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Fijians shine for NZ 7s

Sikeli Qounadovu
Tuesday, December 05, 2017

IT took the effort of the two Fijians in the New Zealand sevens team to see New Zealand through to the finals of the Emirates Dubai 7s.

England took an early lead with an uncoverted try to go to the breather 5-0 ahead of the All Blacks.

English winger Dan Norton was well contained by Joe Ravouvou who showed and his strength when he brushed aside a Norton tackle for New Zealand's first try.

Vilimoni Koroi had a huge impact when he came on as a replacement for New Zealand and helped set up Ravouvou for his second try to book a ticket in the final.

However the All Blacks failed to capitalise in the final after going down to an experience South Africa side 24-12.

New Zealand is now second in the points table with 19 point and heads Pool B with trans-Tasman rival Australia, Spain and USA.

South Africa with 22 points is pooled with Kenya, Russia and France, while Dubai bronze winner England will go head to head against Scotland, Argentina and Uganda.

Fiji heads Pool D and will be up against Samoa, Canada and Wales

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