NZ Sevens team through to Hong Kong decider

TONY SMITH
Last updated 21:52 30/03/2014
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BRUSHED AWAY: D J Forbes evades the grasp of Craig Price during New Zealand's comfortable victory over Wales in the quarterfinal of the Hong Kongt Sevens.

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The New Zealand sevens team will meet England in the Hong Kong Sevens final at midnight after beating Australia in the semifinal.

Two turnover tries in the first five minutes gave Sir Gordon Tietjens' team the perfect platform for their 19-7 victory.

New Zealand dominated the breakdown, exposing Australia's weakness in the tackle area.

Captain D J Forbes leapt to his feet to effect a turnover after making a midfield tackle and releasing Tim Mikkelson for the game's first try.

Mikkelson raced 60m to score his 138th career  try and second of the tournament.

The Waikato man turned provider for  New Zealand's second touchdown, turning over the ball before sending Gillies Kaka sprinting away for a 12-0 win.

New Zealand were down to six men just before the break with Kaka sinbinned for a deliberate knock-on. But

Australia could not capitalise and were penalised for an offensive infringement near the Kiwis' line.

Afa Pakalani broke Australia's drought in the third minute of the second half, evading a couple of tackles after a breakdown penalty.

But Kaka, who had earlier returned from the sinbin, grabbed the clinching try after fine approach work by Scott Curry.

It was New Zealand's fourth win over Australia this season in four encounters and 47th overall to Australia's seven.

England beat Fiji 17-7 after leading 14-0 at halftime to qualify for their first sevens circuit final of the season. Captain Tom Mitchell added the extra points with a penalty with three minutes remaining.

But Fiji fought back with a brilliant breakout try.

Semifinal results: 

New Zealand 19  ( Gillies Kaka 2, Tim Mikkelson, tries; Kaka 2 conv) Australia  7 (Afa Pakalani try, Cam Clarke conv). HT: 12-0.

England 17 Fiji 7. HT: 14-0.

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