Hong Kong Sevens: New Zealand, Australia pay tribute to Christchurch shooting victims

The All Blacks Sevens have made a bright start to the Hong Kong tournament, thrashing Australia 40-19 on Saturday (NZ time).

There was plenty of emotion heading into the match, as it was New Zealand's first game since the Christchurch terror attacks where 50 people were killed three weeks ago.

Players from both teams huddled together arm in arm in the middle of the field to lead a moment's silence before the match.

The All Blacks Sevens wore white instead of their traditional black, with black armbands to mark the memories of those lost.

"It was really special, it meant lots to us," said New Zealand's Sam Dickson, who hails from Christchurch.

"I was stoked - we put it together for the people back home, and to come together with Australia to show we're one was nice.

"Hope this put a smile on the face of all the Cantabrians and New Zealanders."

New Zealand ran in six tries to Australia's three, with Joe Ravouvou grabbing a brace.

The same emotion pre-match was on display during the fixture as hearts were touched and fingers pointed to the sky after tries and conversions.

New Zealand raced out to a 14-0 lead with tries to Ravouvou and Ware before Australia fought back to level the match.

But Ravouvou's second try two minutes into injury time before the break meant the All Blacks 21-14 at the main break.

New Zealand carried that momentum into the second half with Dickson, Jona Nareki and Joe Webber all crossing the line. 

The All Blacks Sevens are back in action at 5:51pm when they face Kenya, and then at 9:55pm against Fiji.


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