Live updates: All Blacks, Black Ferns Sevens v Australia, day two from Eden Park

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All Blacks Sevens 26 Australia 19

Second half

7:27pm - Australia trying to break out from their own line, but concede a penalty at the breakdown and NZ have a chance to ice victory.

They kick for touch and the contest is over - tremendous comeback victories to both NZ men and women.

7:26pm - Try to Warbrick

Clarke is subbed off, as NZ break out of their half. Warbrick receives the ball in midfield and gives a classic 'don't argue' fend on this way to the line.

Converted, NZ 26-19

7:25pm - Aussies win their scrum in their own half and launch an attack. Clarke wins the breakdown and a penalty.

7:24pm - Koroi kicks off and NZ knock on in their quest for the ball.

7:22pm - Australia miscue the kickoff and NZ have great position to launch another attack. They win a penalty and Webber - new to the game - power through three tacklers to score.

Converted, 19-19

7:20pm - Try to Koroi

The scrum is finally set, NZ feed, and they find numbers for Koroi to cross out wide. He converts, Aust 19-12

7:19pm - NZ win a penalty in front of the posts and some pleasantries are exchanged. Ref wants to iron things out.

7:18pm - Australia have the ball from the kickoff, but inside their own half.

First half

7:15pm - Try to Knewstubb

NZ finally gain the ball from the kickoff, with Knewstubb rising high to claim it and then sprint 60 metres to open the scoring for the All Blacks. Unconverted, Aust 19-5

7:14pm - Try to Malouf

NZ still have not touched the ball and the Aussies are running riot, with Malouf fending off Knewstubb to score. Converted, Aust 19-0

7:12pm - Try to Hutchison

Longbottom makes another scything run and the ball goes wide to Hutchison, who cross out wide. Uncoverted, Aust 12-0

7:11pm - Try to Longbottom

Finally Australia take advantage of their possession dominance, with the speedster splitting the defence to score between the posts. Converted, Aust 7-0

7:10pm - Australia win a penalty and Hutchinson beats a couple of tacklers.

7:09pm - Aussies building phases, but NZ defence is safe.

7:08pm - Tricky kickoff from Australia, Collier secures it, but has a foot in touch.

Aussies win a lineout and Holland creates some space in midfield.

7:06pm - Caleb Clarke gets a start for the NZ men, who have swept their Aussie counterparts so far in this series.

Captain Scott Curry again absent, but no injury concerns apparently.

Black Ferns Sevens 15 Australia 12

Second half

7:02pm - Dick is back, but NZ still have a player advantage and build momentum. Blyde steps inside two would-be tacklers to score the winner, as the siren sounds for fulltime.

New Zealand simply took advantage of Australia's ill-discipline to steal that game and a 3-1 series scoreline.

7pm -Try to Blyde

Woodman makes a tackle and turns the ball over, and NZ simply find the space, with a two-player advantage. Blyde outpaces the defence for the corner. 

Nathan-Wong misses again from wide out, Aust 12-10

6:58pm - Try to Woodman

With two extra players, the Ferns take advantage and Woodman closes the margin. Nathan-Wong can't convert, Aust 12-5

6:57pm - Dalton's long pass goes astray and the Ferns regather. Dick is yellow-carded in a tackle and Australia are quickly down to five players with another.

6:56pm - Woodman tries to outflank the defence, but loses the ball in the tackle.

6:55pm - Brazier kicks out of her own 22 - Australian only have a few more seconds short-handed.

Pelite returns to the game and Australia surge into NZ territory.

6:53pm - Australia kick off long and immediately put the Ferns on the back foot.

First half

6:51pm - NZ win a lineout on their own line, but Pelite knocks down a pass and is yellow-carded - a chance for the Ferns to get back in the contest.

NZ kick to touch, but their lineout throw is not straight. The halftime siren sounds,

6:50pm - NZ win the kickoff again, but are penalised for holding on in the tackle. Australia put a kick behind Blyde, but it dribbles into touch short of the goal-line.

6:48pm - Try to Hayes

The Aussies cause some confusion in the NZ midfield defence and Hayes finds a gap in the line to lope away for a try, not converted. Aust 12-0

6:47pm - NZ win the kickoff, but an attempted tip-pass from Brazier falls for the Aussies.

6:46pm - Nathan-Wong's kickoff slices off the boot and is well short of 10 metres.

