All Blacks Sevens win stunning semifinal in extra time

By Campbell Burnes

Regan Ware scored the winner in extra time for the All Blacks Sevens. Photo / Getty
Regan Ware scored the winner in extra time for the All Blacks Sevens. Photo / Getty

The All Blacks Sevens have somehow pulled off a miracle to reach the Cup final in Hong Kong.

Despite some shoddy passing and lethargic attack, New Zealand scored a late, extra time try to Regan Ware to head South Africa 12-7 in their semifinal. The Blitzbokke's search for an elusive Hong Kong title thus continues.

Tim Agaba opened the scoring for a tactically superior South Africa, which favoured the kick-chase option in the slippery conditions. It appeared to work, but they could not put the Kiwis away and led 7-0 at the break.

Coach Gordon Tietjens called for more decisive attacking decisions and that command bore fruit when Lewis Ormond tied it up out wide off a long Gillies Kaka pass. The latter converted to send the clash into extra time.

South Africa could not capitalise on the sinbinning of Isaac Te Tamaki and Kurt Baker uncorked a fine heads-up play to put Ware in from a crosskick after some rugged collisions at the breakdown.

The final - against Fiji - will kick off after 11.00pm now that the schedules are delayed due to the double extra time.

New Zealand 12 (Lewis Ormond, Regan Ware tries; Gillies Kaka con)
South Africa 7 (Tim Agaba try; Justin Geduld con)
HT: 7-0 New Zealand

- NZ Herald

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