Live Updates: 2019 Hamilton Sevens, Day Two

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8:36pm - That will do us- Fiji make it back-to-back titles in NZ with a 38-0 demolition of USA.

8:26pm - Tuwai scoops up a loose ball and goes 90 metres to stick another dagger in the Americans' hearts. 31-0.

8:23pm - Naduva now for Fiji and the lead has snowballed to 24-0.

8:19pm - Tuimaba nabs another for Fiji and they take an imposing 17-0 lead into the half.

8:15pm - Nacuqu over in the corner to push Fiji out to a 10-0 lead.

8:13pm - Jerry Tuwai gets Fiji off to a flyer, finishing a deftly-worked move to put his side ahead 5-0 early.

8:05pm - Here we go, it's final time between Fiji and USA. No prizes for guessing who The Tron crowd is behind.

7:55pm - Final score an emphatic 31-0 for the Black Ferns Sevens as they claim the Fast Four title.

7:45pm - Black Ferns Sevens up 12-0 over France at the half.

7:39pm - The Fast Four final between NZ and France is off to a flyer, with world women's player of the year Michaela Blyde putting the hosts up 7-0 early.

7:30pm - Sam Dickson runs in one last try for NZ to seal a 29-7 victory and a bronze medal for the All Blacks Sevens.

7:27pm - Pinpoint Gregory skip pass puts Ravouvou over with ease, and that's likely the nail in the SA coffin. 24-7 with 1:20 to play.

7:26pm - Ng Shiu makes a key defensive steal and and NZ counter. SA defender makes a late tackle after the Knewstubb chip ahead and he cops a yellow card for his troubles.

7:24pm - Ng Shiu gets his double after a well-worked NZ movement and the hosts push to a 19-7 advantage.

7:20pm - NZ pinch a try with the first half clock expired to take a 14-7 lead into the interval.

7:16pm - Ng Shiu responds immediately for NZ. Conversion ties the scores at 7-7 with just a minute to play in the first half.

7:15pm - Soyizwapi scores off a short ball from close range to put South Africa ahead 7-0 after three minutes of play.

7:10pm - The All Blacks Sevens in action for the last time this weekend - the bronze medal playoff against South Africa is underway.

7:05pm - The England women beat China 24-7.

6:50pm - Scotland's Robbie Ferguson's hat-trick sees the northerners home 24-19 over Samoa.

6:45pm - Samoa captain David Afamasag acores to put his side ahead 14-12.

6:40pm - Scotland take a 12-7 edge into halftime.

6:25pm - It's Gordon Tietjens' Samoa taking on Scotland next in the playoff for fifth.

6:18pm - The English do it comfortably in the end, blowing kenya out to the tune of 36-7 to secure the Challenge Trophy. 

6:08pm - England take a 19-7 advantage into halftime.

6:02pm - Kenya and England are underway in the final of the Challenge Trophy, with the English taking an early 7-0 lead.

5:25pm - Tonga have overcome France 33-10 to take 13th place, an encouraging result for the Pacific Islanders, who have been missing from the IRB circuit for the past five years.

4:56pm - From the breakdown, Isles rockets away from the NZ defence to secure a final spot for the Americans, 17-7.

That's a demonstration of why they're on top of the table. New Zealand will rue that yellow card and must now play off for third against South Africa.

Well done, USA.

4:54pm - All Blacks back to full strength and the feed into a lineout. Just as they're building momentum, they lose the ball forward.

4:52pm - USA immediatley take advantage of their advantage, with Stephen Tomasin crossing for the try. USA 12-7.

4:51pm - Two blasts on the whistle and Vilimoni Kori has dumped an American player on his head. That's a yellow card and New Zealand will struggle from here.

4:46pm - The Americans knock on and that's half-time, with the All Blacks ahead in a tightly contested 7-5 semi. Just the conversion the difference right now.

4:43pm - Regan Ware intercepts a looping pass and barely outsprints Carlin Isles to score in the smothering tackle. The conversion puts New Zealand in front, 7-5.

4:42pm - New Zealand on the back foot and conceding a five-metre scrum with a horrible pass. Madison Hughes breaks from the scrum to score for USA, 5-0.

