Published: Sun, February 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Blizboks cruise in Hamilton Sevens final

Blizboks cruise in Hamilton Sevens final

The crowd traded chants of "All Blacks" and "Fiji" in an electric atmosphere but it was the Fijians, after leading 7-5 at the break, who held their nerve down the stretch.

Both conversions weren't successful and it proved the difference in the end.

An early second half try by Vilimoni Koroi saw New Zealand take the lead for the first time at 10-7 but Fiji struck back with a try of their own and went on to close out the game 14-12.

He is hopeful they can improve on their performance at last week's World Rugby Sevens Series event in Sydney, where they were beaten by eventual winners and hosts Australia in the quarter-finals before going on to clinch fifth place. "There were tight margins across the weekend and unfortunately we were on the wrong side in that last game", he said.

Earlier New Zealand progressed to the semi after downing England 19-12 in a tense match, while Fiji snuck past Gordon Tietjens' Samoa thanks to a last minute try.

Fiji and Kenya were the two other teams to go through the opening phase without suffering defeat and they finished top of Pools A and D respectively.

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A late try to captain Scott Curry has helped the All Blacks Sevens to a 19-12 win over England and a Hamilton Sevens semi-final berth.

Final: Fiji v South Africa at 20:03.

All four ties are scheduled to take place tomorrow and will be followed by the semi-finals and final.

Series leaders South Africa were untroubled in their wins over Papua New Guinea and Russian Federation before convincingly putting away England 28-7.

It was heartbreaking stuff, especially for the Manu Samoa Sevens who clearly disrupted Fiji's flow for most of the match.

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