Saturday, December 15, 2007
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.