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Thursday 8 December 2016

Lightning can strike twice! Japan pull off another massive shock with Olympic sevens win over New Zealand

Published 09/08/2016 | 17:18

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Japan players celebrate victory after the Men's Rugby Sevens Pool C match between New Zealand and Japan on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Deodoro Stadium on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Japan players celebrate victory after the Men's Rugby Sevens Pool C match between New Zealand and Japan on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Deodoro Stadium on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

It might not have topped their 15-man team's stunning World Cup victory over South Africa last year but Japan's sevens side will remember today's win over a heavily favoured New Zealand outfit for just as long.

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The men in black are one of the sides hoping for gold in Rio but a late try from Kameli Soejima followed by a conversion from Katsuyuki Sakai saw the sevens team join their World Cup heroes in securing a mammoth southern hemisphere scalp.

Shunya Goto gave his team an early lead with a converted try before Scott Curry touched down in reply, with Gillies Kaka adding the extras. Akira Ioane then gave New Zealand the lead in the second half but crucially, the conversion was off target.

The Japanese launched a brilliant late counter-attack to move within yards of the opposition line before Soejima crossed for the decisive score.

Unsurprisingly, New Zealand launched a furious late attack in an attempt to snatch victory but Japan bundled a runner into touch and a second historic win against a Rugby Championship opponent was sealed.

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