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New Zealand 12-14 Japan: Brave Blossoms cause massive upset….again

  • Japan produced the biggest shock in Rio so far with their 14-12 defeat of New Zealand
  • Tries from Teruya Goto and Kameli Soejima secured the historic victory
  • Sonny Bill Williams and Joe Webber left the field assisted by medical staff
Japan have made the biggest upset in Sevens history after beating New Zealand in the Olympics with what was an immense performance!

Sublime offloads out the back meant that Teruya Goto shockingly opened the scoring  for JapanNew Zealand weren’t rattled and went down the other end with Scott Curry levelling the scores with his try, 7-7.



Just after Sonny Bill Williams left the field injured, Akira Ioane used every ounce of his strength to blast through the middle of the Japanese defence and give the men in black the lead.

Nevertheless, their lead was short-lived as Japan, brimming with confidence, retook the lead through Kameli Soejima.

Joe Webber then left the field assisted by medical staff before Japan clung on for win, the ball going into touch deep in their 22 to cause an enormous upset.


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