New Zealand vs Uruguay – USA Sevens Rugby
28 - 7
Pool DSam Boyd Stadium03/02/201803:22 PM2018 USA Sevens

It took much longer than might be expected, but New Zealand got on the board first with a converted try under the post by Regan Ware. To the shock of many, the next points were for Uruguay by way of Diego Ardao and a great conversion by Guillermo Lijtenstein. That made the match at 7–7 where it stood at half.

Thirty seconds into the second half, New Zealand got back in front with a try by Tim Mikkelson capping off a strong charge by Sione Molia. Vilimoni Koroi gladly added the simple conversion. But New Zealand lost the momentum when the restart kick went out the dead-ball line. The All Blacks Sevens kept Uruguay from doing much more than eat into the clock with its possession. With 2:22 left in the match, Regan Ware danced through the Uruguay defense for his second try of the match. Koroi added his third conversion to put the match likely out of reach. Joe Ravouvou appeared to score to end the match, but a late penalty brought the ball back, and gave Uruguay a chance at a consolation score. A penalty ended that chance and New Zealand methodically worked for a try to end the match, this also coming from Ravouvou. Andrew Knewstubb’s conversion was good for a final score of New Zealand 28, Uruguay 7.

In the end, the score did not reflect the quality of the match. Like Chile at last year’s USA Sevens, Uruguay managed to turn heads even in a loss and will be exciting to watch the rest of the way.