NZ men's team fifth at Vancouver Sevens following quarterfinal loss to England

Scott Curry scored a late consolation try in the 14-12 loss to England in the quarterfinal in Vancouver.
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Scott Curry scored a late consolation try in the 14-12 loss to England in the quarterfinal in Vancouver.

The New Zealand men's sevens team are still searching for their first tournament win of the year after having to settle of fifth place at the Vancouver tournament at the weekend.

After going unbeaten in pool play, the New Zealand side crashed out of title contention in the quarterfinals where they lost to England 14-12.

In the playoff for fifth place against Argentina, New Zealand built up a 12-0 lead in the first half with tries to Beaudein Waaka and Isaac Te Tamaki.

However, Argentina fought back in the second half and posted 14 unanswered points to take the lead inside the final minutes.

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With defeat on the cards, Vilimoni Koroi crossed the stripe for New Zealand late to season a 17-14 win.

Things were looking good for the New Zealand side on the opening day's play as they notched up a 40-0 win over Russia, a 33-12 win over Scotland and a 15-14 win over Canada.

However they were unable to carry the momentum from day one through to the knockout stages, as the English side proved to be too strong on the day.  

England went on the win the event, beating South Africa 19-7 in the final.

New Zealand sat fourth in the standings after the Vancouver tournament behind South Africa in first, England in second and Fiji in third.

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The New Zealand side trailed South Africa by 42 points, and would need a big result at the next tournament in Hong Kong if they were to have a chances at winning the overall title this year.

Last year, the New Zealanders were runners-up in Hong Kong, going down 21-7 to Fiji in the final.

The Hong Kong tournament was set to run from April 7-9.

 

 

At a glance

New Zealand men's sevens results at the Vancouver tournament.

Pool play

New Zealand 15 (Vilimoni Koroi 2, Scott Curry tries) Canada 14 (Harry Jones, Adam Zaruba tries; Nathan Hirayama 2 cons). HT: 10-7.

New Zealand 33 (Ambrose Curtis 2, Scott Curry, Dylan Collier, Isaac Te Tamaki tries; Vilimoni Koroi 3, Beaudein Waaka cons) Scotland 12 (Glenn Bryce, Dougie Fife tries; Scott Wright con). HT: 21-5

New Zealand 40 (Andrew Knewstubb 2, Trael Joass, Sherwin Stowers, Scott Curry, Ambrose Curtis tries; Beaudein Waaka 5 cons) Russia 0. HT:12-0.

Knockout stages

England 14 (Ruaridh McConnochie 2 tries; Tom Mitchell 2 con) New Zealand 12 (DJ Forbes, Scott Curry tries; Beaudein Waaka con). HT: 7-0.

New Zealand 21 (Scott Curry, Beaudein Waaka, Andrew Knewstubb tries; Beaudein Waaka 3 cons) Australia 0. HT: 7-0. 

New Zealand 17 (Beaudein Waaka, Isaac Te Tamaki, Vilimoni Koroi tries; Waaka con) Argentina 14 (Bautista Delguy, Fernando Luna tries; Javier Rojas 2 cons). HT: 12-0.

 

 - Stuff

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