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New Zealand humble Fiji to reach Sydney Sevens final

The All Blacks have blitzed into the final of the Sydney Sevens, claiming a 36-14 win in this afternoon's semi-final against Fiji at Spotless Stadium.

Both unbeaten heading into the match, Fiji and New Zealand renewed their sevens rivalry, with the Kiwis striking first through Tone Ng Shiu after some slick hands from Sam Dickson and Vilimoni Koroi.

Scott Gregory doubled New Zealand's lead a few minutes later, before Fiji hit back with a try to Jerry Tuwai, leaving scores at 14-7.

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However, the match would soon be turned on its head, with Sevuloni Mocenacagi shown a red card for a mistimed tackle on Gregory and Fiji reduced to six for the rest of the match.

Kurt Baker would capitalise on Fiji's numerical disadvantage, scoring before the break to push New Zealand's lead to 19-7.

Koroi would score after the break to further extend the All Blacks Sevens' lead, before Fiji were reduced to five, this time Meli Derenalagi shown a yellow card for a no arms hit on Trael Joass.

Baker would then grab his second, slicing right through the weakened Fijian defence for another five points. However, he too would then be shown yellow after cynical play stopped a Fijian try.

A late consolation effort from Alaiso Naduva brought the scores back to 31-14.

The final say would belong to Koroi, scoring his second on the final siren for a 36-14 win.

The win means the All Blacks Sevens will join their female counterparts in tonight's final, taking on the winner of England and the USA.

Tone Ng Shiu runs in to score for New Zealand against Fiji at the Sydney Sevens.
Tone Ng Shiu runs in to score for New Zealand against Fiji at the Sydney Sevens. Source: Photosport


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