Rugby: Both Kiwi Sevens teams lose in final after disappointing last day

It’s been a disappointing final day for New Zealand at the Oceania Sevens in Suva.

The All Black Sevens team have been beaten in a nail-biter against Fiji in the men’s final, while the Black Ferns developmental Sevens side has lost in their final against Australia.

In the men’s final it was the hosts who scored the first try of the match through Josua Vakurunabili.

The Kiwis hit straight back with a lovely counter-attack try, finished off by Andrew Knewstubb.

It was an arm wrestle of a second half as the rain started to come down in the Fijian capital.

With the game in the balance and the time up, the Kiwis went the length of the field to score an incredible try – finished off by Dylan Collier – to set up an overtime showdown.

Minutes later, try scoring hero Collier was sent off for an intentional knock-on, which left New Zealand with six players for the remainder.

The one-man advantage proved the difference as Waisea Nacuqu scored the winning try and gave the hosts the 17-12 victory.

The women also fell at the final hurdle, going down to trans-Tasman rivals Australia 14-10 in the final.

After thrashing Papua New Guinea 31-0 in their semi, the ladies in black couldn’t continue their unbeaten record.

Australia drew first blood, scoring under the posts off a fantastic counter-attack. Page McGregor scored a few minutes later to take the lead to 14-0.

The Kiwis hit back on the stroke of half-time, thanks to a Shakira Baker try.

New Zealand scored the only try of the second half but were let down by inaccuracy of conversions.

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