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Kiwis, Fijians Impress

Wellington: Hosts and defending champions New Zealand won all three of their matches on day one of the Wellington Sevens to march into the quarter-finals after dramatically beating South Africa
31 Jan 2016 13:58
Kiwis, Fijians Impress
odafone Fijians 7s rep Seremaia Tuwai in action against Japan yesterday in Wellington. Photo: Bruce Southwick/ZoomFiji

Wellington: Hosts and defending champions New Zealand won all three of their matches on day one of the Wellington Sevens to march into the quarter-finals after dramatically beating South Africa 19-14 in the last match of the day.

World Rugby Sevens Series leaders Fiji and Australia also maintained 100 per cent records with impressive displays at the Westpac Stadium, as the third round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series continued to entertain.

The All Blacks sevens, who have won four of their last five home tournaments, came from 7-0 behind to be Cape Town Sevens champions South Africa 19-14. Two Akira Ioane breaks, the first to set up Sam Dickson, gave New Zealand a 12-7 lead before Cheslin Kolbe looked to have given the Blitzboks the win. But a trademark Sonny Bill Williams offload gave Joe Webber the chance to dot down under the posts for the home side to finish top of Pool A.

On a day where Williams made his international sevens debut and scored a try with his first touch, Sir Gordon Tietjens’ side will now meet Kenya in the quarter-finals.

“Hopefully I can grow into the tournament and just keep learning,” said Williams “It was a sneaky scab try, I was just backing up, but like I said I just want to learn. I am grateful to be playing among such talented players.

“It is always good to play at home, and in the All Blacks jersey, in Wellington, from an NZ perspective I’m not sure it gets much bigger than this.”

Ben Ryan’s Fiji scored 17 tries, including four from Savenaca Rawaca to take his tally for the season to 14, and will face USA while Australia will meet South Africa.

Despite a defeat to Samoa, England were on the other side to finish top of their pool. Finishing ahead of Mike Friday’s USA having beaten them in their second match of the day, England will play Cape Town runners-up Argentina.

 

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