The Kiwis crossed twice before McConnochie got his second score of the game and in a match which ebbed and flowed before a Scott Curry try eventually secured the win for the hosts.
Samoan sevens player Jacob Ale has been suspended for one match after he was cited for a risky charge in their playoff match for 5th place against Kenya at the HSBC New Zealand Sevens tournament in Hamilton this evening.
Fiji has knocked New Zealand out of the Hamilton sevens.
Speedster Eroni Sau is on fifth place with 151 points.
Both sides scored two tries in the second half, but it was Samoa who waked away with a 22-17 victory.
Four tournaments, four different winners - this year's Sevens World Series continues to surprise and entertain.
The Blitzboks were in commanding form throughout the tournament, as they had been in Sydney a week earlier.
FIJIAN rugby trademark off-loads hit global limelight again yesterday when Fiji Airways Fiji 7s reps, Kalione Nasoko and Alosio Naduva combined twice to score the winning tries for Fiji in the Cup final of the Hamilton 7s in New Zealand last night.
In the game to decide who finished top, England were undone by world champions South Africa in a 7-28 defeat, with Dan Norton going over for England's only score in the final play of the game.
New Zealand Sevens Tournament general manager Steve Dunbar said hosting a world series in New Zealand could not be taken for granted.
Alosio Sovita Naduva scored three tries as rallied from 17-5 down at halftime to beat 24-17 Sunday in the final of the leg of the Rugby Sevens World Series.
"It's been a tough two weeks for us as a programme losing out in the quarter-final stages - we aspire to be better than that", said the head coach.
New Zealand lost the bronze final in the final moments of the match against Australia, a penalty kick was the defining moment in the match, for New Zealand to have to settle for fourth place, losing by just one point.
"We had to believe in that and we got momentum in the tackle and in the contact areas".
A Syrian militant in the area told The Associated Press that the Russian pilot was shot and killed when he resisted capture. Videos seen by Al Jazeera appear to show FSA fighters standing over her body in a village near the Turkish border.
Investors and analysts widely expect the central bank will raise short-term interest rates at its next policy meeting in March. At the same time, some 18 states raised minimum wages in January and that likely added to the increase in pay.
By 12:40, seconds after the Finance Minister uttered Long Term Capital Gains Tax in the Parliament, the enthusiasm was skittled. Global markets, too, traded in the red owing to inflation fears and rising U.S. bond yields.
Haley Parks' father tells NJ.com the team reached out on social media Friday, offering his daughter the tickets. Haley was sitting in a restaurant when she saw the post and said she "literally started screaming" over it.
The suspect, Innocent Oseghale, who was denied asylum a year ago but has remained in Italy , has refused to talk to police. The news agency ANSA said witnesses reported that the vehicle was seen in the area where the woman's body was found.
Rihanna on Thursday tweeted "merci" to thank Macron for co-hosting the conference, which she is also expected to attend. The goal of the conference is to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for education in the poorest of nations.
After a few seconds of struggle, he smiles, causing Meghan to smile as well, leaning in to see if she can help him out. The royal couple made their first public appearance together the same month, at the Invictus Games in Toronto.
Lockler went on to say that if you do get sick, "wash your stinkin' hands so you don't get all your babies sick!" ER Dr. Lockler also showed her viewers how to sneeze properly and minimize the risk of spreading the flu.
Gary Neville podcast - Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham
I think nothing, to be honest. "It was an outstanding performance, [he was] a threat the whole 90 minutes, that's true". Liverpool remain in third place, while Tottenham stay two points behind Klopp's side in fifth.
Israel legalises outpost after settler shot dead
Last week, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man and demolished four homes during a raid in Jenin in search of Jarrar. Rabbi Raziel Shevah was shot dead outside the wildcat Havat Gilad settlement in the occupied West Bank on 9 January.
S. African president faces top ruling party officials
Opposition leader Julius Malema, a former ANC member, said Mr Zuma had refused to resign at the meeting late on Sunday. Pressure remains on Zuma to step down, though reports suggest he is resisting doing so voluntarily.
United seek a reaction on Sanchez's home bow
Mata curled a fine cross in towards the near post from the left flank and Lukaku nipped in front of his marker to divert home. The no.7's penalty was parried by keeper Jonas Lossi, but the Chilean followed up to claim his first goal in a United shirt.
CAS nullifies lifetime Olympic bans on Russians
CAS's verdict drew a whithering response from Jim Walden, the lawyer of doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov . A total of 43 Russians were originally banned over doping offences at the Sochi Olympics.
Groundhog Predicts Six More Weeks of Winter in US
How is Groundhog Day celebrated? The marathon started at 6am this morning and will continue uninterrupted until 4.45am tomorrow. Doug Sacrison traveled over 4,000 kilometers from Washington State this year to attend his first Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney.