Live updates: All Blacks, Black Ferns Sevens v Australia, Day One

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All Black Sevens 26 Australia 21

New Zealand - Mcgarvey-Black, Nanai-Seturo, Clarke, Knewstubb try  Knewstubb conversion, Koroi 2 conversions 

Australia - Fou, Williams, Chapman tries; Coward 3 conversions

Full time 


As the siren goes, New Zealand will have a scrum on halfway. Australia are putting pressure on as they try to win possession back. After two collapsed scrums, New Zealand get it out and Curry kicks it into touch to end the contest.

New Zealand make it two wins from time on the day against Australia. The two sides will square off again tomorrow at Eden Park. 

4:20pm - Try Australia to Pama Fou

Australia are at their best as they are throwing the ball from side to side deep inside New Zealand's 22. They find Pama Fou out wide and he breaks a tackle and crashes over.

Coward converts the try to make it a five point ball game. (NZL 26-21)

4:17pm - Try New Zealand to Andrew Knewstubb

New Zealand hit back through Andrew Knewstubb. After disrupting the lineout, New Zealand showed great hands before Knewstubb is put into space and sprints 30-metres to score. 

He converts his own try. (NZL 26-14)


Australia win a penalty from the kickoff and they kick for touch and have a lineout on New Zealand's 22.

4:14pm - Try Australia to Jordan Williams 

Australia will have the first opportunity with the ball in hand in the second half. They are throwing it round in front of their own goal posts. Australia find Jordan Williams and the speedster breaks a tackle and sprints 80-metres to grab Australia's second try.

Australia convert the try. (NZL 19-14)

4:13pm - After a short two-minute break New Zealand get the second half underway.

First half


A long passage of play to end the first half with Clarke making a strong run down to half way. New Zealand come wide but a knock will end the first stanza.

4:08pm - Try New Zealand to Etene Nanai-Seturo 

New Zealand grab back-to-back tries. Nanai-Seturo uses his dancing feet to beat the Australian defensive line to sprint clear and grab his sides third try.

4:07pm - Try New Zealand to Caleb Clarke 

It's the Koroi and Clarke show. Koroi uses his speed and size to break tackles before offloading to Caleb Clarke who sprints clear to grab New Zealand's second try.

4:04pm - Try Australia to Nick Chapman

Australia hit straight back. Dunbar puts a grubber in behind deep inside New Zealand's 22. New Zealand can't clean up and Chapman picks it up to score. 

4:03pm - Try New Zealand to Ngarohi Mcgarvey-Black 

New Zealand make a fast start scoring inside 50 seconds. Ngarohi Mcgarvey-Black has used his speed and power to break the defensive line and crash over.

4:02pm - Australia gets us underway. 

4:00pm - Both sides are out on the field and we are almost ready to go. 

Black Ferns Sevens 15 Australia 19

Australia - Perry, 2 Higgins-Ashby Dalton tries; 2 conversions

Black Ferns - 2 Hotham, Kaka tries

Full time

3:53pm - Yellow Card Black Ferns to Shiray Kaka

Kaka has been sent to the sin bin for the remaining 30 seconds for a deliberate knock down. From the penalty, Australia kick it out as the siren goes to level the series 1-1

3:52pm - Try Black Ferns to Jazmin Hotham

The Black Ferns are right back in it with two-minutes to play. After winning the ball back at the kickoff, Jazmin Hotham finds space and uses her speed to make it a four point ball game.

3:49pm - Try Black Ferns to Shiray Kaka

New Zealand win a breakdown penalty to win possession back and they go straight onto the attack. After a messy period of play the Black Ferns spread the ball wide to Shiray Kaka  who fends off a tackler and scores in the corner. 

3:47pm - Australia get first opportunity with the ball in hand in the second half.  Georgia Hannaway makes a strong run down the left wing to get to the 10-metre line. After five phases the Black Ferns give away a penalty and Australia will take a quick tap.

3:45pm - After a quick break the Black Ferns will get us back underway. 

First half

3:42pm - Try Australia to Shannon Parry

The Black Ferns will have one more chance to attack in the first half as the ciren goes. The Kiwis are throwing the ball around but Australia have won a breakdown penalty to give them the final say of the opening stanza. 

After four phases, Shannon Parry uses her size to muscle her way over for her sides third try of the half. 

Chloe Dalton can't convert the try. (AUS 19-5)

3:41pm - Try Australia to Madison Higgins-Ashby

Australia go back to back to back extend their lead. It is Higgins-Ashby again who finds space down the right hand side and sprints clear to grab her second try. 

Chloe Dalton Converts the try. (AUS 14-5)

3:40pm - Try Australia Madison Higgins-Ashby

Australia hit back and what a try it was straight from the kickoff. Madison Higgins-Ashby uses her speed to break through the defensive line and goes 80-metres to get their first try. (AUS 7-5)

3:37pm - Try Black Ferns to Jazmin Hotham

The Black Ferns get first opprtunity with ball in hand deep in their own 22. They keep the ball alive and spread it wide to Hotham who finds a massive hole and sprints 90-metres to get the games first try. 

