New Zealand vs Russia – USA Sevens Rugby
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Pool CSam Boyd Stadium03/03/201708:14 PMUSA Sevens

As with a great many nations to have run into the New Zealand buzzsaw, Russia has never beaten the All Blacks Sevens, losing all fifteen outings by an average scoreline of 41–5. This match looked much less likely to go to New Zealand by thirty-six points. Still, New Zealand entered as the prohibitive favorite, heaving never missed a quarterfinal. The only nation in the history of the series that can boast that accomplishment. It took longer than New Zealand supporters would have hoped, but New Zealand scored first for a 7–0 advantage. Well after the clock showed zeroes, Russian captain German Davydov made an astonishing move up the touchline and offloaded in the nick of time to Eme Patris Peki for the try in the right corner. The difficult conversion was left wanting, but the lead was trimmed to a mere two points.

The second half began more characteristically for New Zealand when Isaac Te Tamaki pushed the lead back to seven with a try in the exact same corner as Russia’s score to end the first half. Russia held strong much of the rest of the second half, but with only thirty seconds remaining, New Zealand captain DJ Forbes added the try in line with the uprights, putting the match out of reach. With enough time for the restart and little more, the AllBlacks pressured for a final score, but a chip and chase ended up in Russian hands only to be dotted down in-goal to concede the match. New Zealand 19, Russia 5. The result is not enough to keep Russia from returning to the challenge trophy competition, but shows that the future is bright for the Russian men’s sevens program. With the win, New Zealand’s unblemished streak of quarterfinals remains.