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2014 NELSON MANDELA BAY 7sSouth Africa 7s South Africa Cup Winners 2014

DAY 2

HIGHLIGHTS

SOUTH AFRICA defended their title and won their second consecutive round of the HSBC Sevens World Series with a 26-17 win over incumbent series champions New Zealand at the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens in Port Elizabeth, round three of the Series.

New Zealand looked every inch the defending series champions early, Sherwin Stowers crossing out wide to give the All Blacks Sevens a five-point lead. But the form team of the series didn't take long to spring into action, Philip Snyman on the end of a Blitzbok raid to level shortly after.

Cecil Africa sent the 36,000 strong crowd into raptures with the host nation's second try, extending the lead to 12-5 just prior to the break before Joe Webber capitalised on Afrika's sin bin to reduce the deficit to two.

Two minutes into the second half Kwagga Smith broke from the back of a ruck on half way, offloading to Seabelo Senatla who did what he does best making a bee line for the corner setting up 19-10 lead before Webber responded for the All Blacks Sevens reducing the margin to two once more with five minutes remaining. Smith scored next, however, the benefactor of great support play as the Bliztboks took control with an unassailable 26-17 lead.

Earlier, South Africa survived a scare from the Wallabies to advance to their second consecutive Cup Final with a thrilling 19-10 win. The hosts coming from 10-0 behind at half time after Ed Jenkins and Pama Fou took advantage of overlaps to give last week's runners-up the lead.

Meanwhile, New Zealand kept their try line intact with a convincing 29-0 win over Argentina setting up a mouth-watering Cup final.

Australia finished third on the back of a Pama Fou hat-trick defeating Argentina 34-19 in the playoff for third place after leading 19-14 at half time.

PLATE FINAL: USA UPSET FIJI
South Africa 7s USA Plate Winners 2014A Perry Baker try and tenacous defence in the final minutes swept the USA to a surprise 21-14 win over Fiji. Speedster Carlin Isles continued his good form in the tournament racing away for the USA'S first try before a converted try to Andrew Durutalo extended the margin to 14 at the break.

One of Fiji's best throughout the tournament, Savenaca Rawaca got his side back in the contest with a converted try shortly after the restart reducing the margin to seven before Vatemo Ravouvou's try ensured an exciting finish.

Earlier, an injury-depleted Fiji got through to the Plate Final after defeating England 31-0, two opportunistic tries to Savenaca Rawaca and Amenoni Nasilasila gave Fiji the early jump. While the USA, accounted for Scotland 26-19 in the other semi final, Carlin Isles starring with a double.

BOWL FINAL: CANADA TOO STRONG FOR KENYA
South Africa 7s Canada Bowl Winners 2014After defeating Kenya 19-12 in the Shield final in Dubai last week Canada repeated the dose only this time in the Bowl with a convincing 24-5 win. Sean Duke impressed as Canada capitalised on a better than even share of possession with tries to Mike Fuailefau and Lucas Hammond in the first half. Duke picked up a well-deserved five-pointer just after the break extending Canada's lead to 17-0.

Earlier, Canada came from 14-7 down at the break against Wales with three unanswered tries to Conor Trainor, Sean Duke and Ciaran Hearn securing a 24-14 victory and booking their place in the Bowl final, while Kenya edged out France 14-12.

SHIELD FINAL: PORTUGAL BEAT SAMOA
South Africa 7s Portugal Shield Winners 2014Portugal defeated Samoa 19-14 in the Shield final at the Cell C Nelson Bay Sevens in Port Elizabeth scoring three tries to two, including a first half brace by Bernardo Cardoso.

"It's always good to beat one of the top five or six so this is a big win for us, and our first silverware of the season," said Portugal's Carl Murray.

Samoa qualified for the final defeating Zimbabwe 21-14 in their semi final match while Portugal advanced after defeating Japan 24-15.

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DAY 1

HIGHLIGHTS

DEFENDING champions and hosts South Africa impressed on the opening day of the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens in Port Elizabeth, round three of the HSBC Sevens World Series, as last week's Dubai champions won all three of their matches against USA, Kenya and Wales.

Cecil Afrika became the Blitzboks' all-time leading points scorer in the process, overtaking Fabian Juries with his try against Wales, while Seabelo Senatla scored six tries to continue his presence on top of the try-scoring charts this season and they will face England in the Cup quarter finals on day two.

New Zealand came out on top of Pool D, beating Samoa, Japan and England 5-0 in an enthralling encounter thanks to Joe Webber's try, the current Series champions will now play the USA who will appear in their first Cup quarter final of the season.

