NZ dumped out of 7s
Fiji ensured a second quarterfinal exit in the space of a week for New Zealand with a dominant victory in the final eight of the Singapore Sevens on Sunday.
With memories still fresh of their Hong Kong tournament triumph a week earlier, Fiji scored three tries to one to end New Zealand’s title hopes winning 19-5.
Fiji booked a semifinal against England while series leaders United States face South Africa in their other semi.
New Zealand were eliminated from the main draw in Hong Kong by France, who went on to lose the decider to Fiji.
Fiji finished second in their pool while New Zealand went through day one unbeaten to set up the heavyweight clash of the second and third-ranked sides in the series.
In the other quarterfinals South Africa beat Samoa 21-12, USA pipped Argentina 12-10 and England sent Australia packing with a 31-19 victory.
New Zealand made a storming start on day one with twin runaway victories and then a dramatic come-from-behind effort to pip Samoa.
After thumping Japan 43-0 first up, Clark Laidlaw’s Kiwis backed it up downing Spain 53-0 victory before a dramatic 26-22 nailbiter over the unlucky Samoans to finish top of Pool D.