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

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

Kiwis coach David Kidwell is unsure what his future holds coaching the national side following New Zealand's humiliating early exit at the Rugby League World Cup.

Fiji dominated the first half in Wellington but were too slow and laboured to break the Kiwis down as they failed to add to Apisai Koroisau's penalty.

It was a shock result but a deserved one in what was only the second try-less match in World Cup history.

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Captain Kevin Naiqama was reduced to tears after Fiji stunned New Zealand to set up a World Cup semi-final against Australia.

And there was no way back after Taane Milne kicked Fiji into a two point lead in the 61st minute.

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

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"We're going all the way", an emotional Naiqama said.

He said: "It's indescribable".

"I had the utmost belief from the moment we went into camp". I'm so proud of these boys. I never stopped believing.

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"Mixed altogether you would think the water level is a little lower than the other teams but when they (Fiji) come together they really form a tight unit and we have trained really well". We laid the foundations in '08 and we have seen the fruits in 2017.

"We are in the business of slaying giants, we got one tonight and it is the biggest test next week. It's as simple as that.".

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