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Singapore loss 'about learning': Tietjens

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/04/2016

New Zealand Sevens coach Sir Gordon Tietjens says his young side were exposed by Samoa in the plate final of the Singapore tournament but will learn from the 21-14 loss.

Samoa beat New Zealand for the first time in more than three years in the extra-time match, ending a disappointing tournament for the Kiwis, who have now dropped to third in the World Seven Series standings.

They had earlier been beaten by South Africa 12-7 in the quarterfinals and the upsets didn't end there, with Kenya eventually thumping Fiji 30-7 in the final.

Tietjens said it was disappointing to lose to Samoa after they had been very unlucky in their loss to South Africa. They had also been shocked 24-0 by France in their opening match.

"I thought day two was really a good day for us, particularly with a new young side."

Singapore had allowed them to develop some new young players.

"They had a lot of energy and they certainly gave it their all. That's all you can ask for as a coach.

"It worked at times and at other times they got exposed but that's about learning the game."

The ninth and 10th rounds will be played in Paris and London next month.

Tietjens said they would offer a chance to press for the world crown, but it was now really about preparing for the Rio Olympics.

Super Rugby players would be available for selection and Tietjens said he was hoping they would come through their 15-man matches unscathed.

The injured Kurt Baker should be OK for Paris and DJ Forbes, Lewis Ormond, Peter Ahki should be fine for London, Teitjens said.

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