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Auckland finish second to Buenos Aires at World Club 7s

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aucklandrugby.co.nz     19 Aug 2014     Getty Images

After going through Day One of competition undefeated and qualifying as second seed the team were confident heading into the knock out round.

Having drawn New York in the quarter finals, Auckland came storming out of the blocks with Tom Wiley dashing over within the first 30 seconds. Melani Nanai and Rocky Khan also picked up first half tries.

In the second spell Nanai bundled over before Stacey Ili and Kali Hala got their own rewards as the Auckland eased to a 22-5 win.

That victory set up a semi final against Western Province from South Africa.

The first half was played at pace and Western Province crossed for two tries and the half time lead.

But in the space of a second-half minute, Tutu Tairea and Khan levelled the scores to take the game to a golden-point decider - and Mitch Karpik stole away from the restart to clinch it for Auckland 19-14.

Undoubtedly the two standout teams of the competition, Buenos Aires and Auckland, were to meet in the final - and the Argentinians took an early lead.

Then Karpik found himself with time and space on the right to run over and restore parity, before the conversion sent Auckland into the lead.

It got even better for Karpik as this time the Kiwi cantered home in the left-hand corner, and Auckland marched on after the break thanks to Kali Hala.

Heartbreakingly Buenos Aires crossed for two tries in the final three minutes to ensure the 26-22 victory, Karpik's third try just a consolation.

The second place finish comes after a third place at the Limerick Sevens a week prior.

The team will now return to New Zealand and player will join various 15-a-side rep teams before the Sevens programme starts again at the end of the year.