Try to Pelite

Green targets Nathan-Wong twice in succession and the Aussies take advantage of a penalty for high tackle to score, try converted, Aust 7-0

6:41pm - Welcome back to the sevens series between NZ and Australia, with the Kiwis currently holding an upper hand in both men's and women's contests.

The women will take the field first, after the Blues' comprehensive win over the Waratahs in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman.

The Black Ferns have brought Stacey Fluhler and Niall Williams into their line-up for this evening's game. NZ hold a 2-1 series lead.

3:47pm - New Zealand take first blood on day two, winning both men's and women's encounters. The men extend their winning streak to three matches over Australia while the Black Ferns move to 2-1 for the series.  

The four teams will return after the Blues Super Rugby game, with the women scheduled for a 6:40pm kickoff. Rejoin us then...

New Zealand Sevens 24 Australia 12

Full time 

3:43pm - Try All Black Sevens to Amanaki Nicole

New Zealand seals the deal as the siren goes. Pama Fou knocks the ball in contact and Amanaki Nicole picks it up and flicks passes to Kitiona Vai who just gets to the line in contact to grab New Zealand's fourth try. 

New Zealand converts the try and that will be full time. (NZL 24-12)

3:41pm - New Zealand take the quick tap but Kitiona Vai  knocks it on as he tries to offload and Australia will have a chance to steal the game.


New Zealand win a penalty at the breakdown just short of Australia's 22 and will have a chance to make it a two score game.

3:38pm - Try Australia to Dylan Pietsch

Australia hit back to get them back in the contest. Maurice Longbottom delivers a great short ball to Dylan Pietsch who sprints 50-metres to score.

Australia convert the try. (NZL 17-12)

3:36pm - Try All Black Sevens to Regan Ware

New Zealand come wide to Ollie Sapsford who is brought down just short but finds an offload in the tackle to find Regan Ware who scores straight from the restart. 

New Zealand can;t convert the try. (NZL 17-5)

3:34pm - New Zealand get the second half underway and Australia straight away make an error and the home side will get first use of the ball. 

First half 

3:32pm - Try All Black Sevens to Ollie Sapsford 

New Zealand takes the lead as the siren goes. After a strong run from Kitiona Vai who broke tackles to go inches short before Ollie Sapsford crashes over.

New Zealand convert the try and that will be half time. (NZL 12-7)


Australia look to attack inside their 22 but Lachlan Miller  gives away a penalty at the breakdown to give New Zealand one final chance with 30 seconds before the break.

3:29pm - Try Australia to Maurice Longbottom

Australia attack just inside their 22 and find Maurice Longbottom who breaks a tackle before sprinting 60-metres to score. 

Australia can't convert the try. (5-5)

3:27pm - Try All Black Sevens to Brady Rush

Brady Rush gets his first try in the New Zealand seven's colours. Kitiona Vai uses his size to fend off a Australian tackler before offloading to Brady Rush to score.

New Zealand can't convert the try. (NZL 5-0)

3:25pm - Australia get the contest underway. 

Black Ferns Sevens 26 Australia 21



That will be full time and the Black Ferns grab their second victory over Australia for the weekend. 

3:21pm - Yellow Card Australia to  Demi Haye

Demi Haye is penalised for a high tackle and she is sent to the bin for a high tackle.

3:20pm - Try Australia to Ellia Green 

Australia have gone back to get them right back in the contest.  Evania Pelite picks and goes for the ruck and brushes off a Black Ferns defender to crash over.

Dalton converts the try. (NZL 26-21)

3:18pm - Try Australia to Ellia Green 

Australia show great hands and find Ellia Green  out wide and she uses her spize and size to beat Niall Williams and she crosses to get Australia back in it. 

Dalton converts the try. (NZL 26-14)

3:15pm - Try Black Ferns to Gayle Broughton

The Black Ferns have gone back-to-back to start the second half. Australia make an unforced error just outside their 22 and Broughton snaps it up and uses her footwork to beat the Australian defence to score.

Tyla Nathan-Wong converts the try. (NZL 26-7)

3:13pm - Try Black Ferns to Ruby Tui

Tui gobbles up a loose ball and she bursts into a big hole in the Australian defence and sprints 50-metres to grba New Zealand's third try.

Tyla Nathan-Wong converts the try, which comes off the posts and goes over. (NZL 19-7)


3:11pm - Tyla Nathan-Wong gets the second half underway for the Black Ferns which Ruby Tui wins back for New Zealand and they will have first use of the ball in the second stanza.

