Live Updates: 2020 Hamilton Sevens, Day Two

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Thanks for joining us this weekend. We can now look forward to the Sydney Sevens next week, where the NZ sides will try to extend their winning run on the world series.

9:19pm - NZ 27 France 5

After the siren sounds, Curry secures his hat-trick and New Zealand celebrate their double victory at the Hamilton Sevens - a timely return to dominance, with the Tokyo Olympics looming.

"The French have that flare, they're a team on the rise," says Tim Mikkelson. "But everything we do, we work for each other.

"To play in front of our families is special and win is even better."

McGarvey-Black is named Player of the Final. New Zealand open a 15-point lead at the top of the world serie stable, while France are now tied with South Africa in second.

9:17pm - NZ 22 France 5

And that will clinch it! From an attacking lineout, Collier puts Curry across out wide.

9:15pm - NZ 17 France 5

McGarvey-Black leaps acrobatically to keep a French touchfinder in play and New Zealand capitalise, making ground down the right and setting Ware loose for his second try of the match.

That could be the matchwinner.

9:13pm - Curry throws a long pass to McGarvey-Black, who dives over in the corner, but linesman rules forward pass. Laugel rejoins play for France. 

9:08pm - NZ 12 France 5

With time up in the first half, Laugel is yellow-carded for a neck-roll tackle and Regan Ware scores out wide against the short-handed defence.

Officials check his feet against the touch-line, but he manages to force the ball before going out.

That's two yellow cards and two tries conceded by a team that enters the final with two players already suspended out of the match.

9:04pm - NZ 7 France 5

Down the left, Remi Siega makes ground out wide and rolls the ball along the ground to Tavite Veredamu for the try, which goes unconverted.

Joe Webber leaves the field with an injury.

9:01pm - NZ 7 France 0

From a penalty in front of their posts, France lose a man for offside and Scott Curry takes advantage for the opening try.

8:54pm - New Zealand enjoy a 3-2 winning edge over France in the last five meetings and they won the last tournament in Cape Town. France were third at Cape Town and currently sit third on the world series rankings.

Regardless of this result, the All Blacks will open up a gap on South Africa, who started the weekend tied for the lead, but slumped to 10th place here.

Next up - NZ v France in the men's final

8:47pm - NZ 24 Canada 7

From the restart, Fluhler secures a loose ball and simply sprints away for the icing on the cake.

The whistle sounds and the Black Ferns celebrate victory in the first women's world series tournament on home soil.

"This is massive," confirms captain Sarah Hirini. "We've been training for this for so long - this is everything."

Fluhler is named Player of the Final. New Zealand extend their series lead over Australia to 12 points, while Canada pass USA for thid on the table.

8:46pm - NZ 19 Canada 7

And that could be the matchwinner for New Zealand, with Fluhler tying up the defence on the left and finding Niall Williams running off her shoulder for a straight dash to the line.

8:40pm - NZ 12 Canada 7

From the restart, Blyde has her second try, taking advantage of a short-handed defensive line, as a Canadian player writhes in backplay.

Opponents are finding Blyde's speed and footwork difficult to contain.

8:37pm - NZ 7 Canada 7

New Zealand survive Tui's absence and pour on the pressure, finally cracking the Canadian defence with time expired in the first half. Michaela Blyde scores the try, converted by Tayla Nathan-Wong.

8:32pm - Canada 7 NZ 0

Brittany Benn opens the scoring for Canada, after chasing a kick through and catching Fluhler in posession. Ruby Tui is yellow-carded for a high tackle, so NZ are short-handed.

8:20pm - Canada lost to the Black Ferns at Dubai in their previous finals appearance this season, while New Zealand will extend their lead at the top of the world series table, regardless of this result.

Next up - New Zealand v Canada in the women's final

8:12pm - Australia complete the task their women could not, with Henry Hutchison grabbed a second-half try double, en route to a comprehensive 33-21 win and third place. 

England grab a couple of consolation tries to Ollie Lindsay-Hague to save some face, but the Aussies will have medals on their national holiday.

8:06pm - Within seconds of the kick-off, England open the scoring with a converted try to Alfie Johnson. 

But Lachie Anderson shows great strength to carry three tacklers over the line for Australia's first try, also converted, to level the score,Rod Davies shows his speed to put them ahead and Josh Turner gives them a 21-7 margin before the break.

