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Koroi clinches Plate title in Vancouver

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allblacks.com     13 Mar 2017     World Rugby

It looked like the Scott Waldrom-coached side would have to settle for sixth place when Argentina took the lead with less than a minute to play. Stuck deep in their own half, 18-year-old playmaker Vilimoni Koroi pulled off one of the plays of the tournament when he chipped over the Argentina defence, regathered and ran 60 metres to the line. 

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Although disappointed to miss out on the semifinals, the All Blacks Sevens were impressive throughout the weekend. After an unbeaten day one, the side were pipped by eventual champions England 12-14 in the quarterfinal on day two. Taking on Australia in the Plate semifinal, New Zealand were flawless in running out to a 21-0 victory.

The Plate final belonged to Koroi. The young speedster had been dangerous all weekend with his line-breaking ability and showed that he has the temperament for the big stage with his clutch play at the death against Argentina.
England claimed their second title on the 2016/17 circuit with a 19-7 win over South Africa in the final. In front of the packed 40,000 crowd at BC Place Stadium, England bounced back from a 7-0 deficit to claim the convincing victory.

With four tournaments to play, South Africa remain clear on top of the ladder on 126 points with England second on 103 and Fiji third on 100 points. New Zealand have retained their fourth spot but are further back on 84 points.

The next tournament takes place in Hong Kong on 7-9 April.