Flying Fijians go back-to-back, dominate USA to win Hamilton Sevens title

Relive 1 NEWS Now's live coverage of day two of the Hamilton Sevens from FMG Stadium.

FIJ 38-0 USA (Men's final)

It's been all Fiji in the second spell, they go onto score three more tries in the final. They are the 2019 Hamilton Sevens champions.

8:18pm - HALFTIME - FIJ 17-0 USA (Men's final)

TRY! Jerry Tuwai earns his side a crucial turnover around halfway, Fiji's Aminiasi Tuimaba gets his hands on the ball and he races away to score under the sticks for his team's third try of the match. 

8:14pm - 5 mins - FIJ 10-0 USA (Men's final)

TRY! Waisea Nacuqu strolls over to score down the right edge for the Fijian team. Fiji have been unstoppable in these first few minutes of the final, USA are struggling to shut down their offload game.

8:13pm - 3 mins - FIJ 5-0 USA (Men's final)

TRY! The Fijians are off to a flying start, Jerry Tuwai finishes off a great play after two sensational offloads from his teammates around USA's 22m line. The conversion is offline from out wide. 

8:10pm - FIJ 0-0 USA (Men's final)

KICK-OFF! And we are underway with Fiji kicking off to USA!

New Zealand's Stacey Waaka celebrates a try scored by Gayle Broughton during the Day 1 of the Women's Fast Four Tournament 2019, FMG Stadium Waikato,Hamilton, Saturday 26th January 2019. Copyright Photo: Raghavan Venugopal / © 2019
New Zealand's Stacey Waaka celebrates a try scored by Gayle Broughton during the Day 1 of the Women's Fast Four Tournament 2019 in Hamilton. Source: Photosport

7:56pm - NZL 31-0 FRA (Women's final)

HAT-TRICK! Stacey Waaka grabs a quick double to bring up her third try of the match. A fitting end to the match - NZ are the winners defeating France 31-0 and are the Fast Four champions.

7:48pm - 9 mins - NZL 17-0 FRA (Women's final)

TRY! Shakira Baker has no space to work with down the right edge deep inside her own 22 and she manages to break the French defensive line. Baker goes 90 metres to score a fantastic individual try.

7:43pm - 6 mins - NZL 12-0 FRA (Women's final)

TRY! NZ spread the ball to the right side of the field and Stacey Waaka pulls out her lethal right foot step. She leaves her opposite French defender clutching at air around halfway. Waaka puts on the after burners and scores the second try of the match.

7:39pm - 3 mins - NZL 7-0 FRA (Women's final)

TRY! The French had New Zealand back pedalling and it is Michaela Blyde who straightens up the attack. She weaves around her opposite and breaks out of the tackle. There is nobody in front of her and she puts her foot down, she crosses over for the first try of the match. A great play by World Rugby 2018 women's sevens player of the year.

7:31pm - NZL 29-7 SOU

New Zealand have the last say with Sam Dickson strolling over to score down the right edge. The men in black finish in third place after a clinical performance against the Blitzbokke. Up next is the women's final between New Zealand and France.

7:28pm - 12 mins  - NZL 24-7 SOU

TRY! South Africa have a man sent to the bin after a late tackle on a New Zealand player. The All Blacks Sevens march up field and South Africa are penalised again this time for an infringement at the breakdown. NZ have numbers down the right side and they spread the ball wide Joe Ravouvou who scores his first try of the match. 

7:24pm - 9 mins - NZL 19-7 SOU

TRY! Tone Ng Shiu gets his double for the match. Tim Mikkelson has the ball down the left edge deep in South Africa's 22. He is tackled but manages to get an offload to Ng Shiu who then goes over to score.

7:20pm - HALFTIME - NZL 14-7 SOU

The NZ side back pedal and it is Jona Nareki who straightens up his side's attack. He attacks South Africa's defensive line and sucks in two defenders around halfway. Tim Mikkelson calls for it and Nareki delivers a perfect pass for the All Blacks Sevens veteran who races away to score just before the halftime break.

