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allblacks.com     17 Apr 2017     World Rugby

In a weekend of upsets, the All Blacks Sevens bounced back from a quarterfinal loss to eventual champions Canada by winning the Plate title.

It wasn’t an easy road for Scott Waldrom’s side to win back-to-back Plate titles with South Africa, Fiji and reigning Singapore Champions Kenya also in the Plate round. 

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In a thrilling Plate semifinal against Kenya, the All Blacks Sevens snatched victory after the hooter when Lewis Ormond laid on a spectacular finish to claim the 24-21 win.

Earlier, series leaders South Africa had edged reigning Olympic champions Fiji 19-14 to confirm their place in the Plate final against New Zealand.

With the score locked at 12-12 with time almost up in the Plate final, impressive youngster Vilimoni Koroi chose the right time to dot down for his first try of the weekend when he went over from a Sam Dickson assist to claim the 17-12 victory.

The win was the All Blacks second consecutive Plate title after also claiming fifth place in Hong Kong last week.
The story of the day belonged to Canada who took out New Zealand and England in knockout play to set up an all-North American final against USA.

With playmaker Nate Hirayama running the cutter expertly, Canada leapt to a 19-0 lead before USA came storming back through a double to speedster Perry Baker and try to Stephan Tomasin to make it 19-19.

But it was to be Canada’s day as they held their nerve to cross for one more try and then defend stoutly to win their first ever title.

Player of the Final Nate Hirayama said: “I am speechless. I am so proud of the boys. Working so hard for a long time. Feels good to put it together. Fiji was a wake-up call, it wasn’t good enough, but we just kept on rolling today.”

Elsewhere, England edged Australia 14-12 in the third place playoff to claim the bronze medal.

The All Blacks Sevens are in fourth place on the overall series ladder with two tournaments remaining in Paris (13-14 May) and London (20-21 May).