4:35pm - Tuimaba has his second try to complete the scoring at 29-7. Fiji are in their third straight final and will now defend their title against either New Zealand or the USA, who are up next.

4:34pm - Finally, Selvyn Davids puts a chip kick behind the Fijian defence and the bounce is kind. He scores, but it's too little, too late.

Fiji 24-7.

4:32pm - After several phases of possession, South Africa seem to have an overlap, but the final pass is put down and a chance is squandered.

4:30pm - Fiji show great patience. They're held up over the South African line, but from the ensuing scrum, they hold and offload for Waisea Nacuqu to score out wide.

Fiji 24-0.

4:25pm - Aminiasi Tuimaba bumps off defenders on the way to his try and a Fiji 14-0 lead. South Africa go down a man for a dangerous tackle and they can't keep Vilimoni Botitu out before half-time.

Fiji 19-0, it's a long way back for South Africa from here.

4:15pm - Fiji are chasing a third successive IRB NZ Sevens final. They win a lineout in their own 22 and Kalione Nasoko powers the length of the field to score, arriving at the line just before Werner Kok runs him down. Fiji 7-0.

4:07pm - Marice Longbottom scores to give the Aussies a sniff of victory, but Jamie Farndale is over to seal the deal for Scotland, 24-14. They will play Samoa for fifth place.

Now, the championship semi-finals, with Fiji vs South Africa - last year's final - first up.

4:01pm - After conceding the opening try, the Scots have dominated this contest, running in tries to Max McFarland, Robbie Ferguson and McFarland again to take a 19-7 lead.

3:45pm - Samoa seem to be dominating this encounter, until Canada score consecutive second-half tries to pull within two points. Danny Tusitala crosses for Samoa to clinch the 28-19 win though.

They will now face either Australia or Scotland, up next, for fifth place.

3:22pm - France run in three second-half tries to overpower England 24-12 and earn a final spot against New Zealand. These two teams met in the final of last year's World Cup tournament and also at the Youth Olympics, so a nice rivalry developing between them.

Remember, France beat the world champion Black Ferns in the 15s format last year too.

Now, Samoa and Canada play off in the men's fifth-place semis.

3:12pm - England and France are locked 5-5 at half-time, as they play off to face New Zealand in the women's 'fast four' final.

3pm - Michaela Blyde is also into the game and runs in the final try of a 41-0 win over China. They will now face either England or France in the 'fast four' final.

2:58pm - Stacey Waaka is off the bench and shows patience to create a third try for Saili, who is subbed off afterwards. NZ 34-0. 

2:57pm - Baker has her second try to take the Black Ferns out to 27-0. China are down a player, after some time-wasting.

2:54pm - Wow, a loose pass in their own half has New Zealand on the back foot, but Gayle Broughton tidies up the ball, and simply turns and sprints the length of the field to score untouched. NZ 22-0.

2:50pm - After the half-time hooter, Saili has her second try, thanks to a couple of delightful touches from Ruby Tui to free the ball from contact. NZ 15-0.

2:48pm - Shakira Baker goes 50 metres, showing deceptive pace to beat the Chinese for the second try. NZ 10-0.

2:46pm - Alena Saili scores the opening try for New Zealand on the end of a back-line move, receiving the ball 20 metres out and outflanking the Chinese defence. NZ 5-0.

2:43pm - Weather has turned a little sour with some rain in Hamilton.

New Zealand have started a relatively inexperienced line-up against China and they're taking some time to find continuity.

2:40pm - Unbeaten Black Ferns Sevens are now up against winless China in their final 'fast four' preliminary encounter.

New Zealand accounted for England and France yesterday, and those same two teams beat China.

2:35pm - Dan Norton has two tries, taking his tally to 310 over his 79-tournament career, as England emerge 38-7 winners over Spain.

They're starting to hit their straps, after surprisingly dropping their opener against Samoa yesterday. They now take on Kenya in the Challenge final.

2:24pm - England get a penalty and kick to touch with time up in the first half. They're a man down, but all six remaining players join the lineout and drive over for a 19-7 advantage at the break.

This weekend, James Rodwell has set a record with his 90th IRB tournament appearance, more than any other player. He has one of England's three tries in the first half.  