Next up - England v Australia for the men's bronze medal

7:55pm - France achieve their best result on the world series this season, beating the Olympic champions 19-14 for third at Hamilton.

Soon after halftime, the Aussies are reduced to six players and France extend their lead, through a try from Coralie Bertrand. Australia have a consolation try to Demi Hayes, but their fate is sealed.

7:43pm - The French are making every post a winner here, with converted tries to Lina Guerin and Shannon Izar opening a double-figure lead, before Faith Nathan gets one back before halftime, closing to 14-7.

7:36pm - Australia women have missed out on their second final so far this season and finished outside the medals in Dubai, so their Olympic title defence looks shaky at this stage.

France have finished fourth-fifth-fourth in the three previous tournaments, so a win here would represent another step up for them.

Up next - The women's bronze medal match - Australia v France. 

7:20pm - USA open the scoring in the second half, but they Unufe is sent off on the kick-off, a yellow card for tacking the player in the air. 

Canada hit back through Phil Berna to extend their lead. Final score, 28-7 to Canada! Who saw that coming?

7:10pm - A dominant half from Canada! They do well to keep the ball nearly the whole time and commit little errors - they lead 21-0. 

Up next - Canada v USA for fifth. 

6:59pm - Really good comeback from Argentina, they score 12-straight points to claim the 19-17 win. 

6:47pm - Kenya take the lead into the half tie break, three tries to one and they lead 17-7.

Up next - Kenya v Argentina.

6:36pm - Fiji finally find the line, with one minute to go, Kavekini Tabu breaks through to score and they take the lead - they then score after the final whistle to take the win and ninth spot. 12-5.

6:24pm - Pretty average quality of sevens to be fair, the Olympic champs and the current world champs are in for a close match, 5-0 South Africa at the break. 

Up next - Fiji v South Africa... for ninth....

6:13pm - It was a great game from the outset and the second half was no different - but Scotland survive to win 24-19. 

6:02pm - It's been a really good game so far! Four tries, two each, 12-12... we have a cracker here. 

Up next - Ireland v Scotland

5:50pm - Once again! Spain score on the cusp of the final whistle to claim the win, what a game and the European nation get the win. 19-15. 

5:40pm - Lovely pass and Spain have the final say of the first half, they score and lead 12-10. 

Up next - Spain v Japan.

5:30pm - Full time, Samoa win to take 15th - 21-7. 

5:19pm - It's a tie here at half time, one try all - 7-7. 

Next up - Samoa v Wales for men's 15th

5:05pm - As Australia desperately try to gain possession for a match-winning try, Longbottom earns his second yellow and an automatic red card, and New Zealand hang on 17-14 to progress to the final.

They will face France, while Australia take on England in the third-place playoff.

4:59pm - Still a man up, New Zealand get the ball wide for Collier to score, unconverted - 17-14.

4:58pm - The All Blacks score first after the break, when Longbottom is sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on and Ware stretches out for a try, converted by McGarvey-Black for 14-12.

4:55pm - New Zealand are looking vulnerable here, trailling the Aussies 14-5 at halftime, after tries to Malouf and Hutchison. Their passing has been wayward and they've fallen off tackles at crucial times.

Next up - NZ v Australia in the other men's semi

4:44pm - France progress to the final, after finally breaking down the English defence for Bouhraoua to score in the final minute for a 10-5 win. That's their first-ever world series final.

4:33pm - France and England are locked at 5-5 midway through their semi, after Remi Siega opened the scoring with an unconverted try and Mike Ellery matched that effort just before the break.

Next up - England v France in the men's semis

4:23pm - The French take the lead, when Stacey Fluhler is yellow-carded for a mid-air collision and Tyla Nathan-Wong is marched back 30 metres in a maul. From the scrum, Camille Grassineau crosses for the go-ahead try.

But the Black Ferns remain composed to put Fluhler across out wide and then Kelly Brazier scores the clincher for a 19-7 win. They now play Canada in the women's final.

4:09pm - France have a good recent record against the Black Ferns in both 15-a-side and sevens formats, and they are giving the home side everything they can handle in this semi.

New Zealand lead 5-0 at halftime, with just one try scored so far - Theresa Fitzpatrick crosses, after a period of pressure. Ruby Tui is unlikely not to have another, but just loses the ball as she stretches to force on the line. 

