New Zealand sevens crushed in Dubai semifinal

Last updated 06:42 01/12/2013
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BREAKAWAY: New Zealand's Joe Webber attempts to break the tackle of Argentina's Ramiro Moyano in their quarterfinal match at the Dubai Sevens.

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New Zealand's run at the Dubai Sevens title came to a screeching halt in the semifinals against Fiji.

After defeating Argentina in the quarterfinals 26-19 earlier on day two, their hopes of reaching the final were effectively over at halftime in the semifinal, down 29-0, eventually being shut-out 44-0 in one of New Zealand worst losses in sevens history.

New Zealand defeated England 17-14 in the playoff for third, thanks to a last-minute try from Tim Mikkelson.

Joe Webber opened the scoring against England, with Scott Curry's try soon after opened up a 12-point lead. England scored after the first-half siren, then took a 14-12 after Phil Burgess' converted try.

Fiji, who went on to win the tournametn with a 29-17 victory over South Africa in the final, had eight differenc players score and could have pushed the final score out past the half-century but only made 2-of-8 conversions.

Earlier, Webber scored twice, while Sherwin Stowers and Bryce Heem also had five-pointers as Gordon Tietjens' side accounted for Argentina.

Stowers, then Webber, scored as New Zealand took a 12-0 lead after five minutes. Argentina scored before halftime through Ramiro Moyano and then levelled the scores shortly after halftime.

Webber, then Heem, answered for New Zealand to seal a place in the semifinals, before a consolation try to the Pumas after the siren.

NEW ZEALAND RESULTS

New Zealand 17 (Joe Webber, Scott Curry, Tim Mikkelson tries; Gillies Kaka 2 con) England 14 (Sam Edgerley, Phil Burgess tries; Tom Mitchell 2 con). HT: 12-7

Fiji 44 (Donasio Ratubuli, Benito Masilevu, Semi Kunatani, Osea Kolinisau, Pio Tuwai, Emosi Mulevoro, Waisea Nacuqu, Samu Saqiwa) New Zealand 0. HT: 29-0

New Zealand 26 (Joe Webber 2, Sherwin Stowers, Bryce Heem) Argentina 19 (Ramiro Moyano, Martin Chiappesoni, Axel Muller tries; Moyano con, Gaston Revol con). HT: 12-7

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