7:17pm - 6 mins - NZL 7-7 SOU

TRY! NZ go from sideline to sideline and Tone Ng Shiu goes into score down the left flank. 

7:15pm - 4 mins - NZL 0-7 SOU

TRY! Siviwe Soyizwapi crosses over to score the first try for South Africa. New Zealand just guilty of ill discipline, it has been all South Africa in the first few minutes of this fixture.


The England women's team overpower China 26-7 and take out third place in the Fast Four tournament. Up next the All Blacks Sevens battle it out with South Africa for third place.


Scotland edge out Samoa 24-19 to win and finish fifth overall in the tournament. The lead changed twice in the final minute of the match with Scotland scoring the match winner late through Jamie Farndale.


England take out the Challenge trophy final, outclassing Kenya 36-7. England scored six tries to Kenya's one.


Tonga have been the surprise team of tournament, they shown they class beating France 33-10. 

4:57pm - FULLTIME - NZL 7-17 USA

USA are into the final after defeating the All Blacks Sevens 17-7. Carlin Isles cemented it for his side with a clever pick and go from the ruck. He backed himself from 25 metres out and scored the match winning try to setup a USA v Fiji final

4:53pm - 10 mins - NZL 7-12 USA

TRY! Steve Tomasin crashes over from close range and USA now retake the lead.

4:46pm - 9 mins - NZL 7-5 USA

SIN BIN! Vilimoni Koroi has had a brain explosion! He has been sent to the bin for a dangerous tackle and NZ are down to just six men.

4:46pm - HALFTIME - NZL 7-5 USA

TRY! Regan Ware makes a huge intercept around halfway and he has one of the fastest players in the circuit chasing him - Carlin Isles. The Kiwi flyer is tackled over the try-line and he has somehow managed to ground the ball close to the try-line. The conversion is good and NZ lead 7-5 at the break.

4:42pm - 4 mins - NZL 0-5 USA

TRY! USA make New Zealand pay for their mistake. The All Blacks Sevens butchered an exit play with Joe Ravouvou forced to ground the ball in his own in-goal leading to a USA 5m scrum. The USA skipper Madison Hughes goes himself down the blindside and scores the first try of the match.

4:36pm - FIJ 29-7 SOU

Fiji cement their spot in the Hamilton Sevens Cup final after a clinical performance against South Africa. Up next NZ take on USA in the second Cup semi-final.

4:24pm - FIJ 19-0 SOU

HALFTIME - It's been all Fiji in the first spell, with the crowd favourites scoring two quick tries in the first four minutes. Things got worse for South Africa when Kyle Brown was sent to the bin for a dangerous tackle in the final minute of the first half. Fiji took advantage of South Africa's poor discipline with Vilimoni Botitu crossing over to score down the left edge.


Scotland prove too good for Australia, coming out on top with a 24-14 win. Up next the Blitzbokke take on the defending champions Fiji in the first Cup semi-final.


Samoa secure themselve a gritty 28-19 win over a good Canadian side. Up next Australia take on Scotland


The Black Ferns Sevens will face Frane in the final after the French overpowered England 24-12.


The Black Ferns Sevens team are through to the final and will take on the winner out of England and France's fixture who are up now.

3:02pm: FULLTIME - NZL 41-0 CHI (Women's)

TRY! Black Ferns Sevens star Michaela Blyde has the last say, after China's defence breaks down again. Blyde pounces on the ball and races away for another try for NZ under the goal posts.

2:59pm: 12 mins - NZL 34-0 CHI (Women's)

HAT-TRICK! Alena Saili gets a triple! It all started with nice break by Stacey Waaka around halfway, she throws a loose pass back on the inside and Saili is there to clean up. Alena Saili has no defenders in front of her and she goes all the way to score under the sticks.

2:57pm: 10 mins - NZL 27-0 CHI (Women's)

TRY! Shakira Baker is in for second! NZ lose control of the ball on China's 22m line but it has gone backwards. Baker regathers the ball hesitates but then puts on a little jink before racing away to score down the right flank.