2:14pm - Kenya run all over Argentina 24-7 and show their infectious fun-loving attitude in the process, dancing in celebration of their tries. Jacob Ojee has two tries.

They now face the winners of Spain vs England, up next, in the Challenge final.

1:49pm - Wales score the opening two tries in this encounter, but from there, it's all France. They lock up the scores 14-14 at half-time and then run in three second-half tries - two to Gabriel Ngandebe - to eventually prevail 35-19.

That's 35 unanswered points, before the consolation try.

Now, Argentina face Kenya in the Challenge semi-finals.

1:33pm - After this morning's quarter-finals, New Zealand's Sione Molia has snuck onto the bottom of the 'impact player' leaderboard with 29 points, just four behind leader Alejandro Alonso of Spain.

1:28pm - After a five-year absence from the circuit, Tonga secure their first win 31-7 over Japan, with Potolaka Maake grabbing two tries. They now playoff for 13th place against the winners of the next game between France and Wales.

1:01pm - There's a great stat - Scotland are the only team to come back from a half-time deficit to win at this tournament, against France in yesterday's opening game.

They won't do that this time though, after they are penalised for taking a defender out off the ball. USA hold on to win 19-14 and now face New Zealand in the semis.

Next game up is Japan vs Tonga, both looking for their first win of the tournament.

12:59pm - Scotland show good continuity to get another try and close within a try of victoy. This could yet be an upset with two minutes remaining.

USA 19-14.

12:52pm - Robbie Fergusson scores to pull a try back for Scotland on half-time. USA 19-7.

12:49pm - USA have scored three tries already and Scotland have barely touched the ball. The Americans have really become a force at this game and even without speedster Perry Baker, they're too speedy for the Scots.

They're on top of the IRB series table for a reason.

12:43pm - Australia get another try in the final seconds to close within 24-17, but that's full-time. NZ will now await the winners between USA and Scotland.

12:41pm - Lewis Holland scores in the corner for the Aussies, but it's too late to steal the win. NZ 24-10, with a few seconds left.

12:37pm - Collier makes a powerful burst up field and when he's tackled, the ball spreads to Tim Mikkelson, who weaves throught he defence to score. NZ 24-5.

12:35pm - Australia are over for their first try of the game through Simon Kennewell. Refs go to video to confirm the put-down, but it's good.

NZ 17-5.

12:31pm - Sam Dixon has broken his nose big time - he'll be able to smell around corners for a while.

Nareki scoots down the right touch-line and seems set to score in the corner, but is bundled into touch as the half-time hooter sounds.

But New Zealand win the lineout against the throw and the ball is spun left to Regan Ware for another try heading into the break. NZ 17-0. 

12:26pm - Jona Nareki skids over the line in a couple of tackles, but is ruled to have grounded safely. NZ 10-0 and Australia are back to full strength.

12:25pm - Australia are reduced to six players for knocking on deliberately in a tackle just metres out from their line. Dylan Collier takes advantage to power over for the opening try.

NZ 5-0. 

12:20pm - South Africa prevail 28-17 to advance to the semis, where they will take on Fiji in a rematch of last year's final.

Now, New Zealand face Australia.

12:16pm - South Africa have really put their foot on the gas in the second half, running in tries to Dewald Human and Werner Kok to take control 21-12.

12:08pm - Samoa have stormed to a 12-7 half-time lead over the Blitz Bokke, with Alatasi Tupou sprinting away for their second try.

11:55am - Josua Vakurunabili scores to wrap up a 33-7 win for Fiji over Canada.

By comparison, New Zealand beat the North Americans 49-10 yesterday in pool play - just saying.

Fiji now await the winners of the next match between South Africa and Samoa.

11:50am - Fiji have run in three converted tries to lead 21-7 at the break.

Aminiasi Tuimaba scores his second try of the match early in the second half, also converted, to put the win out of reach for Canada.

11:35am - The Fijian fans are already full of voice this morning, as their team run out against Canada. 

The defending champions have been rampant this weekend - but not quite as rampant as the home team. They waste no time in scoring their first try through Meli Derenalagi.

Fiji 7-0.

11:23am - Perhaps the biggest surprise this weekend has been the performance of the England team, which failed to make the quarter-finals after an opening loss to Samoa.

