England win thrilling NZ Sevens final
England's Sevens side rose to the challenge to beat off the superb challenge of Kenya to strike in sudden death extra time and win the Hertz Sevens, round four of the HSBC Sevens World Series in New Zealand's capital Wellington.
At the business end of a fascinating tournament, Kenya shocked hosts New Zealand to win through to only their second ever IRB Sevens Cup final and also led England 19-12 with seconds remaining, but captain Tom Powell's converted try drew England level and 20-year old Sam Edgerley pounced in sudden death extra time to seal victory.
In reaching the final, Kenya have risen to second in the HSBC Sevens World Series standings, 21 points behind leaders New Zealand. England's maximum haul from Wellington takes them up to eighth.
NZ SEVENS FIXTURES/RESULTS >>
NZ SEVENS STATISTICS >>
It was just the final dramatic act in an extraordinary day in Wellington when Kenya earlier beat New Zealand 19-14, also in extra time, to reach the 2013 Hertz Sevens final.
DAY TWO HIGHLIGHTS
Having trailed 14-0, Mike Friday's side scored two second-half tries to take the match into sudden death extra time before Oscar Ouma scored the all-important try, his second of the match. New Zealand still finished third overall, beating Samoa 17-7 in the third place play-off.
Ben Ryan's side booked their place in the final beating Samoa 21-19. Trailing 12-0, Christian Lewis-Pratt (twice) and Marcus Watson gave them a 21-12 lead which proved enough despite Lio Lolo's effort.
In the quarter finals, New Zealand beat Australia 24-5 thanks to two tries from Gillies Kaka, England defeated the Auld Enemy 31-7 with Dan Norton and Marcus Watson scoring two each, while Samoa proved too strong for Argentina.
In what was arguably the most entertaining quarter final, Kenya defeated African rivals South Africa 21-20. Having trailed 15-7 and 20-14, Willy Ambaka scorched away to score his second try of the match to snatch a 21-20 victory for Mike Friday's side with four missed conversions proving decisive for South Africa.
DAY ONE HIGHLIGHTS
Plate triumph for Australia
Michael O'Connor's Australia made it five wins from six by beating Scotland 22-7 to win the Plate. Their only defeat came at the hands of New Zealand, before two Shannon Walker tries and 13 points from Lewis Holland secured their place in the final and ended a disappointing weekend for Paul Treu's side who managed just one victory.
Scotland bounced back from the earlier defeat to England and continued their impressive form at the Hertz Sevens, beating Argentina 35-5 to book their place in the Plate final.
Paris double gives Canada Bowl
Canada beat Fiji 28-19 in the Bowl final, winning all three of their matches on day two thanks to two tries from Taylor Paris.
Fiji will be disappointed with their tournament having failed to reach the Cup quarter finals for the first time in the history of the World Series.
Sean Duke scored twice in Canada's 31-7 victory against Spain to reach the Bowl final, having earlier beaten Tonga 28-5 thanks to tries from Nathan Hirayama, Tyler Ardron, Duke and Conor Trainor, while Julien Candelon took his tournament try tally to nine for France on day two, but could not prevent Fiji booking their place in the final.
Competing in their first ever Bowl competition in the history of the World Series, five different players scored tries for Fiji in their 29-12 quarter final victory against the USA.
Spain defeated Portugal in the first match of day one in an all-Iberian encounter. Locked at 19-19 in an enthralling match, Pedro Martin chipped and re-gathered then raced the length of the pitch to score his second try of the match and give Spain a dramatic victory. France beat Wales 33-12 thanks to a hat-trick from Candelon.
Wales beat Tonga in Shield
The reigning RWC Sevens champions Wales ended a disappointing weekend, beating Tonga 26-21 to claim the Shield.
Paul John's side had trailed 21-0, but had enough left in the tank to beat the only non-core side competing in Wellington, as Lee Williams scored the all-important fourth try.
Tonga outplayed Portugal in the first Shield semi final 17-7 with tries to Tevita Halaifonua, Titali Mau, Saia Palei while in the other semi Wales held out a fast finishing USA 17-15 with Will Thomas, Luke Morgan and Rhys Shellard crossing for five-pointers.