Published: Mon, November 20, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Fiji defeat New Zealand 4-2 in thrilling quarter-final

Fiji defeat New Zealand 4-2 in thrilling quarter-final

Apisai Koroisau gave them a 2-0 half-time lead with his 14th minute penalty and the Kiwis already looked to be in trouble.

One of only three countries to have won the World Cup, the 2008 champions instead found themselves under huge pressure from the off and but for Fiji's decision to tap penalties rather than take the points, could have faced a heavy deficit at the break.

The Bati could not make the most of Jordan Rapana's sin-binning and only held a slender advantage heading into the closing stages after Shaun Johnson and Taane Milne exchanged two-pointers.

But any hopes they would build on that effort were dashed as Milne accepted the offer of two points after more Kiwi indiscipline.

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The Kiwis were ousted from the tournament after a 4-2 quarter-final defeat at the hands of Fiji on Saturday night.

In the 10 games under Kidwell since he took over September previous year, the Kiwis have won three, drawn one and lost six.

He said: "It's indescribable".

"We couldn't deliver what I thought we could deliver". I'm so proud of these boys. I never stopped believing.

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He says this is one of the many reasons we don't want people trying to get onto the pitch- because it's risky. "It's a dream come true to get it done".

"We slayed a giant tonight", he said. We laid the foundations in '08 and we have seen the fruits in 2017.

"We have got some under-20 players in our squad, we've got some Massey Cup players in our squad, we've got some State Cup players in our squad and of course we've got some NRL players. It's as simple as that.".

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