The Gordon Tietjens coached side registered its first try via Tim Mikkelson which was brilliantly set up by Tomasi Cama Junior. NZ led 5-0.
The classy All Black Sevens simply squeezed Fiji out of the game with DJ Forbes scoring NZ’s second try which was successfully converted by Cama Junior. NZ led 12-0.
Then, thunder storm around Luzhniki Stadium temporarily halted the match after New Zealand led 12-0 within 4 minutes. The match was held up for an hour as an electrical storm buzzed the Russian capital. The players were taken off the field for safety reasons and TV and internet feeds were also severely disrupted.
New Zealand made another try through Bryce Heem when the match resumed to extend its lead to 17-0 at Half Time as the rain came down again.
New Zealand held on and they won the first Cup semi-final 17-0.
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