Next up - New Zealand v France in the other women's semi

3:57pm - Chalk up another upset for the weekend, with Canada scoring two late tries to seal a 28-19 win over the Olympic champions in the first semi-final.

Charity Williams scored the go-ahead try and Chislaine Landry as the clock expired, consigning Australian to a third-place playoff, with Canada progressing to the final.

3:48pm - Canada score well after time expires for a 14-12 lead halfway through the first semi.

The Aussies seem to have taken advantage of an injury in the Canadian defence to put Ellia Green across for 12-7, but the North Americans have them slightly rattled and responded through Kayl Moleschi for the halftime advantage.

3:39pm - New Zealand has some representation in this first semi-final, with Black Ferns 15-a-side representative Selica Winiata taking the whistle for the clash. 

Next up - Australia v Canada in the women's semis

3:37pm - USA make absolutely no race of the fifth-place playoff, smashing the English 45-5, with Ilona Maher and Kristi Kiershe grabbing try doubles.

Next up - USA v England for women's fifth

3:16pm - Russia prevail 26-21 over Fiji, with a penalty try in the final moment proving the decisive scoring action.

Officials ruled Viniana Riwai was guilty of a head-high tackle that prevented a try, so they awarded the seven-pointer and yellow-carded the offender.

Seniyasi scored a consolation try for the Pacific Islanders - her second of the game - but could not deprive the Russians of seventh place.

Next up - Fiji v Russia for women's seventh place

2:49pm - China are only competing in Hamilton as an invitation team, but show their ability with a 31-0 romp over the Spanish, socring five tries. They finish ninth, Spain 10th.

Next up - Spain v China for women's ninth place

2:28pm - Ireland snatch victory 26-19 with a try to Megan Burns at the death. Brazil speedster Bianca Silva scored a try double, but the conversion for her second effort was timed out, leaving the score at 19-19 with time up on the clock, before Burns' heroics. 

So, Ireland finish 11th, Brazil 12th.

2:14pm - Neither Brazil nor Ireland have won any pool games, but their playoff to avoid last at this tournament is still highly competitive, with the South Americans reaching halftime 14-7 ahead.

Next up - Brazil v Ireland for women's 11th place

1:59pm - Scotland have another try in the second half, but the home team are far too good, with Collier, Curry and Koroi crossing to secure a 38-12 victory. That's enough to book a semi-final meeting with Australia - on Australia Day - at 4:42pm.

England face France in the other semi at 4:20pm.

1:50pm - New Zealand are reduced to six men, after Vilimoni Koroi is guilty of a no-arms tackle, and immediately concede a try.

But Shiu scores a short-handed try to restore the advantage and Mikkelson has his second as halftime arrives, the home team ahead 17-5.

1:42pm - The All Blacks Sevens are unbeaten this weekend and only need to maintain that form to reach the semis. Veteran Tim Mikkelson has them off to the ideal start.

Next up - New Zealand v Scotland

1:40pm - USA simply double their halftime score to defeat Wales 42-0 and will now play off for 5th-8th. Wales look like they will maintain their spot at the foot of the world series and the world champions risk demotion at the end of the season.

1:27pm - The Americans are making no race of this, with Isles, Tomasin and Pinkelman crossing for first-half tries and a 21-0 scoreline at the break.

Next up - Wales v USA

1:17pm - Another crosskick sees Sabato seal a 26-10 Argentina win and puts Australia through to a semi-final, potentially against New Zealand. Argentina will contest 5th-8th, while Fiji drop into that unwanted 9th-13th group with South Africa.

1:07pm - Wow, the South Americans have three converted tries on the board by halftime and although Fiji grab one back through Mocenacagi before the break, they're certainly on the back foot at 21-5.

As it stands, Fiji, Argentina and Australia will finish tied atop the group, with points difference deciding who advances.

1pm - Argentina actually rank above Fiji on this year's world series and strike first, with Alvarez running onto a cross-kick for a try that's converted.

Next up - Fiji v Argentina

12:57pm - Samoa are still within two points inside the final minute, but Turner secures his hat-trick of tries and another to Longbottom with time expired give Australia a 33-19 win. They can only watch and hope Argentina can do them a favour on Australia Day.

12:46pm - Turner scores his second try on halftime and the conversion puts Australia 14-12 ahead.

