8 Feb 2009

NZ fall at final hurdle in Wellington

5:56 am on 8 February 2009

The New Zealand sevens side has came agonisingly close to winning the Wellington leg of the sevens rugby world series, but were denied by England in the dying minutes of the Cup final.

Scoring three tries to one and a 17-5 nil lead at halftime New Zealand appeared to have the game sewn up.

But silly mistakes allowed England to score three unanswered tries in the second half to win their first ever New Zealand event 19-17.

Captain Dj Forbes says they let themselves down.

Coach Gordon Tiejtens describes losing when they were so close to winning as heartbreaking.

But New Zealand has closed the gap to four points behind South Africa who won the Plate final against Wales.