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All Blacks clinch Sevens victory

2010-12-11 20:23

George - New Zealand defeated England 22-19 with the last kick of the match to win the South African leg of the IRB Sevens World Series at Outeniqua Park on Saturday.

With the scores tied at 19-19 after the final hooter sounded and their team reduced to six men when Bryce Heem was yellow carded, New Zealand were awarded a penalty and Tomasi Cama calmly slotted the winning kick from close range.

It was New Zealand's second win of the tournament against England, who won the first leg of the series in Dubai last week. The All Blacks triumphed 20-7 in a pool match on Friday.

England took a 14-0 lead in the final with tries by veteran Ben Gollings and James Rodwell.

New Zealand hit back shortly before half-time with a solo try by Declan O'Donnell. They went ahead with tries by captain DJ Forbes and the tall Tim Mikkelson before pacy replacement Mat Turner brought England level with a long-range try to set up a tense finale.

New Zealand cruised to a 26-0 win in their quarter-final against Argentina, but had to come from behind to beat Fiji 26-19 in the semi-finals.

Fiji led 12-5 at half-time but New Zealand hit back to lead 19-12 before powerfully built Seremaia Burotu went over for his ninth try of the tournament to put Fiji level.

With the score tied at 19-19, Fiji had possession when the final hooter sounded but inexplicably kicked the ball downfield when an attack was blocked.

New Zealand, by contrast, held on to the ball and worked their way up the field before replacement Jackson Ormond crossed for the winning try.

Burotu finished as the leading try scorer in the western Cape town and was also named man of the tournament.

England beat hosts South Africa 19-10 in their quarter-final, scoring two tries in the last two minutes after trailing for most of the game.

In a repeat of last week's Dubai final, they defeated Samoa 22-12 in the semi-finals, dominating the second half after Samoa led 7-5 at half-time.

England stayed top of the overall standings on 44 points but New Zealand closed the gap to four points and the next leg of the series will be in Wellington on February 4 and 5.

For the second week in succession, South Africa won the Plate competition for teams beaten in the quarter-finals, defeating Argentina 10-5 in the final.

Scotland earned their first points of the campaign when they beat Russia 26-0 in the Bowl final while Zimbabwe edged Kenya 14-5 to lift the Shield. at Outeniqua Park Saturday.

With the scores tied at 19-19 after the final hooter sounded and their team reduced to six men when Bryce Heem was yellow carded, New Zealand were awarded a penalty and Tomasi Cama calmly slotted the winning kick from close range.

It was New Zealand's second win of the tournament against England, who won the first leg of the series in Dubai last week. The All Blacks triumphed 20-7 in a pool match Friday.

England took a 14-0 lead in the final with tries by veteran Ben Gollings and James Rodwell.

New Zealand hit back shortly before half-time with a solo try by Declan O'Donnell. They went ahead with tries by captain DJ Forbes and the tall Tim Mikkelson before pacy replacement Mat Turner brought England level with a long-range try to set up a tense finale.

New Zealand cruised to a 26-0 win in their quarter-final against Argentina, but had to come from behind to beat Fiji 26-19 in the semi-finals.

Fiji led 12-5 at half-time but New Zealand hit back to lead 19-12 before powerfully built Seremaia Burotu went over for his ninth try of the tournament to put Fiji level.

With the score tied at 19-19, Fiji had possession when the final hooter sounded but inexplicably kicked the ball downfield when an attack was blocked.

New Zealand, by contrast, held on to the ball and worked their way up the field before replacement Jackson Ormond crossed for the winning try.

Burotu finished as the leading try scorer in the western Cape town and was also named man of the tournament.

England beat hosts South Africa 19-10 in their quarter-final, scoring two tries in the last two minutes after trailing for most of the game.

In a repeat of last week's Dubai final, they defeated Samoa 22-12 in the semi-finals, dominating the second half after Samoa led 7-5 at half-time.

England stayed top of the overall standings on 44 points but New Zealand closed the gap to four points and the next leg of the series will be in Wellington on February 4 and 5.

For the second week in succession, South Africa won the Plate competition for teams beaten in the quarter-finals, defeating Argentina 10-5 in the final.

Scotland earned their first points of the campaign when they beat Russia 26-0 in the Bowl final while Zimbabwe edged Kenya 14-5 to lift the Shield.

AFP

Comments
  • Zion - 2010-12-12 07:27

    A ghostly silence is blanketting the land. Yea, I say, the underdogs are licking their wounds.

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