We've reached the end of day two of RWC Sevens 2013 Moscow and the Cup quarter finalists for RWC Sevens 2013 men's and women's tournaments are now known.

  • South Africa v Fiji, Kenya v France, England v Australia, New Zealand v Wales will be the men's Cup quarter finals.
  • New Zealand v England, USA v Ireland, Russia v Canada, Australia v Spain will be the Cup quarter finals in the women's tournament
  • Russia women draw with France so must wait for final match against England to see if they qualify for Cup quarters.
  • Join us from 09:15 Moscow time on Sunday for more live coverage and live updates. It's going to be a cracker!



Thanks for joining us on a dramatic day of action at RWC Sevens 2013.

Don't forget to join us again on Sunday when we will find out who will win the men's and women's tournament at RWC Sevens 2013!

The quarter finals have been set after an enthralling day of action on day two of the Rugby World Cup Sevens.

This has been a humdinger of a match! England's Marlie Packer responds for England, but the conversion is missed so Russia defeat England 17-15!

Russia win Pool D and will play Canada in the Cup quarters.

England, second in Pool D, will play New Zealand in their Cup quarter.


Russia try! Baizat Khamidova breaks through after Russia keep possession in their own 22. Russia will win Pool D, as it stands, with England in second. Russia 17-10 England.


Great start for Russia in the second half Ekaterina Kazakova outsprints the England defence to score the try. Russia and England now level at 10-10 in this women's Pool D decider. As it stands, England and Russia will both qualify for the Cup quarters.


Russia realise they must respond in this Pool D decider to get into the Cup quarter finals and they do - Marina Petrova barging over after sustained pressure.

England lead Russia 10-5 at half time and, as it stands, England will qualify as pool winners and France as runners up.


Second try for England - this time it's Claire Allan. England lead Russia 10-0.


Try for England! Michaela Staniford is the provider, offloading to Kat Merchant, who only needs to touch down to score. England lead Russia 5-0 with 2 mins to go in the first half.


What a tackle and stripping of ball by England's Claire Allan! Russia's Nadezda Kudinova looks odds on to score in the left corner, but Allan tracks her down, tackles her, gets up and rips the ball away. Great play.


Russia need to win to ensure they qualify for the quarter finals. England are already qualified as they defeated France earlier on day one of the women's tournament.


Waiting in the tunnel are England and Russia for the final match at the Luzhniki Stadium. This will decide who wins Pool D in the women's tournament


Victoria Folayan confirms USA as Pool C winners with a try in the right corner. USA defeat Spain 19-7 and will play Ireland in the Cup quarter finals of the women's tournament, whilst Spain will face Australia.


It's been all USA for the last few mins against Spain in the women's competition. Spain break out, but after a great tackle by Victoria Folayan, Vanesha McGee breaks away to score. USA lead Spain 12-7 with a minute remaining.

Can these Aussie fans see the action? Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima


The official hashtag at the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow.
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The winner of the women's match now on between USA and Spain will face Ireland in the Cup quarter finals. The loser will play Australia.


Spain get the try that their first half pressure has arguably deserved when Barbara Pla finshes off a break from their own 22. Spain lead USA 7-5 at half time and will be Pool C winners, as it stands.


Christy Ringgenberg uses her pace to sprint around the Spain defence and touch down in the left corner. USA lead 5-0 with a couple of minutes remaining in the first half.


Spain on top early on against USA in Pool C of the women's, but the USA defence holds firm. 0-0 with four minutes to go in the first half.


Next up we have the Pool C decider in the women's tournament between USA and Spain.


Men's tournament reaction...

Vasily Artemyev, Russia: "Positive energy for tomorrow. We dug deep in the second half to come back into it. Respect to the crowd, we got the 12 points back, but unfortunately we didn't get the win for them, but we will take it all tomorrow and come from minute one and put pressure on the other team."


And it finishes Russia 12-12 Japan. A great comeback by the hosts in the second half!


The noise level increase again! Russia attack again and Igor Ianiushkin sells a cute dummy to dive over from close range. We're all level here at 12-12 between Russia and Japan with seconds remaining.


Now the Luzhniki is rocking! Igor Galinovskiy picks a great line on half way and has too much pace for the Japan defence to dot down under the posts. Japan lead Russia 12-7 with two mins remaining.


The crowd become deflated moments into the second half when Japan's Seiyu Kohara has the strength to carry two Russian defenders over the line to score the ty. Japan lead 12-0 over Russia now.


