NZ dumped out of 7s

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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.

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