Northland's sevens team has delivered on their promise of making the top eight, finishing seventh out of 16 at the national sevens tournament in Queenstown.
Northland won their first game against Waikato, who they had not beaten in their build up, 17-7 thanks largely to a brace of tries to captain Will Whetton.
Northland couldn't continue their run as they went down to Manawatu 20-15 before knocking over the previously unbeaten Southland 26-12 to finish top of the their pool.
Having achieved their goal of winning two games on day one and making it to the quarterfinals, Northland then went down to eventual winners Taranaki 27-10. Northland were then given the tough task of knocking over Wellington to progress to the plate semi, eventually going down 22-14.
More in tomorrow's Northern Advocate.