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ALL BLACKS CELEBRATE WIN

After going 2-1 in pool play, losing only to England, the Eagles lost the opening match of the Cup round to New Zealand, 24-7. The All Blacks won their second consecutive Sevens tournament over home nation Australia 27-24. Fiji beat South Africa for third place 26-12.

Facing Kenya in the first Plate game, the Eagles were up 21-0 at halftime and lost 24-21, scoring no points in the second period. Argentina shutout Kenya 24-0 for the Plate.

Canada won three times on the second day to claim the Bowl. Wales defeated Russia 26-19 for the Shield.

For the Eagles, it's time to forget this fail and concentrate on Las Vegas in March, when home nation hopes will spring.

A final statistic:  Sydney's Allianz Stadium filled to capacity welcoming 37,095 spectators, a sell out record for Australia.