The Samoans, coached by Sir Gordon Tietjens, are winless in pool play, but are giving the Aussies everything they can handle.

12:40pm - If they are to make the semi-finals, the Aussies must beat Samoa and then hope Argentina can upset Fiji in the next match. Their hopes taken an immediate dive, when Afamasaga opens the scoring to put Samoa 7-0 ahead.

Next up - Australia v Samoa

12:37pm - Kenya score immediately off the restart through Oluoch. They lose him to a yellow card and concede a try, but Orieno shows some football skills to score a short-handed try and then Onyala crosses on fulltime to clinch victory 36-14.

The Kenyans will now contest 5th-8th placings, with the South Africans relegated to the 9th-13th playoffs. They will also fall off the top spot they share on the circuit with New Zealand.

12:23pm - Already reeling from their loss to England yesterday, South African are in tatters at the break against Kenya, reduced to six players when Cecil Afrika is yellow-carded and conceding 12 points while he's off the field.

Injera scores a third try and although the Blitz Boks score on halftime, at 19-7, they risk falling out of the top-eight at this tournament.

Next up - South Africa v Kenya

12:12pm - England ease to a 26-7, with two more tries in the second half. They cannot be headed for a semi-final berth.

11:59am - England were cruising at 14-0 just before halftime against Japan, but conceded a converted try, after Will Edwards was yellow-carded and Gofo took advantage. Still, the English seem in control of this contest and should ease away.

11:50am - After their upset win over South Africa on Saturday, the English only need a win to claim their spot in the semis. Japan drew with Kenya yesterday.

Next up - England v Japan

11:48am - France seem like they've blown their chance to advance to the semis, with Ireland making all the play at their end of the field.

But Veredamu received the ball on the end of the backline and canters the length of the field, fending off would-be tacklers to score the try that takes them through to the business end of the tournament with a 17-7 win.

11:39am - Ireland's Jordan Conroy shows his speed to tie the scores, but the French edge ahead just before halftime, with a try to Perez. It's unconverted, but at 12-7, another try would see them progress.

11:29am - France need to beat Ireland by nine to progress to the semis on top of their pool and Veredamu strikes first to give them an early edge. That's seven of those points.

Next up - France v Ireland 

11:25am - Canada survive and they've done their bit. They scored 21 unanswered points to claim a 21-14 win over Spain. Now they must rely on France losing their game if they want to make the semis. 

11:15am - Canada headed into this match, knowing they had to win, and they found themselves down 14-0 early, but them pulled one back and they trail 14-7 at the break. 

11:07am - A win for Canada and a France loss in the next game will see the Canadians qualify for the semi-finals. 

Next up - Canada v Spain

10:58am - There will be a short break before the final men's pool games start at 11:07am when Canada face Spain.... The All Blacks Sevens don't play until 1:41pm. 

10:56am - Australia will face Canada in the first women's semi-final at 3:36pm, followed by New Zealand's match against France at 3:58pm. The USA, who won the opening tournament of the season miss out on a semi-finals spot. 

10:54am - New Zealand pull away in the second half to beat Fiji 38-21 and finish pool play unbeaten in Hamilton. Fluhler finishes the match with a hat-trick. The Black Ferns will be back in action this afternoon at 3:58pm for their semi-final against France. 

10:43am - The Ferns will take 21-14 lead into the break. Two tries from Michaela Blyde and Stacey Fluhler have put NZ in control. 

10:35am - We're underway in NZ's final pool match. This should be a good contest. 

Next up - New Zealand v Fiji 

10:32am - England win 31-0 in the end. A good result to end their campaign. 

10:22am - England in the box seat for their first win in Hamilton, as they lead China 17-0.

Next up - England v China

10:08am - Australia claim a 19-14 win. There was a bizzare ending to that match as it looked like of the Aussie girls threw a forward pass before the ball was kicked out, but regardless the game is over. 

9:59am - Australia have one foot in the final, as they hold a 12-7 lead at the break. Can they hold on? Or will the USA fight back in the second half? 

9:51am - Another pool decider coming up. The winner of this game goes through to the final four. 

Next up - Australia v USA 

9:50am - Russia end their tournament in style with a convincing 24-14 win over Brazil. The Russians found themselves trailing mid-way through the seconc half, but they fought their way back to come out on top. 

