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South Africa win Las Vegas Sevens

26th January 2014 20:40

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Two in a row: South Africa

Defending champions South Africa retained their Las Vegas Sevens title by beating New Zealand 14-7 in the final.

In winning a second successive tournament title this season, South Africa assume a one-point lead over New Zealand in the IRB Sevens World Series standings. They also extend their winning streak against the Kiwis to five matches, stretching back to December 2012.

Scott Curry gave New Zealand the lead in a bruising final at the Sam Boyd Stadium, but tries by Branco du Preez and Werner Kok were enough to seal the South Africans' title defence as they conceded just 14 points en route to their victory.

Powell's side reached the Cup final in Las Vegas with a 14-0 win over the 2010 an 2012 USA Sevens champions Samoa.

A jubilant, if disbelieving South Africa coach, Neil Powell: "It was very intense and what a gutsy performance that was from the guys. They all played for each other. Just the way they showed the commitment was tremendous. There is still a long way to go to keep us at the top."

A try either side of half time from Chris Dry and Sampie Mastriet ensured the blitzbokke reached a third final in four years still having conceded just one try in their first five matches.

New Zealand set up a repeat last year's Cup final coming from 7-0 behind to beat Canada, appearing in only their second Cup semi final, 26-7 including two tries from Bryce Heem.

Canada went on to finish third, their highest-ever finish at a World Series event, coming from 12-0 behind to beat Samoa 22-19 and claim 17 Series points thanks to Phil Mack, named in the Las Vegas Dream Team, scoring a penalty drop goal with the last play of the match to take his tally to 11 in the match.


Results:

Cup final:
South Africa 14-7 New Zealand

Third place:
Samoa 19-22 Canada

Semi-finals:
South Africa 14-0 Samoa
Canada 7-26 New Zealand

Plate final
Australia 24-26 England

Plate semi-finals:
Argentina 19-24 Australia
France 12-21 England

England overcame Australia 26-24 thanks to 11 points from the Series leading points scorer Tom Mitchell and collected 13 Series points to take their tally to 53 for the season.

Peter Schuster sent Australia through to the Plate final with a try in sudden death extra time after Michael O'Connor's side had finished the normal 14 minutes locked at 19-19 with Argentina.

England booked their place in the final with a 21-12 win over France.

Bowl Final:
Fiji 35-0 Kenya

Five different try scorers crossed the line for Fiji as they beat Kenya 35-0 in the final of the Bowl.

Bowl semi-finals:
Kenya 21-7 Scotland
Wales 12-40 Fiji

Shield Final:

Spain 0 - 31 United States

Zack Test and the USA saved their best for the third and final day of their home tournament, beating Spain 31-0 in the final of the Shield with Test scoring two tries to the delight of the home crowd at the Sam Boyd Stadium.

Shield semi-finals:
Spain 19-12 Portugal
United States 28-14 Uruguay

With thanks to the IRB

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