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Saturday, December 15, 2007

New Zealand vs Fiji - George Sevens Final

New Zealand vs Fiji - George Sevens Final

Having seen off the challenge of the Fijians' late comeback in Dubai a week earlier, New Zealand once again looked like the team to beat in this years George Sevens Tournament in South Africa last weekend.

Last years winners met Fiji in the final again in George, and after getting off to a flying start and leading 29-0 at one stage, were just too strong for the Fijians who had two players sent off once again.

A whole new crop of young talent is streaming through, and with players like Israel Dagg, Victor Vito, DJ Forbes, Zar Lawrence, and Lote Raikabula, New Zealand look an extremely strong outfit that will be difficult to beat throughout the rest of the Sevens World Series.
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Fiji came back with a consolation try from Neumi Nanuku, but it was too late, and the men who've now won the last four finals of the IRB Sevens Series went on to lift the trophy with a convincing 34-7 final score.

The traditional shirtless Haka after the victory followed, with mixed reactions from the crowd who stayed to watch it.

Wellington is the next stop on the Sevens circuit, and you can bet that New Zealand will be a tough prospect in front of their home crowd.



Note: The quality isn't great but we thought we'd post it anyway.

Posted at 9:17 am | 22 comments

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smiffy from dundee December 15, 2007 3:10 pm

good play by NZ, totally outclassed Fiji.shame about the ignorant crowd at the end.

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smiffy from dundee December 15, 2007 3:10 pm

good play by NZ, totally outclassed Fiji.shame about the ignorant crowd at the end.

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Cheyanqu December 15, 2007 3:49 pm

Why are all the South Africans booing?I know that in some circles of ZA Rugby, the crowds are infamous for being hostile to away teams...But AFTER a Test match? it isn't really the place for it.

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Cheyanqu December 15, 2007 3:49 pm

Why are all the South Africans booing?I know that in some circles of ZA Rugby, the crowds are infamous for being hostile to away teams...But AFTER a Test match? it isn't really the place for it.

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sacricketer December 15, 2007 6:29 pm

Why would they save the Haka for after the tournament? It's a challenge that is laid down to their opponents before they engage in battle. This is more like showing off, done in celebration of their victory. Loses the true meaning of it.

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sacricketer December 15, 2007 6:29 pm

Why would they save the Haka for after the tournament? It's a challenge that is laid down to their opponents before they engage in battle. This is more like showing off, done in celebration of their victory. Loses the true meaning of it.

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Anonymous December 15, 2007 7:31 pm

It is done at the end out of respect

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Anonymous December 15, 2007 7:31 pm

It is done at the end out of respect

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Rugbydump December 15, 2007 7:40 pm

Yip, in some parts the SA crowd are really hostile. I guess they were still aggrieved about their loss in the semis. And Cheyanqui, that was NOT a test match by any means. Sevens is never classed as Test rugby.. Just to clear that up. The Haka is something that is performed by New Zealanders from a very young age, in all forms of rugby. This was purely a show of respect and I guess you could say celebration too.

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Rugbydump December 15, 2007 7:40 pm

Yip, in some parts the SA crowd are really hostile. I guess they were still aggrieved about their loss in the semis. And Cheyanqui, that was NOT a test match by any means. Sevens is never classed as Test rugby.. Just to clear that up. The Haka is something that is performed by New Zealanders from a very young age, in all forms of rugby. This was purely a show of respect and I guess you could say celebration too.

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Ngwenya/Clever=HEROS December 15, 2007 9:35 pm

damn, to bad mediazone doesnt cover 7's!

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Ngwenya/Clever=HEROS December 15, 2007 9:35 pm

damn, to bad mediazone doesnt cover 7's!

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Chris P December 16, 2007 9:14 pm

too bad sevens isnt really as good as XV, i dont see it as much of an acomplishment really

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Chris P December 16, 2007 9:14 pm

too bad sevens isnt really as good as XV, i dont see it as much of an acomplishment really

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Anonymous December 17, 2007 9:22 am

What happened to Fiji's team? Where is William Ryder etc?

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Anonymous December 17, 2007 9:22 am

What happened to Fiji's team? Where is William Ryder etc?

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Chris P December 17, 2007 11:15 pm

just for the recordon the pic for this video, the guy on the left holding the trophy, has no medal attached to his ribbon like the guy beside him doesdont ask me how i noticed this haha

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Chris P December 17, 2007 11:15 pm

just for the recordon the pic for this video, the guy on the left holding the trophy, has no medal attached to his ribbon like the guy beside him doesdont ask me how i noticed this haha

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Cheyanqu January 23, 2008 12:02 am

Rugbydump,My comment about AFTER the test match refereed to the booing, not the performance of the Haka.And you're right about it not being a Test Match.. However, I guess I equated it as such, since the IRB 7s "commits" players to that country (like England "A" or a full England side)

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Cheyanqu January 23, 2008 12:02 am

Rugbydump,My comment about AFTER the test match refereed to the booing, not the performance of the Haka.And you're right about it not being a Test Match.. However, I guess I equated it as such, since the IRB 7s "commits" players to that country (like England "A" or a full England side)

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Anonymous November 07, 2008 6:21 pm

7s doesnt commit you to the country it is similar to playing international rugby at age grade

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Anonymous November 07, 2008 6:21 pm

7s doesnt commit you to the country it is similar to playing international rugby at age grade

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