The All Blacks Sevens hadn't won the New Zealand leg of the World Sevens Series in the two years it had been in Hamilton.
Otago teams fought hard but came up short at the national sevens championships in Tauranga over the weekend.
Otago has lost one of its form players but picked up another for the national sevens tournament in Tauranga this weekend.
Otago has its talisman intact and will be looking to start well quickly in the national sevens tournament in Tauranga.
The Otago men’s and women’s teams have both qualified for the national sevens tournament but it was a case of what might have been after games in Timaru on Saturday.
The first stage of the national sevens circuit kicks off in Timaru today as players line up in the southern regional qualifying series.
The national men’s squad will begin its journey to the Tokyo Olympics while the women’s side will get a taste of high-energy action as the sevens circuit swings into gear.
A couple of young Otago backs have been picked for national development squads to play in the Oceania championships in Fiji this weekend.
Fiji extended its record winning run in Hong Kong Sevens rugby to a fifth successive title after beating France 21-7 in the final on Sunday.
An Otago University women's team is set to be part of a festival of sevens event in Pukekohe tomorrow.
New Zealand's All Black Sevens have suffered their first loss to Spain at the Canada Sevens tournament.
Players from the South have been selected in New Zealand development teams set to head to Japan next week.
The Black Ferns have begun their sevens season the same way they finished their last — with more wins.
Injury concerns have abated and an almost fully fit squad will line up in Hamilton next weekend at the New Zealand sevens tournament.