Australia beat New Zealand in Sevens friendly

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James Mortimer     30 Apr 2012     Getty Images

While any win over the reigning HSBC World Sevens Series champions is not to be dismissed, the current leaders with two legs remaining were understrength.

Lote Raikabula, Kylem O’Donnell and Waisake Naholo remained in New Zealand, captain DJ Forbes was rested, while strike weapons Tim Mikkelson and Tomasi Cama played minimal time off the bench.

New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens said after the match that he wanted to give wider members of the group a run, and some players hadn’t played at this level for some time.

Australia opened the scoring in the first minute, with Jordon Tuapou scoring the first try, before Jack Wilson hit back for the visitors.

However tries to Matt Lucas, Shannon Walker and Lindsay Crook saw the Australians take a stranglehold on the match, although New Zealand was able to fight back towards the end with two tries to Joe Webber and Charles Piutau.

New Zealand leads the overall series on 128 points, well ahead of Australia who are in sixth place on 84.

Fiji (122), South Africa (105) England (104) and Samoa (101) round out the top five.

The next leg of the series is in Glasgow next month, before shifting to London for the final round.