Katsuyuki Sakai opens the scoring for Japan against Russia, capitalising on a quick tap penalty 5m from the Russian line. 5-0 to Japan at half time in the men's tournament.


This IS the Cup final for Russia and Japan. Both teams desperate for the win. 0-0 so far and the crowd really getting into it! Two mins to go in the first half.


Next up, it's the final men's game of day two and a chance for Russia to record their first win of the tournament, against Japan, also looking for their first victory.


So, subject to final confirmation, the men's Cup quarter finals will be:

  • South Africa v Fiji
  • Kenya v France
  • England v Australia
  • New Zealand v Wales

Some tasty match ups there then!


Beautiful flick pass by Cheslin Kolbe leads to a simple try for Sampie Mastriet. South Africa defeat Scotland 41-0 and will be top seeds in the Cup quarters.


Fact: South Africa men are yet to concede a point at #RWCs 2013.

They now lead Scotland 36-0 as we reach the end of the second half. South Africa look odds on to be top seeds now in the Cup quarters.


Reaction from the women's tournament...

Australia's Tiana Penitani, scorer of six tries today after win over RSA: "It was crucial, everyone wants to win their three pool games because it puts you in a better position for the second day which will obviously be the hardest day.

"We have worked really hard and we are very confident in ourselves. I guess it was a non-negotiable for us."


South Africa lead Scotland 17-0 at half time in the men's tournament. South Africa are on to be top seeds at the end of the pool phase as it stands.


It doesn't take long for Cecil Afrika to add a second for South Africa. Too much pace for the Scotland defence and the Boks lead 12-0.


Wow what a start! South Africa's Sampie Mastriet outpaces the Scotland defence and scampers down the left wing to touch down. South Africa lead Scotland 5-0 with one minute gone.


Australia's Emilee Cherry scores as the final hooter sounds to round off a convincing 29-0 win over South Africa. Australia win Pool B, ahead of Ireland. Both teams qualify for the Cup quarter finals.


More women's reaction...

Canada’s Ghislaine Landy after the loss to NZ: “The first two games today were good. We worked on our process and the wins came. In the last game against New Zealand we forgot about them a bit.

"We knew we were in a tough pool but you have to beat the best to be the best so we go onto tomorrow and aim to get better. We will look at some game film tonight and get back to basics.”


Women's tournament reaction..

Kayla McAlister from New Zealand: "There is a great buzz about the squad and it’s great to get the three wins. We’ve worked hard on our defence so to concede just one was great. Tonight is about resting up and recovery and looking ahead and getting ready for tomorrow.

"We had to be a bit louder in the main stadium but it was great to play here. We feel pretty good playing in this weather and it’s suited us."


Tiani Penitani shows great pace to sprint away from the South Africa defence moments into the second half. Australia now lead 17-0.


Australia have had all the possession and territory in the first half, and they score two tries. Emilee Cherry is first before the South Africa defence runs out after a sustained spell of Aussie pressure. Tiani Penitani darts down the blind side to add to her haul of tries today. Australia lead South Africa 10-0 at the break.


We're off between Australia and South Africa in Pool B of the women's tournament. Remember, the winner will join Ireland in qualifying for the Cup quarters.


And that's a hat trick for New Zealand's Portia Woodman, this time scoring in the left hand corner after good handling by her team mates. New Zealand take Pool A in the women's tournament, defeating Canada 20-5.

Next up, it's the women's Pool B match between Australia and South Africa, to decide who will join Ireland in qualifying for the Cup quarters.


Reaction from the men's tournament...

Luke Morahan, Australia: "A bit disappointed to have the draw, we switched off a little bit in the second half. We played pretty well in the first two games but just let us down a little bit at the end.

"It is good to get through, hopefully we get through the quarters tomorrow and get Lewis (Holland) back, he is really good for us. It is pretty hot here, but we are used to that in Australia and we have experience in heat like this."


Portia Woodman users her power and pace to touch down in the corner. New Zealand now lead Canada 15-5 and look good for top spot in Pool A.


It's New Zealand 10-5 Canada at half time in the women's Pool A decider.


Portia Woodman adds a second for New Zealand against Canada in the women's tournament, before Mandy Marchak grabs one back for Canada. 10-5 to NZ and game on!

Kelly Brazier of New Zealand at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013. Photo: Judy Teasdale.



From the men's to a dramatic women's match in store now as New Zealand take on Canada to decide who wins Pool A of the women's tournament.


