Blitzboks lose to Kiwis in Sevens semi-final

South Africa celebrates after winning the Dubai Rugby Sevens World Series

AUSTRALIA have failed to qualify for the world rugby sevens series quarterfinals in South Africa after pool losses to the United States and New Zealand in the first day of competition.

Ravouvou received a yellow card for a risky tackle in tackle in the build-up to the try but the home team failed to take advantage of the situation and it was NZ that scored next when Tim Mikkelson charged over and Vilimoni Koroi converted to edge NZ in front.

Today's results mean that New Zealand are now two points ahead of South Africa in the overall orld Rugby Sevens Series standings with eight rounds remaining.

After his side's victory, All Black captain Scott Curry praised his team's performance.

They've hammered Argentina 38 -14 after leading 14 - 7 at the break.

The home side didn't defend with the same sort of aggression that helped them clinch the title in Dubai last week, as both Fiji and the All Blacks punched holes in the Blitzboks' defence in the quarter-final and semi-final respectively.

"You can't win the tournament on day one but you can definitely lose it".

New Zealand also had the last word in the fight when Joe Webber ran in the last try of the match to take the score to 19-12.

Earlier the Blitzboks' record try-scorer was yellow carded in the first minute for a high tackle on his tryline and a penalty try followed for Fiji‚ which immediately put the home team on the back foot.

Vilimoni Koroi's opening try was supplemented by a double from Dylan Collier for a 21-0 half-time lead, although Australia hit back early in the second spell through Simon Kennewell and Lewis Holland. Conversions: Koroi (1), Andrew Knewstubb (1).

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