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NZ men's sevens in World Cup final

Kyle Brown Kyle Brown
Cary Erickson | 23 July, 2018, 05:06

"I have no words to explain this game", said Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) chairman Richard Omwela, who is with the team in San Francisco, USA for the Rugby World Cup.

The All Blacks Sevens remain in line to defend their World Cup title following a dramatic come-from-behind semifinal win over Fiji in San Francisco this morning.

In a repeat of the 2013 final in Moscow, which New Zealand won 33-0, the Kiwis got the flawless start. The hosts will take on England on day two.

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Baker's conversion gave them a 14-0 lead.

Molia was the spearhead of the Kiwi attack in the first half.

Tim Mikkelson stopped their momentum with a spot tackle on Dan Norton, but the English kept the ball alive to allow Mike Ellery to cross for their first try.

However, England responded with a try by Harry Glover and then a second through captain Tom Mitchell moments later.

"Boycott second half", Walter Orangi joked on Facebook.

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It will be a retained double men's and women's World Cup if New Zealand win, or England could end a 25-year wait.

The New Zealand men's team also progressed in the tournament, despite poor discipline threatening to derail in their campaign.

New Zealand sealed the game with 40 seconds to go after Akuila Rokolisoa scored under the posts, followed by Trael Joass after the final hooter.

South Africa beat Fiji 24-19 in the third-fourth playoff to claim their first World Cup bronze medal.

Round of 16: Scotland 31-26 Kenya, Argentina 28-0 Canada, Australia 17-22 France, England 19-15 Samoa, New Zealand 29-5 Russia, Fiji 35-10 Japan, South Africa 45-7 Ireland, USA 35-0 Wales.

But Fiji struck back through former NRL rugby league star Semi Radrada.

Joeseva Ravouvou scored the opening and clinching try for New Zealand, while Dylan Collier and Regan Ware also crossed over for the All Blacks Sevens.

Naya Tapper scored two first-half tries as the hosts claimed a 21-5 halftime lead, but Russian Federation battled back to get within a score before Ilona Maher and Cheta Emba posted tries to ensure their semifinal showdown against New Zealand.

The Blitzboks opened the scoring through Selvyn Davids who expertly converted his own try from the touchline.