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NZ in late win over Fiji in Sydney sevens

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/02/2017

New Zealand will play England in the Sydney rugby sevens men's semi-final after edging Fiji 24-21 in the quarter-finals.

The match was a repeat of last week's Wellington sevens quarter-final, won 26-10 by Olympic gold medallists Fiji, in everything except the final scoreline.

Fiji took a 14-12 lead into halftime courtesy of converted tries from Sevulani Mocenacagi and Kailione Nasoko, New Zealand matching them through Iopu Iopu and Regan Ware.

Sherwin Stowers kickstarted the second spell with a well-taken try, but was yellow-carded two minutes later, allowing Fiji to regain the lead soon after when Nasoko crossed for his second.

But a length-of-the-field try to Sione Molia deep into extra time gave the Kiwis the win.

The All Blacks Sevens had earlier topped Pool C unbeaten, kicking off with a 26-14 win over hosts Australia before downing Papua New Guinea 31-7 then edging Scotland 14-7.

Fiji progressed through with wins over Samoa and France, their only blemish coming with a 15-28 loss to Wales.

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