Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

New Zealand Sevens round-up: Southern Hemisphere domination continues with Fiji victory

New Zealand Sevens round-up: Southern Hemisphere domination continues with Fiji victory

The Kiwis crossed twice before McConnochie got his second score of the game and in a match which ebbed and flowed before a Scott Curry try eventually secured the win for the hosts.

Despite injuries to several first-choice including inspirational captain Philip Snyman, South Africa's Blitzboks moved down their opposition like true champions to reach the Hamilton Sevens final.

This is, however, an improvement from the first two legs of the HSBC World Seven Series.

Naduva bagged a hat-trick to give his side a slender advantage heading into the final minute, before Eroni Sau clinched victory late on.

In Saturday's earlier matches, the Kiwis demolished France 52-7, while a Koroi playmaking masterclass guided them to a 24-5 win over Scotland.

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team tops Pool A for the US 7s in Las Vegas on March 2-4.

Hamilton heartbreak for Samoa
NZ knocked out of Sevens by Fiji

THERE was heart-break for the Blitzboks in Hamilton yesterday when they seemed to have the final against Fiji won only to succumb in the second half but the good news is that the South Africans are top of the World Series.

In claiming its first World Series title since Hong Kong in April last year, looked again like the team that claimed the first Olympic gold medal in sevens in Rio de Janeiro two years ago.

"I did not expect for us to score two tries, but I thank God that today (Sunday) the Lord helped me off-load to him at the right time, not once but twice, to help us win".

New Zealand lost the bronze final in the final moments of the match against Australia, a penalty kick was the defining moment in the match, for New Zealand to have to settle for fourth place, losing by just one point.

Shujaa finished sixth in Hamilton and collected an improved 12 points despite losing the fifth place final to a resilient Samoa who laid revenge for a 19-14 loss to the Kenyans in the group face ties.

Meanwhile Papua New Guinea showed strong improvement from Sydney, thrashing France 35-0 0 before being outgunned 42-12 against the United States to finish a credible 11th.

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