18-year-old All Black Sevens' injury replacement steps off plane and smokes the Blitzboks

All Blacks Sevens’ Xavier Tito-Harris was known as up as injury replacement for Moses Leo for the ultimate leg of the World Sevens Sequence in London.


The 18-year-old solely arrived to the UK on Thursday however the jet lag appeared to don’t have any influence as he logged a second-half double on day one in opposition to South Africa in the ultimate pool sport of the day.

His first attempt got here from deep inside New Zealand’s 22 as he took on the Blitzboks’ line, bursting by way of two defenders after a well-placed fend.

Tito-Harris confirmed his pace as he sprinted away from the cowl defence over 80 metres to attain in entrance of the Twickenham crowd.

Lower than sixty seconds later he had his second after scooping up a free go after the restart.

He nudged the free go with a slight kick earlier than skilfully regathering the ball in a single movement diving over to attain and lengthen the result in 32-7 over South Africa.

After making his debut in Hong Kong earlier this yr, Tito-Harris is the newest younger rising star for New Zealand together with Cody Vai and Payton Spencer, all of whom have debuted this yr.

A late comeback noticed the Blitzboks add some respectability to the ultimate 32-21 scoreline however they couldn’t cease the All Blacks Sevens qualifying for the Cup quarter-finals.


The New Zealand males’s Sevens aspect confirmed no indicators of slowing down after already claiming the Sequence title in Toulouse final weekend.

Pool stage wins over USA by 35-17 and Nice Britain by 20-5 arrange a quarter-final showdown with France.

In the different Cup quarter-finals Argentina face Eire, Samoa face Nice Britain and Fiji play Australia.

Australia and Samoa head into Sunday in a two-way battle for the final automated Olympic Video games qualification spot.


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