Twin success for New Zealand at the Oceania Sevens

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Now the respective sides await the announcement of New Zealand's teams to compete at next month's Commonwealth Games.

 

The All Blacks Sevens claimed the men's title with a game to spare when beating the Australian Selection 17-12 with Akuila Rokolisoa crossing for the winning try in the 13th minute, in the penultimate game of the tournament.

 

Fiji beat the New Zealanders 12-5 in the final game, but had lost their first game to the All Blacks Sevens 5-19, and were also beaten by Australia 26-24.

 

The Black Ferns Mā were unbeaten in their six games, taking out a 26-5 win over the Australian Selection side in the last game while the second New Zealand team, the Black Ferns Pango, finished fourth, missing third place to Fiji on points difference.

 

All Blacks Sevens coach Clark Laidlaw said, "We're really excited about the younger players getting to play for the first time. We've got to pick 13 and two travelling reserves. We've got a long night ahead of us, which is what I want. I thought all the players stuck their hands up."

Earlier, on the first day, they beat Tonga 38-0 and Australia 35-19. On day two, New Zealand beat Fiji 19-5 and Tonga 54-12

 

Sarah Hirini, who captained the winning New Zealand side, said: "Having two teams playing against the other two best teams in the world has been amazing, and I know the girls would have been stoked getting a lot of game time."

 

Black Ferns Pango captain Terina Te Tamaki praised her players.

 

"We had five girls who have never played international rugby, and it was amazing to see them do their thing this weekend," she said.

 

The Black Ferns Mā beat Fiji 26-12 and the Black Ferns Pango 28-14 on the first day, and then Australia 17-12 and Fiji 14-7 on the second day. On the last day they beat the Pango 24-10 and Australia 26-5. The Pango lost to Australia  12-21 on day one, 5-29 on the second day along with a 19-14 win over Fiji. However, they went down to Fiji on the last day 10-20.

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