NZ Sevens beat England, face Fiji in semis

NZ Sevens beat England, face Fiji in semis

NZ Sevens beat England, face Fiji in semis

Hosts New Zealand, much improved from the rabble of the last two seasons, were edged 14-12 by Fiji in the semi-final and then lost 8-7 in a tense third place play-off against rivals Australia.

"Down at half-time but with the Fijians, you're always close to getting a score somewhere as long as we can make some of those passes stick", Baber said.

Ale's suspension means he will miss the first match of the Marist Brothers' International Sevens tournament in Samoa later this month.

Amenoni Nasilasila's touchline conversion proved to be the difference for Fiji, who face New Zealand again after the two clashed twice in last weekend's Sydney Sevens.

It was the first time Fiji have made a final this season and the win lifted them from fifth to third on the table as they became the fourth different victor in four legs.

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.

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Kenya garnered a massive 12 points from the Hamilton Sevens, the fourth round of the 2017-2018 HSBC Sevens World Series, after falling 19-15 to Samoa in the fifth-place final, yesterday.

"We had to believe in that and we got momentum in the tackle and in the contact areas". There are some big lessons to take away and learn from these two tournaments which will give us great motivation moving forward.

Today is the second and final day of the event.

Fiji were crowned the champions after coming from behind to beat series leaders South Africa 24-17 in the Cup final.

England beat Russian Federation 47-0 and Papua New Guinea 27-0 before falling to South Africa in the pool decider.

In the game to decide who finished top, England were undone by world champions South Africa in a 7-28 defeat, with Dan Norton going over for England's only score in the final play of the game.

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