Next up - Russia v Brazil

9:26am - Canda have beaten France 21-19 in a thrilling contest. Lina Guerin scores for France just before the full-time siren and Jade Ulutule has a chance to level it with the conversion, but she misses. 

It means Canada top their pool and qualify for the semi-finals. France can still make it as the best loser, but they have a nervous wait on their hands. 

9:16am - Canada will take a 14-7 lead into the break. They were down 7-0, but two late tries see them go ahead. 

9:07am - This game is a winner takes all, with the winner set to qualify for the semi-finals. 

Next up - France v Canada 

9:05am - Spain finish the match with five players on the field, but they still claim a 14-7 win over the Irish. 

8:55am - Spain lead 5-0 at the break, despite Ireland dominating possession in the first half. Maria Garcia was the lone try-scorer. 

Next up - Spain v Ireland 

8:42am - The first match of the day is not far away. Both these teams are out of finals contention. A handful are fans are already at the stadium. 

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

Day two of the event will see the will see 16 men's and 12 women's teams play their final pool games, with the Challenge and Cup finals to follow. 

The Hamilton Sevens is the third leg for the 2019/20 season, for the men, while this is the fourth for the women. 

There is also a new-look forward this year with the quarter-finals dropped from the schedule, only the winners from the four men's pools will advance straight to the semi-finals.

Winners of the three women's pools will be joined by the best second-placed team in the final four. 

The first game of the day kicks off at 8:45am when the Spanish and Irish ladies play their final pool games.

The Black Ferns' third pool match takes place at 10:35am against Fiji, while the All Blacks Sevens get day two underway at 1:41pm against Scotland. 

Hamilton Sevens Men's Pools 

Pool A: New Zealand, Scotland, USA, Wales 

Pool B: South Africa, Kenya, England, Japan

Pool C: France, Ireland, Canada, Spain

Pool D: Fiji, Argentina, Australia, Samoa 

For a full list of men's matches, click here

TAB odds: NZ $2.80, South Africa $3.10, Fiji $4.50, France $8.00

Hamilton Sevens Women's Pools 

Pool A: New Zealand, Fiji, England, China

Pool B: Australia, USA, Russia, Brazil

Pool C: Canada, France, Spain, Ireland 

For a full list of women's matches, click here

TAB odds: NZ $1.36, Australia $8.00, Canada $10,00 France $13.00 

Pre-day banter: Black Ferns, All Blacks open bids for hometown crowns

New Zealand men and women have emerged unscathed from the opening day of the Hamilton Sevens, as they chase victory in their home leg of the world series.

Confronted with a new cut-throat format that rewards only pool winners with semi-final spots, the All Blacks Sevens kept their hopes alive with wins over Wales and United States.

They were imperious in their opening encounter, barely allowing the Welsh a sniff of the ball in a 47-0 romp.

Tim Mikkelson ran away for two of their seven tries, with Regan Ware, Joe Webber, Scott Curry, Kurt Baker and Vilimomoni Koroi also crossing.

After finishing runners-up on the 2018/19 circuit, the Americans posed a far greater challenge, but never led, after NZ captain Curry crossed for the opening try, converted by Ngarohi McGarvey-Black, in the second minute.

Speedster Perry Baker kept the US in the hunt, but further tries to Baker, Mikkelson and Sam Dickson carried the All Blacks clear 26-5.

New Zealand's chances of retaining their top world ranking received a massive boost, when co-leaders South Africa fell 21-19 to England and now need results to go their way, if they are to make Sunday's semis.   

Meanwhile, the Black Ferns also showed their class, with identical 40-7 scorelines against China and England in their pool.

They quickly climbed on top of China in their opener, with Michael Blyde and Stacey Fluhler (formerly Waaka) striking quickly after the start.

China responded with a try before the break, but had no answer for the world series leaders, who piled on four more unanswered tries - including a second for Fluhler - to prevail 40-7.

The NZ women virtually sealed their semi spot against England later in the afternoon, with Blyde scoring four first-half tries, before she was subbed off at the break.

The flyer had been sidelined since November with a leg stress fracture, but showed no signs of her slowing down in her return to the national sevens programme.

China upset a short-handed Fiji 17-12 with a late try, reducing all New Zealand's pool opponents to one-win/one-loss records, with another round to complete on Sunday.

The Black Ferns face the Fijians on Sunday morning, with pool winners and the best second-placed team progressing to semis.

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