14 May 2015

NZ sevens call up another injury replacement

12:23 pm on 14 May 2015

The New Zealand rugby sevens coach Sir Godon Tietjens has been forced to call up a third player for the final round of the World Series in London this weekend.

Waikato's Isaac Te Tamaki gets tackled by the shorts. Day 2, National Sevens, Rotorua, 2015.

Waikato's Isaac Te Tamaki gets tackled by the shorts. Day 2, National Sevens, Rotorua, 2015. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Lote Raikabula and Declan O'Donnell flew to London to replace Ambrose Curtis and Tim Mikkelson who were injured at the Scotland leg.

Now the Waikato speedster Isaac Te Tamaki has been rushed into the team to replace the injured Jow Webber.

New Zealand qualified for next year's Rio Olympic Games but they failed to defend their Glasgow title.

They were beaten 24-17 by Fiji, who won their fourth title of the year.

Apisai Domolailai came off the bench to score two second half tries, with Fiji coming from 12-5 down at half time to secure their fourth Cup title of the season.

The New Zealand coach Sir Gordon Tietjens says Fiji's flair ultimately proved the difference between losing and winning.

"No excuses whatsoever I thought we still produced a performance that we could have won it (the final) perhaps but a couple of defining moments missed tackles and just some Fijian flair that we couldn't compete with."

Fiji now lead the overall standings on 147 points heading into the final tournament in England this weekend.

South Africa, who were beaten by Fiji in the quarter-finals, are second on 142 points with defending World Series champions New Zealand third on 139 points.

All three teams have qualified for the 2016 Olympics.

New Zealand now face Australia, Wales and Japan in their pool in the final leg in England this weekend.

While Australia (101 points) still have a mathematical chance of making Rio, they'll need a mighty performance and a bit of luck to overtake England (117 points) in fourth.

New Zealand will need to win the final leg in England this weekend to have any chance of winning an unprecendented 13th World Series title.