NZ knocked out of Sevens

The All Blacks Sevens' three-year reign as Cup champions in Wellington has ended.

DJ Forbes. Photo: Getty
DJ Forbes. Photo: Getty

A hot to trot Fiji side were too good, beating them 26-10 on Sunday afternoon.

Fiji led 19-5 at the break, their bruising defence harassing New Zealand into six handling errors and some dusty passing, not to mention going too high on defence. 

Two tries to Joeli Lutumailagi from a long way out and from turnovers hurt New Zealand, as did Jerry Tuwai's push in the mush of Rocky Khan for his five pointer.

DJ Forbes hauled the margin back just before halftime, but New Zealand could make little headway in the second spell. Tuwai set up Jasa Veremalua for the killer blow.

Tim Mikkelson's last minute try, set up by a deft Vilimoni Koroi grubber, was pure consolation.

Scores

Fiji 26 (Joeli Lutumailagi 2, Jerry Tuwai, Jasa Veremalua tries; Osea Kolinisau 2 con, Vatemo Ravouvou con) New Zealand 10 (DJ Forbes, Tim Mikkelson tries) HT: 19-5

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