It's all over between Australia and France in Pool A of the men's tournament and it finishes 17-17. That means Australia qualify for the Cup quarter finals as winners of Pool A, whilst France will qualify as one of the two best runners up.


And Terry Bouhraoua adds a drop kick penalty from just outside the 22 - an unusual sight in sevens. But that means it is Australia 17-17 France and France have a chance of getting into the Cup quarters now.


But did we speak too soon? France score two tries in two minutes! Terry Bouhraoua dots down first before Jean Marcellin Buttin repeats the job. Now it's Australia 17-14 France with 2 mins to go.


TRY for Shannon Walker. Australia looking good to top Pool A and claim a Cup quarter final berth in the men's tournament now. They lead France 17-0.


We're back underway in the second half of this crucial Pool A men's match between Australia and France. Australia lead 10-0.


France look like they are away but Paul Albaladejo is penalised for holding an Australian player back. A minute later Albaladejo is penalised again and receives a yellow card. Australia lead France 10-0 at half time.


Post match reaction with Ben Ryan, England men's coach after win over Argentina: "You can see in our preparation it is very different to the World Series. They are desperate to try and emulate the guys that were their heroes 20 years ago. It means a huge amount. There is a lot of legacy and the guys have to make sure they do the shirt proud tomorrow."


A superb pass from Tahs flyhalf Bernard Foley puts Luke Morahan into space and the Queensland speedster sprints away for a stunning score. Australia lead 10-0 and are Cup quarter finals bound ... at this stage.


A great take from Sean McMahon from the kick off and Australia win the ball back. It comes wide to Luke Morahan and the Reds winger sprints away to score. Australia lead 5-0 after two minutes.


Welcome to live updates from day two of RWC Sevens 2013 Moscow!

  • Men's and women's Cup quarter finalists to be decided today
  • Kenya, New Zealand, Wales and England are the first men's teams through to Cup quarter-finals.
  • Russia women draw with France so must wait for final match against England to see if they qualify for Cup quarters.
  • Get involved using #RWC7s



Argentina attack well after the siren but England's defence is too good and they hold on to win 14-12 and book their place in the Cup quarter finals. Next up the decider in Pool A - Australia vs France.


Argentina nearly score but the ball goes loose just as they are going over the line. So close! England still lead 14-12 - 50 seconds left!


Argentina hit back through tries to Francisco Merello and Javier Rojas and now they trail England 14-12. Pumas are still alive!


Half time here in Match 33 of the Men's Tournament and England lead Argentina 14-0 through tries to Mat Turner and speed machine Dan Norton. The Pumas chances of reaching the Cup quarter finals look slim at this stage.


We got some reaction from France player Christelle le Duff who kicked the excellent convertion earlier to level a crucial game with Russia: “We knew we needed to get a good result against Russia to try and get to the Quarter Finals. I wasn’t nervous taking the kick – I knew we needed to get it and I just needed to concentrate. There was a lot of noise in the crowd and there was pressure from the fans but it was ok! It would be incredibly positive for us if we could get to the last eight but we need to wait on another result. It is going to be really tough from here on. We are unpredictable and we will see what happens!”


Full time in Match 20 in the women's competition and France have beaten Japan 43-0. France's tryscorers were doubles to Camille Grassineau and Caroline Ladagnous and singles to Shannon Izar, Anais Lagougine and Laura Delas. Will it be enough for France to reach the Cup QF ... it will unless Russia avoid defeat against England in the final match of day two.


And now back to the men's tournament and Argentina must beat England to have any chance of reaching the Cup quarter finals. If you're wondering who it is in the black, yellow and multi-coloured strip - it's England.

Kenya celebrating after scoring a try at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013. (Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima)



Phil Snyman of South Africa in action during the BlitzBokke's 33-0 win over Japan at the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow. (Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima)



Chris Neill, Brazil coach, on the heart stopping victory over Fiji: "I am delighted to beat Fiji. I thought we should have beaten USA earlier and that was disappointing so great to end the day with a win. We thought Fiji would tire and they did. We are not here to make up numbers and if you put heart and soul into it you can beat anyone. We played some good rugby today. We have a bit of a mental block with Spain and we lost there – we need to change that. But we are looking forward to tomorrow. We have our own gold medal target."


Brazil need a late try to snatch a famous victory and right on the bell they get it through Tais Balconi who snatches a famous victory for Brazil! They defeat Fiji 17-14.


Pocket rocket Edna Santini races away for a thrilling score for Brazil and they now trail Fiji 14-12. Earlier Fiji's second try was scored by Talica Vodo after good lead up work from Rusila Nagasau.

