Kiwis rule in Wellington
5 Feb 2011
New Zealand completed an undefeated run at the Wellington Sevens with a 29-14 win over England in the Cup final.
The Kiwis delivered an emphatic display on their home turf, beating everybody on their way to the main prize. After easing past Wales (26-5) and Australia (17-0) in the Cup quarter-final and semi-final respectively on day two, they scored five tries in their convincing victory over England.
England opened the scoring with a Isoa Damu try but New Zealand secured a 12-7 half-time lead thanks to Declan O’Donnell and Toby Arnold. O’Donnell completed his hat-trick in the second stanza while Tomasi Cama also touched down to wrap up proceedings. Simon Hunt grabbed a consolation try for England.
Meanwhile, the Springbok Sevens disappointed with a poor campaign in Wellington.
After scraping through to the Cup play-offs on day one, the Blitzboks continued their inconsistency on the final day. They struggled to score against Australia in the Cup quarter-final and were knocked out after a 14-7 defeat. They then produced their best performance of the tournament against Wales with 22-5 victory in the Plate semi-final – unfortunately when it didn’t really matter anymore.
Then Fiji made light work of South Africa in the Plate final. The Pacific Islanders ran in four tries to secure a 26-12 win.
The Blitzboks suffered an early setback as Renfred Dazel was sent to the sin bin withing two minutes of play. Fiji capitalised as Mitieli Nacagilevu opened the scoring. The Blitzboks levelled matters as debutant Paul Jordaan touched down but Fiji scored again Watisoni Votu for a 14-7 lead at the break.
Skipper Kyle Brown brought his team within two points with an early try in the second stanza but thereafter it was all Fiji as Ilai Tinai and Peni Gaunimeke dotted down to seal the win.
New Zealand’s triumph sees them tied in first place with England on the World Series log with 64 points a piece, followed by Samoa (52) and Fiji (44). South Africa are fifth with 32 log points.
Blitzboks results on day two:
Cup quarter-final – South Africa 7 Australia 14
Plate semi-final – South Africa 22 Wales 5
Plate final – South Africa 12 Fiji 24