Patrick McKendry

Patrick McKendry is a rugby writer for the Herald.

Rugby Sevens: NZ face Wales in quarter-final

New Zealand face Wales in the quarter-final of the South Africa sevens tournament after losing to traditional rivals Fiji 24-12 in their pool match overnight.

New Zealand responded to an early try by Fiji with two five-pointers from Belgium Tuatagaloa and Luke Masirewa to take a 12-7 halftime lead.

However, the Fijians hit back with three second-half tries to shut Gordon Tietjens' men out.

The two teams finished the pool stage equal on seven points after Fiji suffered a shock 21-19 loss to Scotland.

New Zealand beat Scotland 24-7 and England 14-7 in their other pool matches.

- APNZ

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