Stanaway stars but ABs fall flat

Monday February 05, 2018 Written by Published in Rugby Union

Cook Islander Teddy Stanaway continues to make a name for himself on the international sevens stage, despite an unsatisfactory result this weekend at the Hamilton Sevens in New Zealand.

 

While the All Blacks Sevens team suffered a disappointing loss at last week’s Sydney Sevens, falling in the quarter-finals to eventual winners Australia, the side was still heavily favoured to win at home.

But once again they produced a goose egg, succumbing to Fiji 14-12 in the semi-finals, and losing the bronze-medal match 8-7 to Australia.

Although the overall result less than stellar, Stanaway strengthened his case for selection for the Commonwealth Games in April.

He was a key man off the bench, averaging 11 minutes a match, and started the final pool game for the Kiwis against Argentina.

In a very close match, Stanaway got on the board straight away – his first try in black this year, and the fifth for his international career, which proved to be the difference in the 17-12 victory.

The Kiwis will now lick their wounds as they wait for the next leg of the World Sevens Series, which will take place in Las Vegas next month.

In Hamilton, Fiji claimed their first tournament win of the year, narrowly defeating South Africa 24-17.

South Africa currently top the standings with 77 points, as they have proven to be the most consistent side by claiming a medal in each country, including gold in Dubai.

Coming away empty-handed in Hamilton means that New Zealand drop to second on 69 points.

They are trailed by Fiji, who sit on 62, and fourth-placed Australia on 60.

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