Fiji snatch victory over NZ men's Sevens side, scoring thrilling try at the death

Fiji have beaten New Zealand 19-17 to finish on top of pool A in a stunning match that went right down to the wire in Sydney tonight.

New Zealand trailed 14-12 against the Fijians at the break.

Midway through the second half New Zealand's Luke Masirewa crashed over in the right corner to take the lead for his side.

In the final play of the game Fiji went end to end scoring through Josua Vakurunabili, who powered his way over and grounded the ball with two New Zealand defenders on him.

Both teams are through to the quarter finals with Fiji earning top spot in their pool and New Zealand settling for second. 

'Joshua takes him out inside four or five rounds' - former opponent backs UK champ over Kiwi Joseph Parker

A former adversary of both Anthony Joshua and Kiwi Joseph Parker is backing the British heavyweight to emerge victorious, when the two come face to face in Cardiff later this year.

Frazer Clarke, 26, has come up against both fighters in his career, losing to the pair in 2010 and now acting as a sparring partner for the IBF and WBA champion Joshua.

Speaking to Boxing News, Clarke talked up Joshua's chances of defeating the unbeaten Kiwi, saying that he'll claim the Kiwi's WBO title as his own.

"I think Joshua takes him out inside four or five rounds. I think it's an easier fight than [Carlos] Takam, I don't think he's as durable," Clarke said.

The Kiwi heavyweight will face Anthony Joshua in front of 80,000 people on April 1. Source: 1 NEWS

"I think Joseph Parker is good [but] I know Joshua is in great condition. He's in better condition now than he's been going into any camp. That's 100 per cent the truth."

Clarke also said that Joshua's size will ultimately prove too much for Parker to deal with going into the fight.

"Parker's quite good at attacking but I think he's small for a heavyweight as well. I've stood next to him at the Hughie Fury fight and weigh-in and stuff."

"I think Joshua is going to tower over him, do an absolute job and look good doing it."

Parker and Joshua will come face to face in a winner-take-all unification clash on April 1 NZT at Cardiff's Principality Stadium.

The two unbeaten heavyweights came face to face in London this morning. Source: 1 NEWS


Comeback fighter Alexis Pritchard headlines NZ boxing contingent for Commonwealth Games

New Zealand boxing is hoping to send one of its biggest Commonwealth Games teams to the Gold Coast in April with a veteran now emerging as one of their best medal hopes.

Comeback fighter Alexis Pritchard is full of confidence on the back of an impressive build up in the United States.

Pritchard, 34, was back in the country and is still coming to terms with her first knockout win in more than 100 amateur fights.

"The minute the punch was delivered and she dropped to the floor, Alexis the passionate person came out and I was so worried about her - the shine of the win actually left," said Pritchard.

Her first round demolition job in Houston justified her decision to come out of retirement.

"My coach has been telling me for years I have that kind of power but I never really believed him."

New Zealand boxing sent a team of seven offshore and would like to dispatch as many maybe event eight to the Games - but only five spots are open.

The youngest contender 19-year-old Tasman Benny has an anxious wait to see if she is fast tracked.

"I think it's helped a little bit. Like it’s more experience though just like to build up my boxing," said Benny.

In the meantime Benny is set to go back to work juggling her fledging naval career with her sporting passion.

The former Olympian returned to NZ after claiming her first knockout win in the US. Source: 1 NEWS