Rugby Sevens: All Blacks settle for silver after falling to Samoa in wet Cape Town final

The All Blacks Sevens have claimed silver at Cape Town after succumbing to a narrow defeat to now-World Series leading Samoa in wet conditions.

New Zealand led 7-5 with just over a minute remaining, but would then concede a length of the field try, which meant they couldn't match the women's efforts of gold in South Africa.

New Zealand earlier beat USA in the semi-finals.
New Zealand earlier beat USA in the semi-finals. Photo credit: Getty Images

After bouncing back from their opening group loss to minnows Spain, the All Blacks Sevens brushed aside USA earlier in the semi-finals.

Akuila Rokolisoa scored two tries, as New Zealand beat the sevens powerhouse 33-17, with Sam Dickson, Roderick Solo and Tepaea Savage also touching down.

They went into the final against a Samoan outift coming off an impressive semi-final win over last week's Dubai Sevens winners, South Africa.

Severe rain made for a error-ridden final, but it was Samoa who made the best of the tricky conditions in the first half.

Faafoi Falaniko exploded onto a flat pass out wide to run in for the only the try before the break to give Samoa the 5-nil lead.

Samoa's rush defence made it hard for New Zealand to mount any meaningful attack, until Che Clarke put Brady Rush away with a brilliant over-the-top offload.

Clarke commited two Samoan tacklers to find Rush on his wing, who raced over 50 metres to score the try, and for Tepaea Savage to convert for the lead.

Samoa would hit back with just over a minute to go, going coast-to-coast from their own tryline to touch down for the go-ahead score.

Vaa Apelu Maliko was the beneficiary of a huge overlap after clever work at the breakdown saw New Zealand penalised.

Clarke couldn't hold onto the ball as the All Blacks Sevens looked to respond, making for one last nervy scrum at the death.

Samoa did enough to secure possession and kick the ball out to break New Zealand's hearts.

The result does see the All Blacks Sevens go one better than they did at Dubai a week go, after they claimed the bronze medal.

All Blacks Sevens 7 (Rush try; Savage 1 con)
Samoa 12 (Falaniko, Maliko tries; Falaniko 1 con)