Sevens: All Blacks Sevens advance to quarter-finals in Las Vegas

  • 03/03/2019

The All Blacks Sevens have overcome archrivals Fiji 19-14 to progress to the semi-finals of the USA tournament at Las Vegas.

In their 100th meeting on the IRB World Series, New Zealand took an early lead, with Sione Molia scoring in the third minute.

But consecutive tries to Jerry Tuwai either side of halftime put the Fijians in command. Molia closed the gap with his second try and Kurt Baker provided the matchwinner two minutes later.

Fiji had one last chance to snatch victory, but could not clear the ball in a tackle and conceded a penalty that allowed New Zealand to hold on.

After 100 games, Fiji hold a 51-49 winning advantage over the All Blacks Sevens, who now face the winners of South Africa vs USA in the semis.

New Zealand opened day two with a 19-7 win over Spain to move undefeated through pool play.

Joe Ravouvou, Vilimoni Koroi and Sam Dickson each nabbed a try to ensure New Zealand topped Pool A with three wins from three games.

New Zealand are currently level with the United States at the top of IRB world series standings, with two event wins this year to date. They haven't won the US tournament since 2008 and never in the Nevada desert.


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