2:55pm: 8 mins - NZL 22-0 CHI (Women's)

TRY! Gayle Broughton's first touch and she goes over to score untouched under the posts. China had the throw in on NZ's 40m line but they botch it. Ruby Tui regathers the ball and gives it to Broughton, China's defence rushes Broughton but she gets past them with a wicked side-step. There is no one in front of her and she speeds away to score NZ's fourth try of the match.

2:51pm: HALFTIME - NZL 15-0 CHI (Women's)

Alena Saili scores her second try of the match after China are caught short down the left edge. Things got a bit messy in the last minute of the first spell for NZ but they manage to summon a try just before the break. NZ lead 15-0 at halftime.

2:48pm: 6 mins - NZL 10-0 CHI (Women's)

TRY! Shakira Baker does it herself. At about halfway she decides to take on the Chinese defence, she steps in then out and speeds away on the outside of her opposite.

2:46pm: 3 mins - NZL 5-0 CHI (Women's)

TRY! Kat Whata-Simpkins weaves between three defenders before offloading the ball to Niall Williams just inside China's 40m line. Williams recognises the space down the left edge and she gives the ball to Alena Saili. Saili is too fast and strong and she goes into score in the left hand corner. The conversion is offline from out wide. 

2:42pm: NZL 0-0 CHI (Women's)

KICK-OFF! And we are underway with the Black Ferns Sevens kicking off to China.


England are too strong for Spain 38-7, up next New Zealand women's take on China.


Kenya advance through to the Challenge Trophy final after outclassing Argentina 24-7. In the next Trophy semi-final Spain take on England. 

Fiji's Waisea Nacuqu in action during the Day 1 of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019, FMG Stadium Waikato,Hamilton, Saturday 26th January 2019. Copyright Photo: Raghavan Venugopal / © 2019
Fiji's Waisea Nacuqu in action during the Day 1 of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 in Hamilton. Source: Photosport


Into the challenge semi-finals now, Argentina will face Kenya. Following that, Spain and England will lock horns.


France turn on the style. They down Wales 35-19 in a high scoring affair to advance to the 13th place play-off.


Tonga blow Japan off the park, and will play off for 13th after a 31-7 win. 

They'll face the winner of Wales and France, who play next.


First up in the play-offs for 13th to 16th, is Japan against Tonga.


The USA advance with a 19-14 win. They advance, and will face New Zealand in the semis.

Here's how they'll look:

Play-off 5th/8th:

3:26pm: Canada v Samoa
3:48pm: Australia v Scotland

Cup semi-finals

4:16pm: Fiji v South Africa
4:38pm: New Zealand v USA


The last quarter-final sees the USA up against Scotland. The winner will take on the hosts in the semis.

12:44pm: FULLTIME - NZ 24 AUS 17

TRY! Australia finish strong, with Josh Coward crossing over to score after the siren. The conversion hits the post and goes over. 

But that's that. NZ through to the semi-finals. Australia get in some good minutes before their home tournament in Sydney next week.

12:42pm: 14+1 mins - NZ 24 AUS 10

TRY! Lewis Holland scores in the corner for Australia, but it's little more than a consolation.

12:41pm: 14 mins - NZ 24 AUS 5

Australia desperate to score. Holland tries to jink through as NZ happy to defend. A loose offload sees NZ turn the ball over, but Ravouvou knocks the ball on from his own line. Australia will have a scrum, but in reality, there's no way they'll have enough time for a win.

12:37pm: 12 mins - NZ 24 AUS 5

TRY! NZ hit back straight away! Mikkelson steps and beats his man, races away to score to the left hand side of the posts. 

The conversion is good.

12:36pm: 10 mins - NZ 17 AUS 5

TRY! Australia with the first real  attack of the second spell. Longbottom steps and passes to Kennewell, who somehow stays in to ground the ball in the corner. The kick is short, NZ still lead by 12.

12:33pm: 8 mins - NZ 17 AUS 0

We're back, Sam Dickson has had his nose fixed, and returns to the field. NZ kick off.

12:31pm: HALFTIME - NZ 17 AUS 0

TRY! Brilliant! Collier gets up to steal the lineout, before finding Mikkelson. He pops the ball out to Ware, this time on the left, who steps back in and scores to end the first half.

