Team GB lose rugby sevens semi-final 29-7 to New Zealand

Team GB lose rugby sevens semi-final 29-7 to New Zealand as Tony Roques’ men are forced to settle for the bronze-medal match later TODAY

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Great Britain’s men will contest the sevens bronze medal game at Tokyo Stadium after losing 29-7 to New Zealand in the semi-final.

Britain were without captain Tom Mitchell, who suffered an injury during the comeback quarter-final win over the United States, so Dan Bibby took over as skipper.

New Zealand opened the scoring through a Scott Curry try that Andrew Knewstubb converted, but Britain’s response was immediate as World Series record try-scorer Dan Norton sprinted clear and Bibby added the extras.

Team GB will have to fight for a bronze medal after losing their rugby sevens semi-final

New Zealand’s Regan Ware (No 9) was among their tryscorers in 29-7 victory on Wednesday

Joe Webber fends off a challenge as New Zealand ran riot against the 2016 silver medallists  

A Regan Ware touchdown converted by Knewstubb made it 14-7 at half-time, before he crossed again early in the second period, then Dylan Collier’s score and a second for Curry booked a place in the Olympic final against Fiji or Argentina.

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