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Monday, June 02, 2008

New Zealand hold off England in the Edinburgh Sevens Final

New Zealand hold off England in the Edinburgh Sevens Final

New Zealand held on in the face of a spirited England fightback in Scotland yesterday, to defend their Emirates Airline Edinburgh Sevens title 24-14, and finish their IRB Sevens World Series defence on a high.

In a supremely physical match the kiwis went out to a commanding 19-0 lead through Solomon King, David Smith and Chad Tuoro but England hit back just before the break through giant wing Uche Oduoza to trail 19-7 and enjoyed much of the possession in the second half.

Ollie Phillips slipped a tackle to bring the score back to 19-14 but the kiwis' renowned fitness, conditioning and peerless defence saw them home, captain DJ Forbes an inspiration up front and the likes of Kendrick Lynn and David Smith proving that coach Gordon Tietjens has lost none of his knack for unearthing new talent.

With the clock winding down, Nigel Hunt put the game beyond doubt for New Zealand, who have now won eight of the nine IRB Sevens World Series titles under coach Gordon Tietjens.

Note: With thanks to the IRB Sevens website

Time: 05:30

Posted by Rugbydump at 9:03 pm | View Comments (9)

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EL NINIO June 03, 2008 8:07 am

england seemed to lose that match rather than NZ winning it, silly mistakes cost them btw get taits tackle inon that no.8 for the baa baas , DUMPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

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Anonymous June 03, 2008 8:38 am

too right el ninio that hit was massive!

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Brian June 03, 2008 8:51 am

man tait is the future of England rugby.I feel that Brian ashton failed to utalise him properly during the six nations campaign, considering he was proberly the standout back in the world cup final, for England. But ashton did spot for the england youth team and use him in the RWC so its not all bad from him.I would like too see for 2011 world cup backline:9. Care10. Ciprianri11. Strettle/JSD12. Flood/ someone physically bigger lol13. Tait14. Sackey/Varndell15. Gehraty (excuse sp.)Sorry for off topic discussion.

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Rugbydump June 03, 2008 10:09 am

Brian, your comment is off topic and against our site rules, so it's been removed.The game was poor, and hardly worth showing again, but because you've so adamantly insisted on seeing the highlights again, I'll add them in a bit for you and the others who didn't manage to see it live.In future post requests in the request section please. cheers

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Bonzai June 03, 2008 10:11 am

I know seven's is tiring but some of the tackling is abysmal. I don't know, maybe its because I'm only familiar with the 15 man game.

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Anonymous June 03, 2008 1:54 pm

would be good to see the scotland v fiji game at edinburgh. most exciting game of sevens i can remember watching ! think it was the plate semi final. went rite down to the wire

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Scott June 04, 2008 11:01 am

I know it didn't affect the outcome of the game but I genuinely don't think Ollie Phillips' try was grounded properly.

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300 September 22, 2008 8:52 am

that game made the murrayfield crowd happy! :)

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Anonymous April 18, 2009 1:19 pm

are any of these guys actually from new zealand.

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