Hamilton 7s: Argentina beats NZ 14-12 on their home ground
Black Ferns thrashes USA 33-7 to successfully defend women’s title

Hamilton 7s: Argentina beats NZ 14-12 on their home ground

Black Ferns thrashes USA 33-7 to successfully defend women’s title

By Mosese Raqio
Sunday 22/01/2023
[Image: World Rugby]

Argentina has created history by beating New Zealand 14-12 at the last Hamilton 7s final.

It was Argentina’s first ever cup final win in 13 years.

New Zealand lost half centurion Reagan Ware in the first minute of the game to a knee injury and was later reduced to 6 men after Joe Webber was yellow carded for a high tackle in the second minute.

Fijian born Akuila Rokolisoa scored a try through individual brilliance for New Zealand in the 4th minute with an unsuccessful conversion to give them a 5-0 lead.

Roderick Solo extended New Zealand lead to 12-0 with a converted try at the half time hooter.

Argentina started the second half strongly with Santiago Alvarez grabbing a converted try to close the gap to 12-7.

2021 World Rugby's Men’s Sevens Player of the Year award, Marcos Moneta scored Argentina's second try in the 5th minute of the second spell with a successful conversion to give the Pumas a 14-12 lead.

New Zealand’s Sione Molia had a chance to win the game but lost the ball on the try line after the full time hooter.

Despite the loss, New Zealand now leads the overall standings with 63 points followed by USA with 61 points and Argentina in third place with 59 points.

After finishing the tournament at 7th place, Fiji Airways national men’s team is now 8th on the overall standings with 53 points.

Meanwhile, the Black Ferns successfully defended their Hamilton 7s title after thrashing USA 33-7 in the final.

Player of the Final, Michaela Blyde was the toast for the Black Ferns side scoring 3 tries.

The Black Ferns leads the women’s overall standings with 58 points followed by Australia with 54 points and USA are 3rd with 50 points.

Fiji Airways Fijiana is 7th with 26 points after their 8th place finish at the tournament.

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