All Blacks Sevens thrash Australia to reach Plate final

By Campbell Burnes

The All Blacks Sevens celebrate scoring. Photo / Getty
The All Blacks Sevens celebrate scoring. Photo / Getty

The All Blacks Sevens are through to the final of the Plate section in Singapore after their most polished display of the tournament.

New Zealand ran in five tries for a 31-7 semifinal win over an Australian side that looked deflated after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory against Fiji in the Cup semifinal.

Captain Liam Messam was rested by coach Gordon Tietjens. New Zealand built on a 12-7 halftime lead, dominating possession and running with more freedom and directness than they have shown all weekend.

Kurt Baker assumed the captaincy and provided a steady hand on the tiller, all the while making a strong case for Rio selection even when all the stars are back on deck.

Sonny Bill Williams looked more confident on attack, setting up two tries with well-timed offloads. Isaac Te Aute scored his first try for New Zealand after receiving a sweet assist pass from Teddy Stanaway, who also showed his wares.

New Zealand will play in the Plate final at 10.33pm NZT.

New Zealand 31 (Dylan Collier, Isaac Te Aute, Sione Molia, Isaac Te Tamaki, Teddy Stanaway tries; Gillies Kaka 3 con)
Australia 7 (Stephan van der Walt try; James Stannard con) HT: 12-7

- NZ Herald

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