Current Series leaders Fiji await Australia in a repeat of the Dubai Sevens Cup semi finals while Argentina play Scotland in the other two quarter finals.

POOL A
1 South Africa 2 Wales 3 USA 4 Kenya

The Blitzboks continued on their winning way, reaching their third consecutive quarter final of the season, with a comprehensive 36 point win over Wales, Cecil Afrika and Seabelo Senatla provided fans with a couple of spectacular diving tries to get proceedings underway.

The USA also set sail for their first quarter final appearance of the season racing in three first half tries for a 19-0 lead over Kenya. Converted tries to Zack Test and Madison Hughes early in the second assured Mike Friday's men a safe passage to the top eight.

Earlier South Africa added to their opening 26-0 win over the USA with a 38-7 defeat of Kenya in their round two match. Just as he did in their first pool game, Senatla scored twice for the defending champions with two scintillating runs to get the home crowd singing.

The USA pulled off a 38-12 win over Wales to keep their chances of reaching a first quarter final of the season alive. Wales started brightly with a try to Sion Bennett before the USA fought back with two unanswered tries to Perry Baker and Hughes for a 12-5 lead. The USA dominated the second half, scoring 24 points to one Wales try.

POOL B
1 Australia 2 Argentina 3 Portugal 4 Zimbabwe Cheetahs

Argentina beat Australia 31-21 to qualify in first place in Pool B, setting up a quarter final meeting with Scotland while the Wallabies will take on Ben Ryan's Fiji. Argentina's Javier Rojas showed a clean pair of heels posting the first try before Fernando Luna and Axel Muller also found open space to score and all of a sudden it was 19-0. Australia regained their composure to score first in the second half through Pama Fou but when Santiago Cordero scored Los Pumas fourth try their fate was sealed.

Earlier in the day, Australia and Argentina secured quarter-final berths, both winning their opening two pool games against Portugal and Zimbabwe.

After a testing 33-21 first up win over Portugal including Pama Fou's 48th Series try, the Wallabies jumped out to a 17-0 lead over Zimbabwe on the back of a hat-trick from 21-year old Nick Malouf. Alex Gibbon was the star of the second half with a hat-trick of his own as Australia raced away with the game shutting out their opponents 50-0. Meanwhile, Argentina continued their winning way with a hard fought 14-7 win over a much improved Portugal after earlier defeating Zimbabwe 31-5.

Los Pumas began their tournament brightly defeating Zimbabwe 31-5 after three unanswered tries in the first half to Etchart, Sabato and Rojas setting up a 19-0 lead. The Pumas added two further tries before Zimbabwe's Kilvan Magunje brought the crowd to their feet breaking through the defence to score their only try of the match.

POOL C
1 Fiji 2 Scottish Rugby 3 France 4 Canada

Current Series leaders Fiji defeated Scotland 19-12 to record a clean sweep of wins on day one in Port Elizabeth. Leading 19-7 at the break thanks to a double from Jasa Veremalua and a try to the ever-present Osea Kolinisau. Fiji were then kept scoreless in the second half as the Scots reduced the margin to seven in a closely fought contest, the losing margin enough to help the Scots sneak into the top eight on points differential.

Earlier, Canada threw their quarter final chances away as they were beaten 24-21 by France in their final pool match despite leading 21-0 at the break. Four unanswered tries to Les Blues in the second half, including a last-gasp effort at the death by Terry Bouhraoua sealed what seemed an unlikely win for France at half time.

After accounting for France 45-5 in round one of the pools, Fiji came up against a more determined Canada outfit next. With the scores locked up 7-7 at half time Ben Ryan's side helped themselves to three second half tries to set up their second win of the day.

France stole the early lead in their second match against Scotland with a try to Vakatawa in the second minute before the Scots hit back with two tries to lead 12-5 at the break. Both teams traded tries in the second half but it was Scotland prevailing by seven points. Earlier, the Scots went down 14-12 to Canada, leaving results in the last round of pool games to determine who will join the quarter-finals from Pool C on day two.

POOL D
1 New Zealand 2 England 3 Samoa 4 Japan

New Zealand have finished on top of the table in Pool D after a hard fought 5-0 victory over England, both teams already assured of competing in the quarter finals on day two in Port Elizabeth. England enjoyed the territorial advantage against defending HSBC World Series champions coming close to scoring on several occasions but they could not break through New Zealand's defence in a tightly contested first half. Joe Webber broke the deadlock in the second to put Gordon Tietjens' side through on top of the pool.

