Kiwis claim Sevens crown

New Zealnd claimed the Sevens title in dramatic fashion in Edinburgh.

The clever money was on Fiji, who simply had to finish as semi-finalists in the Cup section, and hope that New Zealand didn’t win the tournament, to retain their crown.

But Wales done New Zealand a huge favour by beating Fiji 21-14 in their quarter-final. The Fijians could therefore achieve a maximum of eight points – which they did by winning the Plate trophy. But New Zealand recorded an emphatic 34-5 victory over Samoa in the final to overhaul the islanders at the top of the series standings.

The Springbok Sevens crashed out of the Cup quarter-final, losing 19-12 to New Zealand, then went down 19-14 to Waisale Serevi’s men in the Plate semi-final.

The other Cup semi-final saw Samoa beat Argentina before being humbled by the Kiwis in the final.

Results

CUP

Quarter-final Cup:

Fiji 14-21 Wales
New Zealand 19-12 South Africa
Scotland 10-22 Argentina
Samoa 14-12 Kenya

Semi-final Cup:

Wales 0-28 New Zealand
Argentina 14-24 Samoa

Final Cup

New Zealand 34-5 Samoa

PLATE

Plate semi-final:

Fiji 19-14 South Africa
Scotland 17-19 Kenya

Final Plate

Fiji 31-7 Kenya

BOWL

Quarter-final Bowl:

Australia 19-7 France
England 29-7 Canada
Russia 7-19 Georgia
Italy 12-19 Portugal

Semi-final Bowl:

Australia 19 -24 England
Georgia 12-19 Portugal

Final Bowl

England 31-7 Portugal

SHIELD

Semi-final Shield:

France 34-17 Canada
Russia 19-17 Italy

Final Shield:

France 21-12 Russia