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The second and final day of Gold Coast Sevens Fever Pitch has kicked off at Skilled Park ahead of a huge line-up of highly anticipated Rugby Sevens finals this afternoon.
The first round of the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series has already seen an electrifying display of world-class Sevens action on day 1 yesterday at Skilled Park.
Canada and Portugal were the first to run out onto the sun-drenched pitch at Skilled Park this morning. Canada started the day strong scoring the first three tries in the game, denying Portugal of any points in the first half.
Despite some promising attempts by Portugal in the second half, the Canadians continued to dominant through to the final siren claiming all points in the match.
It was a fiery battle between the English and the Scots next with some impressive passing and a few intimidating tries. England managed to keep the Scots away from their try line enough to take the game from them with 35 points to 7.
Team USA came out blazing with a runaway try against Wales. The Welsh weren’t intimidated however, scrambling their way back before another try and successful conversion to the US brought the two teams within four points of each other at half-time.
The two teams answered each other’s tries in the second half but it was the Welsh with slightly more skill to bring the game to 27 – 19 in their favour.
The Spanish were impressive in their first match on Day 2, despite a hungry looking Tongan squad. A few stumbles by the Tongans gave Spain the advantage and their first win of the tournament as they took the win 24 – 7.
A strong South African side ran out onto the pitch against the French. Whilst France managed to cross the line with good-looking tries in the dying minutes of the first and second halves, it wasn’t enough to stop the South African squad’s dominance who won 26 – 14.
The Fiji supporters weren’t shy to show their support for last year’s defending Champions as they ran out onto the field to face Samoa. It was a game of intense physicality and excitement as the Fijians grabbed the first points of the game with a runaway try after stealing the ball from the Samoan’s possession.
Despite a last minute successful try after the final siren to a relentless Samoan side, the Fijians proved they were the better performers winning the game 19 - 7.
The matchup between Argentina and New Zealand proved it’s highly anticipated worth with just 5 points on the board to New Zealand at the half way siren.
Seconds after the siren sounded Argentina raced towards the try line. With a miraculous kick over the top and resulting try from the number 12, Argentina then found themselves two points above the Kiwis. After just one more try to New Zealand in the second half they took the game home by 12 points to Argentina’s 7.
The crowd roared once more as the Aussie home team ran out to face the fast-paced Kenyans. In another match full of tense action the scores were tied 7 all at half time.
The Kenyans were too fast for the Aussies as they sprinted past for two tries in the second half and, in the end, defeated them by 19 points to 14.
Catch all the post-match interviews at MyRugby TV.
Day 2 of Gold Coast Sevens Fever Pitch continues today with a line-up of thrilling finals action expected this afternoon at Skilled Park.
Results and the draw from Day 2 so far are detailed below.
DAY 2 results:
¼ Finals Bowl
Canada (3rd Pool A), 31 defeated Portugal (4th Pool D), 0
England (3rd Pool C), 35 defeated Scotland (4th Pool B), 7
Wales (3rd Pool D), 27defeated USA (4th Pool A), 19
Tonga (3rd Pool B), 7 defeated by Spain (4th Pool C), 19
¼ Finals Cup
South Africa (1st Pool A), 26 defeated France (2nd Pool D), 14
Samoa (1st Pool C), 7 defeated by Fiji (2nd Pool B), 19
Argentina (1st Pool D), 7 defeated by New Zealand (2nd Pool A), 12
Australia (1st Pool B), 14 defeated by Kenya (2nd Pool C), 19
Portugal (Loser #25) v Scotland (Loser #26)
USA (Loser #27) v Tonga (Loser #28)
Canada (Winner #25) v England (Winner #26)
Wales (Winner #27) v Spain (Winner #28)
France (Loser #29) v Samoa (Loser #30)
Argentina (Loser #31) v Australia (Loser #32)
South Africa (Winner #29) v Fiji (Winner #30)
New Zealand (Winner #31) v Kenya (Winner #32)
Winner #33 v Winner #34
Winner #35 v Winner #36
Winner #37 v Winner #38
Loser #39 v Loser #40
Winner #39 v Winner #40
Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch is proudly brought to the Gold Coast through a partnership between ARU, the Queensland Government through Events Queensland and Gold Coast City Council.
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