They've bounced back this morning with a 21-5 win over France, with tries to Richard de Carpentier, Dan Norton and Ryan Olowofela, all converted by Dan Bibby.

They now face Spain in the Challenge semis.

Here comes the first of the Cup quarter-finals between Fiji and Canada.

11:02am - Spain have accounted for former world champions Wales 19-10 to advance to the Challenge semi-finals. JM Carrion has a brace of tries.

They now await the winners of the next match - England vs France - while hapless Wales, will take on the losers.

10:42am - They may be out of contention, but these two teams have turned on a cracking game, with Tonga locking up the scores at 12-12 with two minutes left, but Kenya's Johnstone Olindi crossing for his second try in the final minute to clinch the win.

Kenya 19-12. They move on to face Argentina in the Challenge semi-finals.

Now, Spain vs Wales. 

10:18am - The Argentinians have opened the day with a convincing 35-0 romp over Japan - remember, New Zealand put 50 on the Japanese yesterday. 

Mateo Carreras added a double to his tryscoring record this weekend.

Next up, Kenya vs Tonga.

9:58am - Here's the schedule for today's quarter-finals...

11:36am Fiji vs Canada
11:58am South Africa vs Samoa
12:20pm NZ vs Australia
12:42pm USA vs Scotland

But first up this morning, Argentina take on Japan.

9:52am - Some early news from the NZ camp - co-captain Scott Curry has been ruled out for today's play and has been replaced by Northland's Scott Gregory on the roster.

Curry injured an ankle yesterday and sat out the final pool game against Spain last night.

In his absence, Sione Molia will join Tim Mikkelson as co-captain.


Kia ora, good morning and welcome to live updates from the Hamilton Sevens at FMG Stadium in Waikato.

Day two of the event sees all 16 teams in action, with the Challenge and Cup finals scheduled.

The Hamilton Sevens is the third leg for the 2018/19 season, with events staged in Dubai and Cape Town late last year.

The Kiwis won the first leg in Dubai and then finished fourth in South Africa. They've not won the New Zealand title since 2016 when the tournament was based in Wellington.

Fiji are the defending New Zealand Sevens champions, after beating South Africa 27-17 in last year's final.

New Zealand face Australia in the quarter-finals at 12:20pm and if they win that, they'll meet either the USA or Scotland in semi-finals at 4:38pm. If they lose, they'll play the fifth-place semi-final at 3:48pm.

The final will kick-off at 8:10pm.

The Black Ferns Sevens meanwhile will face China at 2:48pm, with the final to take place later in the day.

For a full list of matches, click here.

TAB Odds: Fiji $1.91, NZ $2.80, South Africa $8, USA $10, Australia $26, Scotland $41, Samoa $67, Canada $176

Pre-day banter: All Blacks Sevens unbeaten on Day One in Hamilton

The All Blacks Sevens have emerged unbeaten from pool play at the IRB NZ Sevens in Hamilton, retaining their clean sheet with a 24-0 win over Spain.

They qualify atop Pool D and will meet Australia - runners-up in Pool C - in the quarter-finals at 12:20pm Sunday.

Needing to stay within 16 points to progress, the Spanish defence held tough through the first half, finally conceding a try to Dylan Collier after time had expired.

But they wilted in the second period, as Tim Mikkelson, Sione Molia and Kurt Baker all crossed for tries, denying their opponents a spot in the quarters on points differential.

Spain paid for a brain explosion in their tournament opener against Canada, when Juan Pedro Ramos kicked the ball out at full-time, his team still looking for the try that would break at 12-12 draw.

New Zealand took the field without co-captain Scott Curry, who sat out with an ankle injury.   

Earlier, the All Blacks Sevens showed their dominance with wins over Japan (52-0) and Canada (49-10), running in 15 tries. 

They've not won the New Zealand title since 2016, when the tournament was based in Wellington, with Fiji the defending champions.

Meanwhile, the Black Ferns Sevens began their 'fast four' exhibition format with a 19-7 win over England and followed it up with a 24-5 over France, but also lost captain Sarah Hirini with what appeared to be an ankle injury.

They next take on winless China at 2:42pm Sunday.