic silver medallists New Zealand and Russia remained unbeaten. The second round of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series kicked off early this Friday at the Allianz Stadium.
England’s women disappointed on day one after they failed to qualify for the Cup quarter-finals for the first time ever. James Bailey’s team lost to Russia and USA in their respective Pool C and have to compete for the Challenge Trophy on Saturday. England will face Papua New Guinea in the early hours of the second tournament day.
Ireland and Fiji both qualified for the quarter-finals together with France, New Zealand and Canada.
New Zealand v France
Ireland v USA
Australia v Fiji
Russia v Canada
You can follow the Sydney Sevens women's tournament live here.
Sydney Sevens Women's | Results Day 1
Sydney Sevens Women's | Fixtures Day 2
They’ve done it again! South Africa underlined their hot-favourite status with the third tournament win this season, following a 29-14 win against England in the final of the Sydney Sevens.
The Blitzboks played in all four finals of the HSBC Sevens World Series 2016/17. They faced England for the second time in a final this season and while England managed to beat South Africa on their home ground in December, this time it was all about the men in green.
Once again it was Seabelo Senatla who led the team with an incredible performance throughout the past two days. This was the last tournament for the HSBC Player of the Final as Senatla will join Super Rugby franchise Stormers.
Tries from captain Philip Snyman, Senatla and Justin Geduld went unanswered in the first half plus another one from Geduld in the second half sealed the game early. England captain Tom Mitchell as well as Dan Norton scored in the second half but it was too little too late.
Meanwhile, New Zealand beat Australia to claim bronze while Russia walked away with the Challenge Trophy in Sydney after beating France, 26-0.
After four rounds, South Africa leads the table with 85 points, followed by England (68 pts), Fiji (64 pts) and New Zealand (56 pts).
The series now moves to Las Vegas next month for the fifth round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, which again joins up with the women's series.
Cup Final | South Africa 29 - 14 England
Bronze Final | New Zealand 29 - 14 Australia
Challenge Trophy | Russia 26 - 0 France
Sydney Sevens | Results Day 2
On day one of the USA Sevens, Fiji was one of six unbeaten teams. The islanders are staying on track to win a third consecutive tournament in Las Vegas. Fiji however, is still in search for the first tournament win this season, but two convincing victories over Japan and Scotland in Pool D made clear that Gareth Baber's side is in strong form.
Beside Fiji, hosts USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and England all recorded two wins from two as well.
Series leaders South Africa traveled with the confidence of two back-to-back tournament wins to the USA and showed strong performances including a 26-7 win over Canada and a 24-0 win over France. The French started off strongly with a 33-7 win over Wales, who were later beaten by Damian McGrath's Canada side when Mike Fuailefau scored a late try to the delight of the large pockets of Canadian fans in the stands.
Hosts USA demonstrated once again their ambitions to win the first title on home soil with a 26-5 win over Samoa and a 31-0 victory against South American side Chile. New Zealand dominated Pool C with wins against Kenya and Russia. Argentina, started their campaign strongly beating Russia 43-0 but just drew against Kenya in their final day one match.
Australia also had a strong opening tournament day with a 28-21 win over Scotland and a 19-12 success against Japan in Pool D setting up the pool decider against Fiji on day two.
While the men's still have an outstanding round of pool matches ahead, the women's will head into the quarterfinals on the second day of the USA Sevens. Canada and New Zealand go into the Cup quarter-finals unbeaten after some imposing performances. England failed to progress from the pool stage once again and will now play for the Challenge trophy.
Current series champions Australia also qualified for the Cup quarter-finals despite losing to New Zealand. Fiji lost to the hosts USA in their final pool match but managed to beat Spain and Ireland earlier. With the two wins, Fiji booked a quarter-final encounter against Australia, while Ireland will face USA on the final day.
CANADA v FRANCE
FIJI v AUSTRALIA
USA v IRELAND
NEW ZEALAND v RUSSIA
USA Sevens Men's | Results and Fixtures
USA Sevens Women's | Results and Fixtures
Is this the year for USA? The hosts are on course to secure their first ever tournament win in Las Vegas after beating Argentina 21-19 in the Cup quarter-finals of the HSBC USA Sevens in Las Vegas.
However, USA will face a tough task as they go head-to-head with series leaders South Africa in the semi-final. On the other side of the draw Fiji will play New Zealand.
South Africa had to produce a big performance against Australia to get another semi-final spot. A late try from speedster Rosko Specman proved crucial as the Blitzboks won 17-14 against Australia.
Back-to-back series champions Fiji faced Canada in their quarter-final and delivered a convincing five-try performance to win 31-12 against head coach Damian McGrath's side.
Meanwhile, New Zealand outclassed an England side that only recently made the final at the HSBC Sydney Sevens, winning 19-0.
The Challenge Trophy semi-finals will feature France v Kenya and Scotland v Samoa.
At the women’s tournament of the USA Sevens, which came to an end on Saturday, New Zealand won the final 28-5 against Gold medallists Australia with a brilliant performance. New Zealand took the lead in the table after three tournaments finishing a perfect weekend.
In the bronze final, Canada won the battle of North America, beating USA 31-7 much to the disappointment of around 30,000 home fans packed into Sam Boyd Stadium.
In the Challenge Trophy, Spain beat England 10-0 in the final.
Half-way through the series, the teams will meet again on 22nd of April in Kitakyushu, Japan.
USA Sevens Women's | Results
USA Sevens Men's | Fixtures
Admittedly, it was rather disappointing to follow the first day of the Wellington Sevens, witnessing a 34,500 seater that looked empty. Considering that tickets for this tournament used to be the most popular in town, the organisers seemed to struggle with ticket sales this year. Stricter rules on alcohol consumption and an attempt to make the event more family-friendly didn’t attract the desired numbers. Officially, around 10.000 people visited the tournament on Saturday. Hopefully, numbers will pick up again on the second day and in future, because the Wellington Sevens are one of the most prestigious stops on the circuit.
Whereas the atmosphere off the pitch was nowhere near the usual party bash that we all love, the quality on the pitch didn’t let anyone down. Hosts New Zealand went, as expected, unbeaten through day one. The big surprise though came from Canada. The North-Americans won all three of their pool games against Wales, Scotland and Russia to set up a quarter-final against Argentina on Sunday.
In the "Pool of death", current series leaders South Africa beat Fiji, Australia and Japan. Besides New Zealand, South Africa and Canada, England also remained unbeaten as they overcame Papua New Guinea (40-0), Argentina (26-7) and Kenya (31-12).
The Cup quarter-finals on Sunday see England play Scotland, New Zealand face Fiji, Canada take on Argentina, while South Africa play France.
Day 2 of the Wellington Sevens starts tomorrow at 11.00am local time (22.00 UK time). You can follow all matches on Sky Sports or here.
Wellington Sevens | Results Day 1
Wellington Sevens | Fixtures Day 2
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