Shujaa's run at Hamilton sevens comes to an end

All Blacks Sevens player Tim Mikkelson

The crowds packed the stands at FMG Stadium Waikato for the titanic semifinal tussle Hamilton had been waiting for - and the contest of the two great rugby sevens nations produced an outstanding encounter worthy of the occasion.

Alosio Sovita Naduva scored three tries as rallied from 17-5 down at halftime to beat 24-17 Sunday in the final of the leg of the Rugby Sevens World Series.

New Zealand's Joe Ravouvou is consoled by Fiji's Eroni Sau.

Australia's Lachie Anderson completed the line-up.

Australia's Ben O'Donnell shakes off the Kenya defense on day two of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Hamilton on 4th February, 2018.

Coach Clark Laidlaw lamented how they let a place in the final slip through their fingers.

"We pushed New Zealand to the wire in the quarter-final and then losing out to Samoa in extra time highlights that we just got on the wrong side of some close score lines again".

South Africa won in Dubai‚ New Zealand in Cape Town and Australia in Sydney.

"But we have got stronger".

He said while there are no guarantees, New Zealand was a big contributor towards the global Sevens series both in terms of having a team that participates in all of the tournaments and its success at running the event for the last 19 years, 18 of them in Wellington.

The match against France was a glimpse of the potential of the side, with winger Nadine Roos and outside back Veroeshka Grain scoring a brace in a satisfying 29-14 win.

Simon Amor's men would eventually finish in joint seventh alongside Scotland after a tight loss to Samoa in the fifth-place semi-final.

Bottom-rooted Kisii also registered their first win of the campaign after upsetting visiting Mwamba 18-12 as Kenya Harlequin humiliated Regional Logistics Mombasa 80-0 at the RFUEA.

Scotland secured its quarterfinal place with a 26-14 win over France, and Kenya scraped into the playoffs with a 19-19 draw against the United States after beating Canada 19-14 and Samoa by the same score.

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