Russia's Victor Gresev tries to break through the Scotland defence on day two of the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow. Scotland won the match 21-5. (Photo: Ludmila Bochkova)



We are now back to the women's tournament with Fiji taking on Brazil. Rusila Nagasau scores for Fiji but then Brazil hit back through Julia Sarda and it's all locked up at 7-7.

Kat Merchant of England on the attack at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in the 15-0 win over France. (Photo: Judy Teasdale.)



Jasa Veremalua scores for Fiji and it's 19-14 to Wales with 33 seconds left. Wales win a scrum and kick it out. They win 19-14 and the defending champions are into the Cup quarter finals after winning all three matches! Fiji now must wait to see if they qualify as one of the top two runners up from the Pool stages.


Wales score again through Lee Williiams and in a double blow to Fiji Metuisela Talebula is yellow carded for a late tackle. Wales lead 19-7 and Fiji on the rack.


Alex Webber steps through to score for Wales and they now lead Fiji 12-7. Another upset on the cards? The defending RWC7s champions fighting for their lives.


A try to Gareth Davies and those are the first points Fiji have conceded in the tournament. Fiji lead Wales 7-5.


More reaction from the women’s competition. China coach Hongjun Zheng spoke to us after the loss to Ireland: “We have a very young team and we will get better. We improved throughout the day. Many of our players are making their debut for us and tomorrow we hope they will have learned from the losses today and improve again further.”


A yellow card to Adam Warren from Wales and Levani Botia charges away to score for Fiji. So fast for a big man! The conversion is good and Fiji lead 7-0.


Reaction from Irish women's captain Claire Molloy who led her side to two wins and a loss today: “We were happy with the two wins. We started well against South Africa despite going down to an early try. Australia were just fantastic. We didn’t have enough space and they got ground and got behind us. It was great to get the win against China in the main stadium and we are delighted to finish off with a win. It would be amazing to be in the top eight – it is what are aiming for and what we are here for. We want to be playing in the top competitions.”


And David Raikuna scores for the All Blacks Sevens. Normal service is resumed. Kaka converts and New Zealand lead USA 26-19. And there's the full time horn - New Zealand had a scare against the feisty USA but in the end they are through to the Cup quarter finals.


New Zealand get a penalty try as Nick Edwards holds Gillies Kaka back after a kick. Kaka converts and moments later Tim Mikkelson is in. Another conversion to Kaka and in a blink of an eye it's 19-all!


New Zealand attack and a long run from Sam Dickson ends with a crunching tackle from the Eagles. Sam goes off injured. Let's hope he's alright.


Another try to USA to Nick Edwards and the Eagles lead the mighty New Zealand 19-5. Amazing scenes!


New Zealand attack late in the half but the USA hold on and go to the break 12-5 ahead. If the Eagles win the All Blacks may miss the quarter finals. Incredible!


And suddenly the Eagles are in the lead. A great try to Matt Hawkins and the US lead 12-5 with ninety seconds left in the first half! Crowd chants USA! USA! USA!


Sherwin Stowers scores to put New Zealand up 5-0 but Nick Edwards shows amazing speed to outsprint the All Blacks cover defence and make it 5-5! Great match.


Back to the men's action with New Zealand up against USA. A win will be enough to get the All Blacks Sevens into the Cup quarter finals will the USA need to win by 17 points to definitely qualify.


In the women's competition, Ireland battled past a spirited China 28-10 with Alison Miller scoring two of their four tries. The Irish women now have to wait and hope that Australia beat South Africa in the other Pool B match in order to reach the Cup QFs.


Ireland are now battling with China in the second game in the main stadium. They need to win and hope Australia beat South Africa to qualify for the Cup Quarters. Ireland lead 21-10 with three minutes left.


Netherlands women won their first game of the weekend with a 26-3 win over Tunisia. Tunisian captain Ikhlas Abida scored their first points of the weekend with a penalty.

Brazil in action in their match against the USA which they narrowly loss 12-7. (Photo: Judy Teasdale.)


Ireland take the ball up in their 12-5 win over South Africa at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow today. (Photo: Judy Teasdale.)




Mike Friday, Kenya coach, on being the first side through to the quarters: "I am relieved, credit to my boys. They have gone out there and performed. They put in three professional performances, none more so than against Samoa who are the most experienced team here, full of stars. This gives us an opportunity now to come back tomorrow in the quarter finals. The boys can now relax a little earlier, get the recovery right and they can smile, which is important to have that mental relief which the earlier you can get it the better. I am really proud of them."