First half

3:09pm - The Black Ferns have one final opportunity before halftime but it comes to nothing as Brzier's pass goes forward and that will be halftime.

3:08pm - Try Black Ferns to Michaela Blyde

The Black Ferns have one final opportunity before the break. From the scrum on Australia's 22, New Zealand come wide to Michaela Blyde who scores impressively in the corner. 

The Black ferns can't convert the try. (NZL 12-7)

3:05pm - Try Black Ferns to Portia Woodman

The Black Ferns hit straight back and it's Portia Woodman who runs onto a brilliant Kelly Brazier grubber and gets New Zealand's first try. 

Woodman converts the try. (7-7)

3:03pm - Try Australia to Charlotte Dalton

Charlotte Caslick makes a strong burst down to th Black Ferns 22 before Blyde brings her down. On the next phase, Chloe Dalton finds space and she sprints 40-metres to score.

Dalton converts the try (AUS 7-0)

3:01pm - Chloe Dalton gets the contest underway for Australia. 

3:00pm - The Black Ferns have named a strong lineup with Ruby Tui,  Sarah Hirini, Michaela Blyde, Tyla Nathan-Wong, Kelly Brazier, Theresa Fitzpatrick, Portia Woodman starting for New Zealand. 

2:50pm - We are just 10-minutes away from kickoff at Eden Park and it will be interesting to see what side Black Ferns coach Allan Bunting runs out with. The morning game on Friday he used close to his top lineup before rotating for the afternoon game. 

The two sides split the two contests on Friday, so both will be keen to put their noses in front. 


Kia ora, good afternoon 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.

All eyes were on both New Zealand teams in their first competitive outing in more than a year, after the World Sevens Series was suspended due to COVID-19, limiting matchplay to primarily intrasquad matches. 

The New Zealand men's team made a fast start to their three day tournament, with two hard-fought victories over Australia to give them confidence heading into day two. 

The Black Ferns sevens side weren't as convincing, as they split their two matches on the opening day with their Australian neighbours. 

Coach Allan Bunting ran out his strongest side in the opening match, and they didn't disappoint in an emphatic 19-0 victory, before resting his stars in the afternoon contest to see the Australia claim a 19-15 win.

The three day tournaments will give Bunting a great indication about what his best side is, remembering the Australian women captured gold at Rio 2016 by beating New Zealand in the final.

Success against Australia would indicate New Zealand's women - reigning world and Commonwealth Games champions - are well on track to medal in Japan.

After matches were held at the Ōrākei Domain on Friday, but the teams will move to Eden Park on Saturday to play the curtain raiser and following the Blues v Waratahs Super Rugby match.

Today's schedule at Eden Park is:

3pm: Black Ferns Sevens v Australia

3:23pm: All Blacks Sevens v Australia

6:40pm: Australia v Black Ferns Sevens

7:03pm: Australia v All Blacks Sevens

Winiata to referee at Tokyo Olympics

Black Ferns and New Zealand sevens star Selica Winiata will ply a different trade at the Tokyo Olympics, selected as one of three Kiwis on the refereeing panel.

Winiata, 34, will officiate the women's sevens tournament at the Tokyo Games, alongside fellow New Zealanders James Doleman and Lauren Jenner on World Rugby's appointed referees list.

Selica Winiata has been selected as one of three Kiwis to referee sevens at the Tokyo Olympics
Selica Winiata has been selected as one of three Kiwis to referee sevens at the Tokyo Olympics Photo credit: Getty

"On behalf of New Zealand Rugby I'd like to congratulate James, Lauren and Selica on their selection to officiate at the Olympics," New Zealand Rugby's head of professional rugby Chris Lendrum said.

"It's great reward for the work they have been putting in and we look forward to seeing them on the World's biggest sporting stage."

The multiple World Cup winner has officiated sevens since late 2019, balancing sevens and refereeing ever since. Winiata has refereed in four World Sevens Series events, before the COVID-19 pandemic saw the competition halted, with heavy restrictions on international travel.

A veteran of 40 tests for the Black Ferns, Winiata has won the Rugby World Cup, the Rugby World Cup Sevens, and the World Sevens Series as a player.

Winiata is understood to be concentrating on refereeing this  year, but intends to return to the Black Ferns when they aim to defend their World Cup title, held in New Zealand next year.