The New Zealand rugby sevens team has had its lead in the IRB series cut to just 2 points after being beaten in the quarter-finals of the Adelaide tournament by Samoa, who went on to win their second straight event.
The New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens was disappointed that 2 mistakes by the referee cost them victory in their extra-time 24-19 loss to Samoa, however was happy with his side that they then went on to beat Fiji and South Africa to win the plate.
It was the New Zealanders third straight loss to Samoa.
Samoa, who won in Las Vegas, beat suprise finalists the United States 38-10 in the final.
So with 3 rounds remaining New Zealand have 96 points, Samoa 94 and Fiji 74.
The next round is in Hong Kong this weekend.