All Blacks beat South Africa to clinch Wellington sevens title

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New Zealand completed a stunning comeback to beat South Africa and clinch the world series Sevens title in Wellington on Sunday.

The All Blacks rallied from deficits of 14-0 and 21-7 to clinch a 24-21 victory thanks to three tries in two minutes at the Westpac Stadium, which included Joe Webber's match-winning score.

The victory -- which gave Sir Gordon Tietjens' side their first title of the 2015/16 season -- moves New Zealand up to third in the HSBC World Series rankings, behind bronze final winners Fiji and South Africa, who move top despite defeat in Wellington.

"All week we talked about how we needed a lot of heart and a lot of ticker," New Zealand captain Tim Mikkelson said.

"Liam Messam came back from Japan and talked about putting the pride back in the jersey after the last couple of tournaments, and that's what we did.

"We talked about securing the kick-offs and we bumbled a few and put ourselves under pressure but we knew if we coud keep the ball in hand we could win."

Earlier in the day, New Zealand secured a 25-5 victory over England to reach the final, while South Africa raised eyebrows with a convincing 31-0 win over Fiji.

South Africa coach Neil Powell said: "To beat Fiji in that manner and to keep them scoreless is unbelievable. The boys deserves credit for that special performance."

"It was important for us to see how we would perform without regulars such as Frankie Horne, Kyle Brown, Cecil Afrika and Werner Kok. We also lost Ryno Benjamin on the eve of the tournament, so it was very pleasing to see the guys playing so well in Wellington."

However, Fiji recovered to beat England 24-12 in the bronze medal final.