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SYDNEY 7s: Fiji leads NZ at half time

SYDNEY 7s: Fiji leads NZ at half time

Fiji looked exhausted as they spent most of the time defending as the Russians managed to keep the scores close.

Lucas was playing his first match of the tournament, replacing the injured Boyd Killingworth after Killingworth suffered a hamstring injury.

Stopping the clock at 14-12, Fiji's two tries came from Amenoni Nasilasila, both of which he converted.

But a flawed tactical decision to use a grubber kick to the corner in the last seconds led to a knock on and Fiji showed skill and patience to create a length-of-the-field try. South Africa beat England 33-12 in its final match Saturday to finish atop Pool C while Argentina topped Pool B with narrow wins over Kenya, 7-5, Wales, 28-21, and France, 19-12. Australia then had to survive more than three minutes of stoppage time with only six players after receiving a late yellow card.

Earlier, Ravouvou and Dickson had bagged try-scoring doubles as New Zealand routed Russian Federation 61-0 in their opening match.

The men's tournament also began Friday with the first round of matches in pool play.

The 2017 World Rugby player of the year criticised NZ Rugby, her employers, for finding excuses for not hosting a women's tournament when New Zealand's leg of the sevens world series takes place at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on February 3-4.




Defensive pressure was a key to Australia's semifinal win on Saturday.

Emilee Cherry then propped, stepped and accelerated down the left wing to outsmart the Spanish defence and score Australia's second.

A double knock-on ended Scotland's chances and the Aussies hung on, securing top spot in Pool D and a Cup quarter-final against New Zealand.

Australian coach Tim Walsh says it will be an epic game. "Here in Sydney we are focused on the basics because we know we can punish teams if we play to our game plan".

New Zealand beat Canada by four tries to nil.

Up 26-0 at half-time, the All Blacks Sevens lifted another notch by scoring five second-half tries to record the biggest win of the opening day.

Max McFarland had three tries for No. 13 Scotland, which erupted for 31 points in the second half.

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