New Zealand Sevens round-up: Southern Hemisphere domination continues with Fiji victory
Feb 06 2018
"It's been a tough two weeks for us as a programme losing out in the quarter-final stages - we aspire to be better than that", said Head of England Sevens Simon Amor.
Fiji celebrate at the final whistle.
The Kiwis crossed twice before McConnochie got his second score of the game and in a match which ebbed and flowed before a Scott Currytry eventually secured the win for the hosts.
Fiji beat South Africa in the final in Hamilton.
The New Zealand Rugby Union and World Rugby said the inaugural event in Hamilton over the weekend was a success, but New Zealand must now tender to host a series from 2020 onwards.
New Zealand's Joe Ravouvou is consoled by Fiji's Eroni Sau.
"It was a hell of a game and typical of New Zealand v Fiji".
"But we have got stronger".
Fiji are up to third with 62 points and Australia fourth on 60.
It's Clark's first full season as New Zealand sevens coach after taking over last June.
Caught on the fly: Australia's Charlie Taylor is rounded up in the bronze-medal match against New Zealand at Waikato Stadium.
The Blitzboks will meet Fiji in the final later on Sunday.
The Blitzboks suffered a setback just before halftime as Senatla was yellow-carded and Australia took advantage of the situation and managed a Tim Anstee try (unconverted) moments ahead of the hooter (10-5).
The side had started the day on a poor footing, losing 33-12 to Sidney Sevens champions Australia in the Cup quarters, but managed to bounce off with a neat 33-19 win over Scotland in the fifth place semi-final.
But tries to Vilimoni Koroi and Ravouvou turned it around late on.
Four minutes later, Naduva, the man in the only green boots in the final, ran around the Blitzboke defence to level scores 5-all.
Shujaa's gremlins showed as early as the opening 30 seconds when Samoa broke the deadlock straight from kick off. Sammy Oliech's attempt to pick the ball failed and Neria FOmai picked up, strolling over the chalk for a 5-0 lead.