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Aussies fall short at Hong Kong Sevens

Aussies fall short at Hong Kong Sevens

A second-string New Zealand team have seen off Samoa 19-12 to remain unbeaten at the Hong Kong Sevens.

Some nations, together with South Africa which was crushed by Fiji within the semifinals, despatched weakened squad to Hong Kong in preparation for the Commonwealth Video games competitors which takes place between April 13 and 15.

"The Hong Kong Sevens is like the World Cup in Fiji and four years in a row is like winning the World Cup", said Fiji captain Jerry Tuwai.

Having made the Hong Kong semis for the first time, Kenya booked their first appearance in the decider with a 21-12 win over New Zealand.

Fiji, who are nearly at full strength, thrashed New Zealand 50-7 in their final pool match and are on course to meet South Africa in the semi-finals if they overcome Argentina and the Blitzboks beat Spain.

Japan can be one among two Asian qualifiers that can contest the World Cup Sevens in San Francisco in July.

With New Zealand putting Shujaa on the ropes, Jeff Oluoch would force a turnover, Willy Ambaka receiving the ball and racing 95m clear to score under the posts.

After being hammered 50-7 by Fiji in their final pool game on Saturday, New Zealand looked a completely different outfit against the US. Text the word "SPORTS" to 22840 and receive local and worldwide sports news as it happens.

A Luke Masirewa try, which resulted from a poor U.S. pass intercepted by Jordan Bunce, had New Zealand rolling 21-0 at halftime. With less than 15-seconds left, Karauna's team trailed 12-14 but managed to snatch the match-winner through Masahiro Nakano who finished in the corner in front of jubilant Japanese supporters.

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