Samoa ensured that they finished in fifth position with a 19-17 victory over New Zealand and avenged their hurtful day-one loss to the outfit.

With fifth place on the line, the duo played out another corker and they traded early tries as two prolific try-scorers – Joe Ravouvou and John Vaili – set out their stalls. Samoa then put their noses in front as every player played their part in a team score for a 14-7 cushion. In the second half, ill-discipline plagued the work of Samoa and their two yellows cards (one for a deliberate knock-on and one for not giving the ball back) were punished. The All Blacks Sevens led 17-14 in the final seconds of normal time but then own discipline waned. With Samoa facing six, Vaili took it upon himself to use the space and deliver the footwork and fend that clinched a victory.

Earlier in the day, Samoa had to overcome a tense comeback from Argentina for the honour of playing in the fifth-place final while New Zealand and Australia played out a classic contest that went to extra time. In the end, Tim Mikkelson was the man to break Australian hearts as he accelerated over and scored the decisive points.

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