Hosts beat SA to win Wellington Sevens

(IRB.COM) Saturday 8 February 2014
 
 Hosts beat SA to win Wellington Sevens
New Zealand celebrate winning the Wellington Sevens to put them back on top of the HSBC Sevens World Series

By Tom Chick in Wellington 

The All Blacks Sevens beat closest rivals South Africa 21-0 in the Cup final of their home Wellington Sevens to lift them back to the top of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Sherwin Stowers (2) and Tim Mikkelson scored the tries in the final as Gordon Tietjens' side conceded just 12 points en route to their victory. 

In the semi finals they beat defending Wellington Sevens champions England 31-0 at the Westpac Stadium to set up a third successive Cup final with South Africa.

Ben Lam, Scott Curry, Stowers, Bryce Heem and Akira Ioane all scored tries in an impressive display after Curry had earlier scored two tries in a 24-0 win in their quarter final match with with Canada.

Cecil Afrika scored his 100th career try in South Africa's semi final, with Sampie Mastriet also scoring in their 10-0 win against Ben Ryan's Fiji to reach their third successive Cup final.

The Blitzbokke also won 10-0 in their quarter final with Australia, Afrika scoring his 99th try and Werner Kok also powering over. 

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In the third place play-off Fiji collected 17 Series points by beating England 14-7 with Semi Kunitani scoring his fourth try of the tournament after the buzzer had sounded.

Jenkins fires Australia to Plate

Australia came from 10-0 behind to beat Canada 12-10 in the final of the Plate, with returning captain Ed Jenkins scoring the decisive try and Cameron Clark kicking the all-important conversion as they collected 13 Series points. 

In the semi finals Shannon Walker scored a first half hat-trick before captain Ed Jenkins scored twice in the second half to give Australia an impressive 34-0 win over Argentina to book their ticket to the final.

Canada beat Samoa for a second successive round with John Moonlight and Conor Trainor both scoring braces in a 27-0 win to set up the match with Australia in the final. 

Captain fantastic Injera lifts Bowl for Kenya

Collins Injera scored twice as Kenya beat Scotland 24-14 and recorded three wins on day two at the Wellington Sevens to lift the Bowl. 

Earlier they proved too strong for France in their semi final with Daniel Sikuta scoring two tries in their 24-7 win while Alex Glashan scored a hat-trick as Scotland booked their place in the Bowl final by beating Wales 28-0.

Earlier Mark Robertson also scored a hat-trick and Andrew Turnbull took his tournament to tally to seven as they beat Spain 38-12 in their quarter final to set up a match with Wales while Oscar Ouma and Collins Injera both scored twice in Kenya's 34-0 defeat of Portugal.

Isles on form as USA claim second successive Shield

Carlin Isles and co collected a second successive Shield as they won 28-12 against Spain in the final, with Isles scoring two in the victory. 

Earlier Isles scored two more tries in the USA's 31-10 defeat of Portugal in their semi final, while Spain booked their place in the Shield final by beating Tonga 17-12 thanks to a try from Pablo Fontes in sudden death extra time.

Day one highlights

Wellington, New Zealand

Round 5
7-8 February 2014

Venue: Westpac Stadium
City: Wellington
Capacity: 36,000 

 
Pools
Pool A
TeamPlayedPts
ENG39
RSA37
WAL35
POR33
Pool B
TeamPlayedPts
FIJ39
NZL37
FRA35
ESP33
Pool C
TeamPlayedPts
CAN39
ARG37
SCO34
USA34
Pool D
TeamPlayedPts
AUS39
SAM37
KEN35
TON33
more
Photos
  • South Africa's Philip Snyman is tackled by NZ
  • Sherwin Stowers
  • NZ Sevens - Gillies Kaka