New Zealand win RWC Sevens title in Moscow

(IRB.COM) Sunday 30 June 2013  
 New Zealand win RWC Sevens title in Moscow
New Zealand beat England 33-0 in the Rugby World Cup Sevens

New Zealand lifted the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 title in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, beating England 33-0 in the final.

From the moment Tim Mikkelson picked a good line and waltzed through the England defence to open the scoring, New Zealand were in control. Two more tries, from Tomasi Cama and Mikkelson again, gave New Zealand a 21-0 lead.

Any hopes of an England comeback were effectively extinguished with Waisake Naholo's try two minutes into the second half. England enjoyed their best period of pressure shortly afterwards, but were undone by a quick break from New Zealand, with Gillies Kaka touching down in the left corner before saluting the crowd to acclaim the victory.

In the third place play-off Fiji beat Kenya 29-5, while Canada won the Plate, losing just one match all weekend to New Zealand, and there was celebration for the hosts Russia who won the Bowl.


In the first semi final New Zealand beat Fiji 17-0 after the match had been suspended due to bad weather when Sir Gordon Tietjens' side were leading 12-0. 

When play was resumed Bryce Heem extended the current HSBC Sevens World Series champions' lead, before a second half in testing conditions ended scoreless.

In the second semi final even the weather could not stop England's Dan Norton, with the World Series' top try scorer using his speed to cross twice in a 12-5 win against Kenya.

Earlier, defending champions Wales lost 26-10 New Zealand with Gillies Kaka scoring twice, as their title defence came to an end in the quarter finals. 

"Considering our team four years ago, our squad this time has much more experience, but then so are the other teams. But we felt if we played our best we could retain the title but it wasn't mean to be," said Lee Williams who won the title four years ago in Dubai.

In the other two quarter finals Kenya dramatically beat France in sudden death extra time in their quarter final with Willy Ambaka scoring the decisive try after the scores were locked at 19-19 while South Africa lost to Fiji 12-10.

Plate triumph for Canada

A hat-trick from Canada's captain Nathan Hirayama ensured the North Americans beat Samoa 19-5 to lift the Plate title in Moscow adding to earlier defeats of Tonga and Scotland.

The result meant Geraint John's side finished ninth in the tournament, having lost just once over the three days to finalists New Zealand, with Hirayama scoring all the points in the final for Caanda.

Hosts celebrate

Russia won the Bowl to the delight of the crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium by beating Japan 29-5 in the final, with Vasily Artemyev once again putting in a scintillating display. 

The result meant they won all three of their matches on the final day in Moscow, adding to their earlier defeats of Spain and Uruguay.

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