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Kiwis end Blitzbokke's run

Sat, 08 Feb 2014 09:34
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New Zealand beat South Africa 21-0 in the final of the Wellington round of the IRB Sevens World Series on Saturday.

The win in the fifth tournament of the series put New Zealand back on top of the standings ahead of South Africa who had won the last two rounds.

Sherwin Stowers and Tim Mikkelson scored the tries in the final as Gordon Tietjens' side conceded just 12 points en route to their victory.

In the semifinals they beat defending Wellington Sevens champions England 31-0 at the Westpac Stadium to set up a third successive Cup final with South Africa.

Ben Lam, Scott Curry, Stowers, Bryce Heem and Akira Ioane all scored tries in an impressive display after Curry had earlier scored two tries in a 24-0 win in their quarterfinal match with with Canada.

Cecil Afrika scored his 100th career try in South Africa's semifinal, with Sampie Mastriet also scoring in their 10-0 win against Ben Ryan's Fiji to reach their third successive Cup final.

The Blitzbokke also won 10-0 in their quarterfinal with Australia, Afrika scoring his 99th try and Werner Kok also powering over.

In the third place play-off Fiji collected 17 Series points by beating England 14-7 with Semi Kunitani scoring his fourth try of the tournament after the buzzer had sounded.

Australia came from 10-0 behind to beat Canada 12-10 in the final of the Plate, with returning captain Ed Jenkins scoring the decisive try and Cameron Clark kicking the all-important conversion as they collected 13 Series points.

In the semifinals Shannon Walker scored a first half hat-trick before captain Ed Jenkins scored twice in the second half to give Australia an impressive 34-0 win over Argentina to book their ticket to the final.

Canada beat Samoa for a second successive round with John Moonlight and Conor Trainor both scoring braces in a 27-0 win to set up the match with Australia in the final.

Collins Injera scored twice as Kenya beat Scotland 24-14 and recorded three wins on day two at the Wellington Sevens to lift the Bowl.

Earlier they proved too strong for France in their semi final with Daniel Sikuta scoring two tries in their 24-7 win while Alex Glashan scored a hat-trick as Scotland booked their place in the Bowl final by beating Wales 28-0.

Earlier Mark Robertson also scored a hat-trick and Andrew Turnbull took his tournament to tally to seven as they beat Spain 38-12 in their quarterfinal to set up a match with Wales while Oscar Ouma and Collins Injera both scored twice in Kenya's 34-0 defeat of Portugal.

Carlin Isles and co collected a second successive Shield as they won 28-12 against Spain in the final, with Isles scoring two in the victory.

Earlier Isles scored two more tries in the USA's 31-10 defeat of Portugal in their semi final, while Spain booked their place in the Shield final by beating Tonga 17-12 thanks to a try from Pablo Fontes in sudden death extra time.

Day Two results:

Cup Final

New Zealand 21-0 South Africa

Third place play-off
Fiji 14-7 England

Plate Final
Australia 12-10 Canada

Bowl Final
Kenya 24-14 Scotland

Shield Final
USA 28-12 Spain

Cup semifinals
South Africa 10-0 Fiji
New Zealand 31-0 England

Plate semifinals
Australia 34-0 Argentina
Canada 27-0 Samoa

Bowl semifinals
Kenya 24-7 France
Scotland 28-0 Wales

Shield semifinals
USA 31-10 Portugal
Spain 17-12 Tonga

Cup quarterfinals
Fiji 29-7 Argentina
South Africa 10-0 Australia
New Zealand 24-0 Canada
England 21-5 Samoa

Bowl quarterfinals
France 14-12 USA
Kenya 34-0 Portugal
Scotland 38-12 Spain
Wales 19-12 Tonga

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