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Sevens joy for NZ

 May 12,2013
Written by: SARugby.com Editor
 

New Zealand celebrated their Sevens Series title with a London Cup triumph on Sunday, prevailing 47-12 against Australia in the final at Twickenham.

This was their second Cup title of the season.

Gordon Tietjens' side made it to the final after beating Kenya 7-0 thanks to Pita Ahki's try before Australia held off an onslaught from the hosts, England, to win 14-7 in their semi-final. 

England finished third for the second successive tournament beating Kenya 26-19 despite a hat-trick from William Ambaka. At the end of the Series, New Zealand finished top in the overall standings ahead of South Africa in second, Fiji finished third and Samoa fourth. Having reached five Cup semi finals across the season Mike Friday's Kenya ended fifth with England sixth. 

Earlier England came from 14-0 behind to beat South Africa 19-14 after sudden death extra time in the fourth and final Cup quarter-final. Marcus Watson scored the winning try to the delight of the crowd after a fine break from Dan Norton, to set up their match with Australia. 

In the first quarter final Kurt Baker (2), Lote Raikabula (3), Sherwin Stowers, Rocky Khan and Tim Mikkelson all scored for the 2012/13 Sevens World Series champions New Zealand against Argentina with Raikabula's third try in his hat-trick his 100th Series career try. 

In the second semi-final Oscar Ouma scored twice as Kenya recorded a first ever victory in the World Series against Fiji, winning 20-7. James Stannard then broke the hearts of the Americans, scoring a match winning try of Australia's 24-19 in an enthralling match. 

Plate

Fiji prevented USA from claiming a third successive Plate by winning 14-5 in the final.

Earlier they beat Argentina 26-12 in the first semi-final while USA beat South Africa 22-5 in only their second ever victory against Paul Treu's side, the first coming on day one. 

Bowl

Wales beat France 19-7 in the final of the Bowl thanks to a James Davies hat-trick after beating Samoa 21-12 in the Bowl semi-finals before Les Bleus defeated Canada 28-14 thanks to Terry Bouhraoua scoring 13 points. 

London results:

New Zealand 52-0 Argentina - QF Cup
Kenya 20-7 Fiji - QF Cup
Australia 24-19 United States - QF Cup
England 19-14 (AET) South Africa - QF Cup

Wales 21-12 Samoa - SF Bowl
France 28-14 Canada - SF Bowl
Argentina 12-26 Fiji - SF Plate
USA 22-5 South Africa - SF Plate

New Zealand 7-0 Kenya - SF Cup
Australia 14-7 England - SF Cup

Wales 19-7 France - Final Bowl
Fiji 14-5 United States - Final Plate
Kenya 19-26 England - Third Place
New Zealand 47-12 Australia - Final Cup

Core-team qualifying tournament:

Scotland, Spain and Portugal retain their core-team status for 2013/14.

Results:

Portugal 10-5 Russia - Qualifier Third Place
Russia 0-19 Scotland - Qualifier SF
Portugal 5-10 Spain - Qualifier SF
Scotland 31-0 Tonga - Qualifier QF
Zimbabwe 7-26 Russia - Qualifier QF
Spain 29-14 Hong Kong - Qualifier QF
Portugal 17-5 Georgia - Qualifier QF

With thanks to the IRB 

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