Tenika Willison can't convert the try. (NZ 5-0)

3:36pm - Chloe Dalton will kickoff for Australia. 

3:35pm - Both sides are out on the field and we are just about ready to go. 

3:09pm - The Black Ferns will be first match of the afternoon from 3:30pm as they look for their second victory of the day against Australia. 

10:55am - New Zealand take first blood in the series, winning both men's and women's encounters.

The four teams will return this afternoon, with the women scheduled for a 3:30am kickoff. Rejoin us then...

All Blacks Sevens 14 Australia 5

NZ - Collier & Nicole tries, Knewstubb 2 conversions

Australia - Fou try

Second half

10:54am - As the Aussies try to bust out, Pietsch breaks from his line and the movement continues upfield. Eventually they kick ahead - that seemed like a wasted opportunity - and Nanai-Seturo clears to end the game.

10:52am - Clarke threatens out left, but Australia earn a penalty at the breakdown and play continues.

10:51am - The fulltime siren sounds, but NZ have a scrum feed in their own half. Nanai-Seturo tries to bust out... 

10:49am - Try to Fou

As NZ try to mount an attack, Fou intercepts the pass and runs the length of the field, beating Koroi to the corner. NZ 14-5

10:48am - Australia try to clear their own line, but Clarke drags Roache over the sideline to put NZ on attack.

10:47am - NZ win a lineout and mounts an attack from their own half. The move breaks down when a pass goes astray on the Aussie 22.

Clark enters the fray.

10:46am - From the kickoff, NZ captain Curry tackles an Aussie in the air and is penalised. He stays down for a few seconds, before he's subbed off.

10:45am - Try to Nicole

Mikkelson makes a crushing tackle on Holland and Nicole gathers the loose ball to sprint away. Knewstubb converts, NZ 14-0

10:44am - Aussies chip behind the NZ defence, but Mikkelson sprints back to force for a dropout.

Knewstubb's dropout sends Australia back into their own half.

10:43am - From a tap inside their own half, Australia break out through Longbottom and then win a penalty on the NZ 22.

10:42am - All Black Caleb Clarke lurks on the sideline, waiting for this chance, NZ kick off for the second half.

First half

10:39m - Try to Collier

Curry threatens on the right and finds Collier looming inside - he has a 50m run to the line to break the deadlock on halftime. Knewstubb converts from wide out, NZ 7-0

10:38am - Aussie steal an NZ lineout throw in their own territory, but the All Blacks steal it back at a breakdown and then earn a penalty at the next.

10:37am - Australia threatening on halfway, but a long runs is wasted, when the NZ defence retires quickly to force a breakdown penalty.

10:36am - Another NZ attack breaks down, as Knewstubbs and Molia fail to connect in midfield. The ball dribbles into touch.

10:35am - Aussie feed to a defensive scrum, but they concede a penalty at the breakdown. Good attacking position for NZ.

10:34am - Ware breaks from the scrum, but his final pass to Knewstubb bobbles forward.

10:33am - From a lineout, NZ build an attack and earn a midfield penalty. They opt for a scrum to soak up some of the Aussie defence.

10:32am - Aussies kick off, regather and immediately go up the middle, with Longbottom breaking the defence. The move breaks down though and NZ have a scrum in their own territory.

10:30am - All Blacks will field Curry, Mikkelson, Collier, Knewstubb, Ware, Webber and Molia in their opening line-up against the Aussie men.

Black Ferns Sevens 19 Australia 0

NZ - Blyde 2 & Tui tries; Nathan-Wong 2 conversions 

Second half

10:23am - Australia take a tap penalty on halfway with time up, but when they try to shift left, the pass goes forward and the game is over. Comprehensive first-up performance for the Black Ferns.

10:22am - Pouri-Lane kicks off for NZ and Australia launch an attack - their best of the game. Plenty of subs on for the Ferns.

10:20am - Try to Tui

Cramer makes an error that gifts NZ the ball and Tui busts up the middle to score under the crossbar. Nathan-Wong converts, NZ 19-0

10:19am - Woodman makes a good run up the right, but her inside pass goes loose and Australia gather.

10:18am - Australia turn the ball over just inside NZ half, so the Black Ferns will build from a scrum.

10:17am - Aussies try to build from their own line and win a succession of penalties.

10:16am - Hirini takes the ball strongly upfield, but turns the ball over. Australia will have possession deep in their own half.

10:15am - Aussie kickoff has NZ on their own goal-line for the first time. Fluhler breaks out and they reach halfway.

First half

10:13am - Nathan-Wong kicks off again, but Australia can't gather cleanly and the ball bobbles into touch for halftime.

The Aussies have had no ball and haven't exited their own half at all, so one-way traffic so far.

10:11am - Try to Blyde

Hirini puts a kick behind the defence for Woodman to run onto and then regathers the loose ball.

