December 2 2005

NZ Sevens have to be content with Plate win at Dubai

New Zealand swept through pool play at the 2005 Dubai Sevens but came unstuck on Day 2 of the tournament, losing a close semi-final against Fiji 14 – 17.

Consigned to the Plate competition they were relatively untroubled to beat Australia, then France in the Plate final.

Tafai Ioasa - NZ captain at Dubai.

Results, Day 1.

v Canada                              Won 24 – 7    Ashford (2), Lawrence, Ioasa tries.

Ashford 2 con.

v Arabian Gulf                     Won 60 – 0    Pedersen (2), Reid (2), Cocker,

Ioasa, Lawrence, Pelenise, Mafi,

Hona tries. Valence (3), Reid (2) con.

v France                                Won 45 –12  Ioasa (2), Valence (2), Lawrence,

Cocker, Pedersen tries. Ashford (3),

Valence, Pedersen con.


Day 2.

v Fiji (Cup qf)                       Lost 14 – 17  Cocker, Lawrence tries. Valence,

Ashford con.

v Australia (Plate sf)           Won 24 – 0    Reid, Mafi, Lawrence, Cocker tries.

Valence, Ashford con.

V France (Plate final)         Won 19 – 7    Valence, Lawrence, Hona tries.

Valence, Reid con.

England defeated Fiji 28 – 26 in the Cup final.

 This tournament was the first of the 2005/6 IRB Sevens series, in which New Zealand finished a disappointing 4th after having won the previous six series. However New Zealand did win the 2006 Commonwealth Games Sevens in Melbourne in March.