Knewstubb nails the conversion from wide. That's halftime. NZ in control.

12:30pm: 7+1 mins - NZ 10 AUS 0

NZ with another chance now from the scrum. Molia makes a burst, before finding Nareki outside him. Australia with unreal defence to save the try, and force a lineout.

12:29pm: 7 mins - NZ 10 AUS 0

Australia look to get something from the first half. Knewstubb wins a turnover, and a scrum as Australia knock the ball on.

Sam Dickson is blood-binned with a very broken nose.

12:27pm: 6 mins - NZ 10 AUS 0

TRY! Jona Nareki makes a great run at the Australian line, he's tackled short, but momentum looks to have carried him over to score. The ref checks with the TMO, it's good, Nareki doubles NZ's lead.

Knewstubb can't get the kick to come back around. NZ up by 10.

12:25pm: 4 mins - NZ 5 AUS 0

TRY! Dickson goes hard at the line, before being tackled. Collier takes the ball quickly and dives over out on the left. NZ open the scoring, but can't convert.

12:24pm: 3 mins - NZ 0 AUS 0

Molia with the ball and he makes good ground. Dickson has a run before the All Blacks Sevens go wide to Collier. Knewstubb sends the ball out to the right wing, before Molia goes infield and slices through. Mikkelson offloads to Dickson, New Zealand right in front of the posts. 

Ware throws a pass, but Longbottom tries to intercept, knocks on and is shown yellow.

12:22pm: 1 min - NZ 0 AUS 0

Australia win their own kick-off, as Anderson makes a break down the right hand side, he looks for an inside pass, but can't find a teammate as the ball goes forward.

NZ scrum.

12:21pm: KICK OFF - NZ 0 AUS 0

Australia get things rolling, we're away in the quarter-finals.


The teams make their way to the field. New Zealand are without captain Scott Curry, Tim Mikkelson leads in his absence.


South Afirca make a statement with a 28-19 win, and will face Fiji in the semi-finals.

Next up, the All Blacks Sevens against Australia.


Next up, South Africa v Samoa to find out who'll face Fiji in the semis. 


Canada manage a slight comeback in the second half, but Fiji stroll to a 33-7 win and move into the semi-finals.


Next, we're into the cup quarter-finals. Starting with powerhouses Fiji, up against Canada.


Full time in the challenge trophy quarter-finals. England take that one 21-5. That sorts out how the early afternoon will look:

Play-off 13th/16th

1:10pm: Japan v Tonga
1:32pm: Wales v France

Challenge semi-finals

1:54pm: Argentina v Kenya
2:16pm: Spain v England


Next up, England v France.


Spain hold out for a 19-10 upset win.


Next up, an all-European affair, with Wales up against Spain.


Kenya score right at the death to take the win 19-12.


That's it then, an easy win for Argentina, taking a 35-0 victory. Next up, Kenya v Tonga.


A good start from both sides, however Argentina are up 21-0 at the break, with the second half about to start.


Good morning! We're into it straight away, with Argentina taking on Japan.


After a hectic opening day, we're back at the Hamilton leg of the World Sevens series.

With wins over Japan, Canada and Spain, the All Blacks Sevens finished their opening day unbeaten, setting up a tantalising trans-Tasman quarter-final against Australia.

For the Black Ferns Sevens, a narrow win over England was followed up with another against France, meaning they'll head into their final pool game against China later this afternoon.


Challenge trophy quarter-finals:

10.00am: Argentina v Japan
10.22am: Kenya v Tonga
10.44am: Spain v Wales
11.06am: England v France

Cup quarter-finals:

11.36am: Fiji v Canada
11.58am: South Africa v Samoa
12.20pm: New Zealand v Australia
12.42pm: USA v Scotland

Play-off 13th/16th

1:10pm: Japan v Tonga
1:32pm: Wales v France

Challenge semi-finals

1:54pm: Argentina v Kenya
2:16pm: Spain v England

Women's fast-four

2.42pm: Black Ferns Sevens v China
3.04pm: England v France