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New Zealand seal London title, Series

11th May 2014 09:24

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Silverware: Tietjiens and Forbes

New Zealand crowned their World Series title in perfect style by defeating Australia to win the London Sevens 52-33 at Twickenham.

After trailing 21-0 early on the champions fought back to tie the scores at 28-28, before racing away in the second half as on Sir Gordon Tietjiens' men know how to do.

It meant that Australia coach Mick O'Connor tasted a heartbreaking defeat in his final game in charge of the side.

Australia's three tries in the first half secured their semi-final victory in a tense 15-12 win over hosts England on Sunday, booking their spot in the final.

Scott Curry scored two tries as New Zealand booked their place in the Cup final of the London Sevens beating Fiji 12-10, his second coming after the buzzer had sounded.

Seabelo Senatla scored his 11th, 12th and 13th tries of the London Sevens to help South Africa win the Plate by beating Kenya 38-7 in the final.

21 points Phil Mack helped Canada win the Bowl by beating Argentina 24-14 in the final. Geraint John's side ended an impressive season, in which they finished sixth in the overall Series, with eight more points for their Series tally.

Mike Palefau and Zack Test both scored two tries in the final of the Shield, as the USA ended their season with a 36-12 over Japan.


Reaction

New Zealand captain DJ Forbes on lifting his team's 12th Sevens World Series trophy: "Close to a 100 points in a final, that was a spectacle and to come back down from 21-0 to win is pretty special. People see all the flash stuff on the pitch but there's a lot of hard work behind the scenes. It's good to finish off the series with a bang."

New Zealand coach Sir Gordon Tietjens on retaining their London Sevens title: "It wasn't in the plan to be 21-0 down. I only made one change for the final after a tough game against Fiji. We had to do it the hard way."

Outgoing coach Michael O'Connor in his final match in charge of Australia: "We had a great tournament, I can't ask for more. The six years I've been coaching this team have been special, I've enjoyed every moment of it. They're still babies and I do believe they can go to the next level. We have seven starting players injured at the moment, we've got good depth. In the next couple of years Australia can get up there."

England's Simon Amor on finishing fourth in his first season as coach: "The guys wanted so desperately to connect with the crowd, sometimes we tried too hard. We're a fourth-place team at the moment, we've made a lot of changes but the group are growing and it sets up nicely for the Commonwealth Games."

Thirteen-try hero Seabelo Senatla on winning the Plate for South Africa: "It is not what we wanted but we have the Plate and we are pleased about that. We started off well, played a good five or six tournaments and then slacked off a bit. We are happy to finish second which is good, but we will be working hard to go one better next year. It is an awesome platform to build on and we finished on a high here."

USA's Zack Test on next year's challenge: "We're building our foundation. We've got lots of new boys for next season to help us qualify for the [2016] Olympics. Rugby is the fastest-growing sport in the States and to have the Olympics as an incentive will mean the sport will really take off."


Fixtures:

Cup:

Final: Australia 33-52 New Zealand

Third Place: England 26-19 Fiji

Semi-Finals: England 12-15 Australia, New Zealand v Fiji

Quarter-Finals: England 19-17 France, Australia 12-5 Kenya, South Africa 5-32 New Zealand, Samoa 10-26 Fiji


Plate:

Final: South Africa 38-7 Kenya

Semi-Finals: South Africa 24-17 Samoa, France 19-28 Kenya

Bowl

Final: Canada 24-14 Argentina

Semi-Finals: Argentina 21-14 Spain, Wales 14-17 Canada

Quarter-Finals: Argentina 31-0 Portugal, Spain 26-7 USA, Scotland 19-24 Wales, Canada 21-19 Japan

Shield

Final: USA 36-12 Japan

Semi-Finals: Portugal 7-45 USA, Scotland 19-26 Japan