The All Blacks Sevens have hung on to beat Australia 17-14 in a dramatic Vancouver sevens final that featured three yellow cards.

NZ hung on with six players after Sam Dickson was sin binned for two minutes with a little over 90 seconds left in the game.

Joe Ravouvou scored a double for NZ with Andrew Knewstubb crossing for the other try.

Australia were reduced to five men for 20 seconds at one point with Lachie Miller joining Maurice Longbottom in the bin.

Two second-half yellow cards cost Australia dearly as New Zealand’s men came from behind to win their third sevens title this season after triumphing 17-14 in the Vancouver Sevens final.

New Zealand finished the decider a man down after Scott Dickson’s yellow card but held on after Australia threw a careless forward pass from their final attack.

The Kiwis didn’t touch the ball in the opening five minutes as Australia opted for a patient game but they managed to score only once through Lachie Anderson.

New Zealand hit back from their first attack when Joe Ravouvou went over but Australia extended their half-time lead to 14-5 with Maurice Longbottom’s breakaway try from the final play.

It was a heated second stanza and Lachie Miller was also yellow-carded as players from both sides clashed over a late tackle.

With Australia temporarily down to five men, Ravouvou’s second gave New Zealand the lead for the first time and they held on.

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