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Monday, June 02, 2008

New Zealand hold off England in the Edinburgh Sevens Final

New Zealand held on in the face of a spirited England fightback in Scotland yesterday, to defend their Emirates Airline Edinburgh Sevens title 24-14, and finish their IRB Sevens World Series defence on a high.

In a supremely physical match the kiwis went out to a commanding 19-0 lead through Solomon King, David Smith and Chad Tuoro but England hit back just before the break through giant wing Uche Oduoza to trail 19-7 and enjoyed much of the possession in the second half.

Ollie Phillips slipped a tackle to bring the score back to 19-14 but the kiwis' renowned fitness, conditioning and peerless defence saw them home, captain DJ Forbes an inspiration up front and the likes of Kendrick Lynn and David Smith proving that coach Gordon Tietjens has lost none of his knack for unearthing new talent.

With the clock winding down, Nigel Hunt put the game beyond doubt for New Zealand, who have now won eight of the nine IRB Sevens World Series titles under coach Gordon Tietjens.

Note: With thanks to the IRB Sevens website

Time: 05:30




  • england seemed to lose that match rather than NZ winning it, silly mistakes cost them

    btw get taits tackle inon that no.8 for the baa baas , DUMPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

    By Anonymous EL NINIO, at June 03, 2008 10:07 am  

  • too right el ninio that hit was massive!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 03, 2008 10:38 am  

  • man tait is the future of England rugby.

    I feel that Brian ashton failed to utalise him properly during the six nations campaign, considering he was proberly the standout back in the world cup final, for England. But ashton did spot for the england youth team and use him in the RWC so its not all bad from him.

    I would like too see for 2011 world cup backline:
    9. Care
    10. Ciprianri
    11. Strettle/JSD
    12. Flood/ someone physically bigger lol
    13. Tait
    14. Sackey/Varndell
    15. Gehraty (excuse sp.)

    Sorry for off topic discussion.

    By Anonymous Brian, at June 03, 2008 10:51 am  

  • Brian, your comment is off topic and against our site rules, so it's been removed.

    The game was poor, and hardly worth showing again, but because you've so adamantly insisted on seeing the highlights again, I'll add them in a bit for you and the others who didn't manage to see it live.

    In future post requests in the request section please. cheers

    By Blogger Rugbydump, at June 03, 2008 12:09 pm  

  • I know seven's is tiring but some of the tackling is abysmal. I don't know, maybe its because I'm only familiar with the 15 man game.

    By Anonymous Bonzai, at June 03, 2008 12:11 pm  

  • would be good to see the scotland v fiji game at edinburgh. most exciting game of sevens i can remember watching ! think it was the plate semi final. went rite down to the wire

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 03, 2008 3:54 pm  

  • I know it didn't affect the outcome of the game but I genuinely don't think Ollie Phillips' try was grounded properly.

    By Anonymous Scott, at June 04, 2008 1:01 pm  

  • that game made the murrayfield crowd happy! :)

    By Anonymous 300, at September 22, 2008 10:52 am  

  • are any of these guys actually from new zealand.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 18, 2009 3:19 pm  

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