Las Vegas sevens

Black Ferns Sevens USA champions

Ruby Tui and Tyla Nathan-Wong scored first half tries to give the New Zealand a 14-0 half time lead.

In the second half, solid Australian defence stalled The Black Ferns Sevens' momentum before Portia Woodman came flying in off the left wing.

Two signature side steps and express pace left tacklers floundering in her wake as the game's leading try scorer crossed for try number 135.

19-year old Alena Saili put the result beyond doubt with a try down the left wing before Australia crossed for a late consolation.

All Blacks Sevens into Las Vegas semis

New Zealand bounced back from their narrow 12-10 loss to Argentina in their final pool game on Sunday to run in three tries against England in Las Vegas.

Captain DJ Forbes scored the opening try before fellow veteran Tim Mikkelson ran in a brace.

The All Blacks Sevens will play old foes Fiji in the semi-finals at 11.06am NZT after hosts USA take on series leaders South Africa.


Photo: Photosport Tim Mikkelson 

Men's and Women's pools announced for Las Vegas

The draw for the next stop on the series was made at the end of the HSBC Sydney Sevens, which was won by South Africa. 

The Blitzboks are drawn in Pool A with Wales, France and Canada. 

Beaten finalists in Sydney, England, top Pool B with USA, Samoa and as yet un-named invitational side.

New Zealand, Argentina, Russia and Kenya will battle in out in Pool C and Australia meet Fiji, Japan and Scotland in Pool D from 3-5 March at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Nevada. 

Fiji win in Las Vegas as Samoa settle for Shield

Australia burst out of the blocks to lead 15-0 at halftime after tries to Sam Myers, Ed Jenkins and Cameron Clark, while Fiji had Vatemo Ravouvou sent to the sin bin.

But in the second half it was a different story as Kitione Taliga scored two length of the field runaway tries in the space of a minute to turn the game on its head.

Four qualified for quarters after opening encounters in Las Vegas

Four spots are still up for grabs with the all-important and decisive third round of pool matches taking place on day two before the quarter-finals in Las Vegas, with more record crowds expected after a new day one attendance record of 18,441 turned out.

Sonny Bill Williams left out of squad for Las Vegas Sevens

Coach Sir Gordon Tietjens said in a statement he had chosen to rest Williams, following "pleasing" performances at tournaments in Wellington and Sydney, both won by New Zealand.

Tietjens also left out experienced back Sherwin Stowers when reducing his 14-strong travelling squad to 12 ahead of the three-day tournament starting on Friday.