NZ Sevens bow out of Olympics after clinical display by Fijian favourites


The New Zealand men's Sevens team have finished a disappointing Olympic campaign with a heart-breaking 12-7 loss to Fiji this morning.

Wet conditions proved to be an issue for both teams as handling errors blew multiple chances with overlaps on attack.

New Zealand were in serious trouble early in the game after conceding the opening try and losing Rieko Ioane to the sin bin following a lift in the tackle, but solo brilliance from Gillies Kaka just before the half gave them a 7-5 lead.

The game continued to teeter on a knife's edge early in the second half but Fiji proved why they are favourites to secure their country's first ever Olympic medal with a composed display to shut out any chances for the Kiwi side to get back in the contest.

After scoring on the back of another penalty, Fiji made wide, lobbing passes to hold possession and deny New Zealand any ball - the three minute suffocation proving too much in the end.

New Zealand had one last chance to win the game, but after being penalised for holding on to the ball in the ruck with the hooter gone, the game was over.

Fiji will now meet Japan in the semi-finals tomorrow morning after the Asian minnow’s continued their fairytale run by upsetting France 12-7.

Great Britain beat Argentina 5-0 in the third quarter-final in an extra time thriller. They’ll play South Africa in the second semi-final after they powered past Australia by 22-5.

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