Blitzbokke lose to NZ in final
Cecil Afrika (Gallo Images)
Wellington - New Zealand outblitzed the Blitzbokke to regain the lead in the IRB
World Sevens series on Saturday, defeating the South Africans 21-0 in
the Wellington final.
After losing to South Africa in the last two
rounds in Las Vegas and Port Elizabeth, New Zealand were not to be
denied a third time as they racked up their second tournament win of the
On a wet and windy evening, all the points were scored in the first half as a rampant All Blacks ran in three tries.
being forced to defend for the first two minutes, New Zealand broke out
when Bryce Heem put Tim Mikkelson into a gap for a 70-metre try.
Sherwin Stowers added two more, all converted by Gillies Kaka as the South Africans' much vaunted defence deserted them.
Zealand controlled the turnovers to dominate possession and produced an
impregnable defence in the second half when South Africa did all the
After losing to Fiji 12-7 in their opening pool match,
New Zealand have progressed unbeaten through the rest of the tournament,
scoring 178 points without conceding any.
They beat Canada 24-0
in the quarter-finals and England 31-0 in the semis while South Africa
recorded narrow 10-0 wins over Australia and then Fiji.
Fiji downed England 14-7 in the play-off for third and Australia beat Canada 12-10 in the plate final.
The remaining rounds in the series start in Japan on March 22, Hong Kong on March 28, Scotland on May 3 and England on May 10.