When the ball comes left, Broughton sends Blyde in at the corner. nathan-Wong misses from the sideline, NZ 12-0

10:08am - Scrappy play from both sides, probably expected, given their long lay-offs...

10:06am - Try to Blyde

The kickoff takes a bounce that puts Australia under immediate pressure. Blyde comes up with a smashing tackle and when NZ gain possession, they spin it left, where Blyde outflanks the defence.

Nathan-Wong converts, NZ 7-0

10:05am - Nathan-Wong kicks off to the right, but it's well short of 10m.

10:03am - That said, Black Ferns coaches have named probaly their top line-up for the opener with Tui, Hirini, Blyde, Nathan-Wong, Brazier, Fitzpatrick and Woodman taking the field.

10am - Coaches intend mixing up their squads for these matches, with a suggestion the Black Ferns will put out two different teams for today's fixtures.

They played each other in intrasquad games in Wellington last month, so perhaps this is a chance to build on those combinations.


Kia ora, good morning and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the NZ v Australia Sevens series in Auckland, part of the build-up towards the Tokyo Olympics in July-August.

With the IRB world series suspended during COVID-19, matchplay has been rare for the All Blacks and Black Ferns Sevens over the past 12 months, primarily limited to intrasquad matches.

But with the Games looming larger - and the increasing likelihood they will proceed as planned, albeit 12 months later - the NZ sides will get a valuable indication of where their programme stands, compared to the Aussies.

Remember, the Australian women captured gold at Rio 2016, beating New Zealand in the final, so success against them would indicate our women - reigning world and Commonwealth Games champions - are well on track for medals in Japan.

Today's schedule at Ōrākei Domain is:

10am: Black Ferns Sevens v Australia

10:30am: All Blacks Sevens v Australia

3:30pm: Australia v Black Ferns Sevens

4pm: Australia v All Blacks Sevens

Black Ferns Sevens hopefuls out to stake Olympics claims

After more than 12 months of intrasquad scrimmages and cancelled warm-up tournaments, the Black Ferns Sevens can finally test themselves against world class opposition, when they play a six-game series against Australia this weekend.

The reigning Olympic champions should provide an ideal guide to how the Kiwi women are tracking just two months out from the rapidly approaching Tokyo Games.

With May's IRB world series tournaments cancelled, these games will also be one of the last chances for players to press their selection claims for the 12-strong squad to Japan.

"It's definitely a trial," co-coach Cory Sweeney tells Newshub. "There's pressure and the girls are feeling it, and there's great energy in the group right now. 

"Like any team, you've got an idea, and we've certainly got an idea of how we're tracking and the players that are in the mix.

"But there are certainly some really competitive spots up for grabs and this weekend will give us a really good indication where people will sit in that group.

"Watch out Aussie, I reckon."

Shiray Kaka in action for Black Ferns Sevens
Shiray Kaka in action for Black Ferns Sevens. Photo credit: Photosport

From Friday to Sunday, the NZ men and women will play a pair of games daily against their Australian counterparts, bookending the Blues' Super Rugby Trans-Tasman game against the Waratahs at Eden Park on Saturday.

The schedule mirrors what they'll face in Tokyo, where the Aussies will likely present one of their biggest hurdles in their quest for medals.

Sweeney is conscious of striking that balance between match-hardening his players and being competitive, while keeping some trump cards close to their chests.

"They're always going to be a threat," he says. "That trans-Tasman rivalry is huge.

“You can feel it as soon as they walk into the hotel, there's eyes across the room and everyone's sussing each other out.

"We don't want to expose ourselves six times in a weekend either, so we'll probably try and keep a couple of things up our sleeve.

"But having an actual opposition - and a quality opposition - is timely and massively exciting for us."

Playing on home soil means Sweeney and co-coach Allan Bunting will have access to all 19 hopefuls. On day one, they’re planning to play two different teams for each of the two games.

One such hopeful is 26-year-old Shiray Kaka, who's determined to win selection, after a nightmare run with injury.

In recent years, Kaka has undergone three major surgeries that have sidelined her for 6-9 months at a time.

Now fully healthy and fuelled by the pain of missing out at Rio 2016 - where she and Michaela Blyde were travelling reserves - Kaka is desperate to crack the squad and the sacrifices she's made prove that.

"We are haunted by it," she laughs. "We don't ever want to do that again.

"This time, I've lived away from my husband for six months now, putting babies and stuff on hold to be here today.

"Not having that gold from the Rio Olympics is definitely something that's pushing me."

The 47-game veteran knows what's at stake this weekend, and has resorted to meditation to ensure she remains clear-headed and focused on her task amid a unique squad dynamic.

"There are only 4-5 weeks until the squad is named, that's all that's on my mind really," says Kaka.

"It's definitely in the back of my head and it is a weird sport, where you're calling each other sister, but you're also competing against each other too.

"It's more of a mental battle than physical, to be honest."