The All Black Sevens fall to South Africa in the Sydney Sevens, as Samoa face a quarterback

New Zealand's Dylan Collier will throw a pass in the loss to South Africa in Sydney.

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New Zealand’s Dylan Collier will throw a pass in the loss to South Africa in Sydney.

South Africa survived two players being shown yellow cards to beat the All Blacks Sevens team 16-14 in the Sydney Sevens on Saturday.

Both teams have won all their other pool games heading into this clash and have already secured a place in the quarterfinals, but they decide the event that would make it easier to power through the race to Sunday’s final.

All seven Blacks will play in Samoa’s quarter-finals on Saturday night as a result of this loss, when South Africa face Ireland.

Samoa played their best game to beat Ireland 17-12 on Friday.

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After a tight start, where South Africa had plenty of the ball but couldn’t find a way through the New Zealand defence, it was the All Blacks who hit the line first in the fifth minute with a Joe Weber pass.

New Zealand's Risi Pouri-Lane was bowled in New Zealand's match against Japan.

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New Zealand’s Risi Pouri-Lane was bowled in New Zealand’s match against Japan.

South Africa had a scrum inside New Zealand territory just as the half-time hooter sounded. The ball was moved to the right where the Kiwi defense was weaker and Shilton van Wyk ran to score. With both meetings converted, the score was 7-7 at the break.

South Africa’s Jaiden Baron was sent to the bin early in the second half and within a minute New Zealand made their tally count as Roderick Solo took a high kick from Weber and tried to line up just in front of him.

But Zain Davids intercepted South Africa’s second attempt to escape.

Impi Visser was also shown a yellow card in the second half for a willful tackle, but this time the New Zealand capital could not have an extra man and with no seconds left on the clock Ricardo Duartttee was awarded a penalty to win.


Payton Spencer, son of former All Black Carlos Spencer, scored a double for the All Seven Blacks.

The Black Ferns Sevens team progressed through the pool stage to the Sydney Sevens with a perfect record.

On Saturday, the tournament winners in Hamilton beat Japan 27-10 last weekend. It followed a 48-0 victory over Papua New Guinea and a 29-14 victory against France on Friday.

The result keeps the Black Ferns Sevens’ unbeaten record against Japan intact and they play them again in the quarter-finals later on Saturday.

New Zealand’s Michaela Blyde scored within the first minute, a few minutes later there was an offload and a goal that Stacey Fluhler decided to try in the right corner.

The biggest try came with two minutes to go in the half, when Blyde picked up his second try, running around the Japanese defense on the halfway line.

He brought the iron forward into the middle half, so that Japan could not cope with the ways of New Zealand, he moved the ball from side to side close to the line.

Shiray Kaka got on the scoreboard 10 minutes into the game, but the biggest shout of the game came when Yukino Tsujisaki made a break through the New Zealand defense and despite being tired in front of the line, had enough gas to get in .

Then with 30 seconds as Chiharu Nakamura bagged Japan’s second attempt to give the final score some respectability.

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