Whilst the outcome had no bearing on the top eight, Japan enthralled a vocal crowd with a 17-14 win over Samoa in their final pool match after trailing 14-0 at half time, providing a disappointing end to the day for Dickie Tafua's men, runners-up in the Gold Coast.

Resting a host of stars early in match two after a first-up 24-7 win over Samoa, it took the All Black Sevens the majority of the first half to overcome the tenacious Cherry Blossoms leading 12-0 at the break after tries to Scott Curry in the fifth minute and Kurt Baker on the siren. Once they got going though Japan had no answers, New Zealand crossing for a further three tries for a convincing 29-point win.

England beat Samoa 22-7 to also advance to the quarter finals. After a tight first half where Samoa took the early lead through a converted Lolo Lui try before England's Tom Mitchell reduced the margin to two points at the break. Three tries in the second half, including Mitchell's second and a double to Jeff Williams, gave England just the buffer needed. Simon Amor's side also beat Japan 45-0 with Dan Norton scoring twice in their first match.

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RESULTS

CUP FINAL
South AfricaSOUTH AFRICA 26 - 17 New ZealandNew Zealand

3rd Place Play Off
AustraliaAUSTRALIA 34 - 19 ArgentinaArgentina

Plate Final
FijiFiji 14 - 21 USAUSA

Bowl Final
CanadaCANADA 24 - 5 KenyaKenya

Shield Final
SamoaSamoa 14 - 19 PORTUGALPortugal

Cup Semi Final
nzNEW ZEALAND 29 - 0 ARGENTINAArgentina

Cup Semi Final
saSOUTH AFRICA 19 - 10 AUSTRALIAaustralia

Plate Semi Final
USAUSA 26 - 19 SCOTLANDScottish Rugby

Plate Semi Final
EnglandENGLAND 0 - 31 FIJIfiji

Bowl Semi Final
KenyaKENYA 14 - 12 FRANCEfrance

Bowl Semi Final
WalesWALES 14 - 24 CANADACanada

Shield Semi Final
JapanJAPAN 15 - 24 PORTUGALPortugal

Shield Semi Final
SamoaSAMOA 21 - 14 ZIMBABWEZimbabwe Cheetahs

Cup Quarter Final
ArgentinaARGENTINA 24 - 19 SCOTLANDScottish Rugby

Cup Quarter Final
nzNEW ZEALAND 28 - 7 USAUSA

Cup Quarter Final
fijiFIJI 19 - 31 AUSTRALIAaustralia

Cup Quarter Final
saSOUTH AFRICA 31 - 7 ENGLANDEngland

Bowl Quarter Final
PortugalPORTUGAL 7 - 42 FRANCEfrance

Bowl Quarter Final
JapanJAPAN 12 - 26 KENYAKenya

Bowl Quarter Final
CanadaCANADA 22 - 5 ZIMBABWEZimbabwe Cheetahs

Bowl Quarter Final
WalesWALES 24 - 22 SAMOASamoa


POOLS


POOL A

KenyasaUSAWales

POOL B

australiaArgentinaPortugalZimbabwe Cheetahs

POOL C

CanadafijifranceScottish Rugby

POOL D

EnglandJapannzSamoa


SOUTH AFRICA 36 - 0 WALES
USA 33 - 5 KENYA
NEW ZEALAND 5 - 0 ENGLAND
SAMOA 14 - 17 JAPAN
AUSTRALIA 21 - 31 ARGENTINA
PORTUGAL 19 - 7 ZIMBABWE
FIJI 19 - 12 SCOTLAND
France 24 - 21 CANADA
Wales 12 - 38 USA
SOUTH AFRICA 38 - 7 KENYA
ENGLAND 22 - 7 SAMOA
NEW ZEALAND 29 - 0 JAPAN
ARGENTINA 14 - 7 PORTUGAL
AUSTRALIA 50 - 0 ZIMBABWE
SCOTLAND 19 - 12 FRANCE
FIJI 26 - 7 CANADA
Wales 29 - 5 KENYA
SOUTH AFRICA 26 - 0 USA
ENGLAND 45 - 0 JAPAN
NEW ZEALAND 24 - 7 SAMOA
ARGENTINA 31 - 5 ZIMBABWE
AUSTRALIA 33 - 21 PORTUGAL
SCOTLAND 12 - 14 CANADA
FIJI 45 - 5 FRANCE

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