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New Zealand now fourth on Sevens table

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Lynn McConnell     06 Feb 2017     Getty Images

New Zealand, after beating Fiji in injury time in their quarter-final, then lost to England in a tight semi-final. But they recovered to beat hosts Australia in the playoff for third. South Africa continued their dominance of the series by beating England and moving to 85 points out of a possible maximum of 88.

England are second on 68 points, Fiji third on 64 and New Zealand fourth on 56 points. Six rounds remain with the next tournament in Las Vegas on March 3-5.

All Blacks Sevens captain Scott Curry was pleased with their good showing on day one with three good wins and then to come out and put in a good performance against a tough Fiji side had been encouraging.

But it had been at a cost because it took a little out of the side for their semi-final against England which had been disappointing.

"To go on and finish well against Australia with quite a few young boys out there was really pleasing," he said.

"It's good to see the progress. We lost to Fiji in Wellington so to come back – we were down to six men at one stage – and take it out from our own line and win it at the end there showed some real character," he said.

The younger players in the side had fitted in really well. Trael Joass and Andrew Knewstubb had opportunities in the bronze medal game to show what they were made of and had done very well which was pleasing, he said.

"We're looking forward to Las Vegas. Obviously we want to improve and keep working on little areas of our game. We can execute slightly better on our line breaks. That's something we worked on this week but we can continue to work on that.

"We're creating opportunities which is really pleasing but we just need to finish those," he said.