New Zealand win Wellington Sevens title after 21-0 victory over South Africa in final
Last Updated: 08/02/14 1:29pm
New Zealand won the Wellington Sevens crown on home soil
New Zealand clinched the Wellington Sevens title after a comprehensive 21-0 victory over South Africa in Saturday's rain-swept final.
The win - which ensured they gained revenge for their defeat to the same opponents in the Las Vegas final last month - sees the All Blacks move back to the summit of the World Series standings.
Sherwin Stowers (two) and Tim Mikkelson touched down in what proved a one-sided final as Gordon Tietjens' side a dominant showing on home soil.
"What a better place to beat South Africa after five straight losses, we really wanted that," stated Kiwi captain, DJ Forbes, who revealed an All Black legend had given them a pre-match pep talk.
"For all the fans who turned out in this weather, we thank you. It was a real gutsy performance, we had a little chat from Jonah Lomu in the changing room and that really geed us up."
England lose in semis
New Zealand thrashed defending Wellington champions England 31-0 in the semi-finals to set up a third successive final showdown with South Africa.
Cecil Afrika had scored his 100th career try for the Blitzbokke in their last four clash, with Sampie Mastriet also scoring in a 10-0 win against Ben Ryan's Fiji.
Australia staged a fine fightback to snatch the Plate, coming from 10-0 down to edge Canada 12-10, while Collins Injera scored twice, including one in the dying moments, as Kenya beat Scotland 24-14 to lift the Bowl.
Carlin Isles inspired the USA to a second successive Shield triumph as they won 28-12 against Spain in the final, Isles scoring two tries.