Netherlands are on the way to their first win today in the women's competition as they lead Tunisia 14-0. Tries from Van Rossum and Hielckert have seen them to a nice halftime lead.


Moments later Annemarije van Rossum scores from close range. The conversion is good and the Netherlands lead Tunisia 7-0.


Nicole Kwee races away and seems certain to score for the Netherlands but Tunisia save the try through a great try saving tackle.


The women's sides are all now over at the mains stadium with Netherlands and Tunisia kicking off the final round of pool games shortly. The story of the women's competition so far is that Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Russia, Canada, England and USA are unbeaten so far.


Kenya score and Mike Friday and his boys dance for joy. Michael Wanjala scoots down the left hand touchline and Kenya win 17-12 and become the first team through to the Cup quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup Sevens here in Moscow!


But Samoa are on the attack, and Lio Lolo scores his second try. Tragedy for Kenya! But the conversion is missed and it's 12-all. Two minutes left.


Play is in Samoa's 22, time running out. Crowd is chanting: "Let's go Kenya! Let's go!"


Samoa hit back with a try to Lio Lolo which is converted by Alatasi Tupou. Samoa back in it trailing 12-7, four minutes to go.


A try saving tackle from Collins Injera from Kenya on Faatoina Autagavaia and somehow Kenya hold on. Now Willy Ambaka sprints away to extend Kenya's lead. And Biko Adema lands the conversion from the touchline. Great play Kenya! They lead 12-0 at Half Time and look Cup quarter finals bound.


Now it's the crucial Pool C clash between Samoa and Kenya. The winner will definitely qualify for the quarter finals as Pool C winners. Kenya are on the board early and listen to the crowd cheer! A try to Humphrey Kayange and Kenya lead Samoa 5-0.


Chadi Jabri races away for another try, his third of the tournament. A great performance from the Tunisian speedster. And now right on full time Aymen Gloulou races away for a try and the scores are tied up at 24-all. Chemseddine Khalifa converts and Tunisia have won! They defeat Spain 26-24. Huge upset here at #RWC7s in Moscow! Go Tunisia!


Tunisia get the scoring underway in the second half with a try to Chemseddine Khalifa which he also converts. But Spain hit back with a second try to Glen Lewis Rolls and they now lead 24-12 with two minutes remaining.

IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset at the opening ceremony of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow yesterday. (Photo: Ludmila Bochkova)



And another try to Spain to Glen Lewis Rolls, in the same corner. This time Heredia hits the post with the conversion and Spain lead 19-5 over Tunisia at half time.


Tunisia hit back with a well taken try to Chadi Jabri, his second of the day and it's Spain 7 Tunisia 5. But Spain are in again in the left hand corner through Jaike Carter. The conversion from the touchline is good. Magnificent! Spain now lead 14-5.


Now it's Spain vs Tunisia and Spain open the scoring through a nice chip and chase to Julen Goia Iriberri. The try is converted and Spain lead 7-0 after three minutes.


In the women's competition, the final match at Gorodok Stadium for today saw England comfortable 39-0 winners over Japan. Michaela Staniford scored two of the tries, although Japan battled to the finish despite playing the whole second half with just six players after Yume Okuroda was sent off


Somehow Hong Kong work it wide to Yiu Kam Shing and they score the winning try with the last play of the match. Incredible! Hong Kong have beaten Portugal 17-14. Amazing result.


Aderito Esteves is yellow carded and Alex McQueen scores for Hong Kong. The conversion is missed and it's 14-10 with just twenty seconds left.


A try to Portugal to Goncalo Foro to put them up 14-0 but Hong Kong hit back with a try to Lee Jones. Portugal lead 14-5 with two minutes left in the second half.

Dancers at the "space-age themed" opening ceremony of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 on Friday. (Photo: Ludmila Bochkova)



In the women's competition, France staged a remarkable comeback to draw 26-26 with Russia. The hosts had led 26-7 but tries from Shannon Izar and a Fanny Horta double silenced the crowd.

Christelle Le Duff then held her nerve and jumped for joy at landing to conversion to tie it up 26-26.


Tonga haven't let up on Uruguay as they defeat the South Americans 36-0 to record their first victory in the men's tournament at RWC Sevens 2013.


Tonga now comfortably ahead against Uruguay, 24-0, in the men's tournament, with four minutes remaining.

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