New Zealand defeat Australia to claim London Sevens title
May 11, 2014
The victorious New Zealanders perform a Haka in front of the two trophies © Getty Images
New Zealand defeated old foes Australia to claim their IRB World Series title with a stylish London Sevens win at Twickenham.
Australia, who had earlier dispatched England in the semi-finals, were fastest out of the blocks and went ahead 21-0 early in the first half. But the All Blacks came back to claim a 52-33 victory, meaning it was heartbreak for Australia head coach Mick O'Connor in his last game in charge of the side.
The win makes it a 12th Sevens World Series for New Zealand, a feat that All Blacks captain DJ Forbes said was built on hard work: "Close to a 100 points in a final, that was a spectacle and to come back down from 21-0 to win is pretty special. People see all the flash stuff on the pitch but there's a lot of hard work behind the scenes. It's good to finish off the series with a bang."
England went down at the semi-final stage in a narrow 15-12 defeat by Australia, who scored three tries to secure their place in the final. New Zealand had to overcome Fiji in their semi-final and managed to sneak through with a tight 12-10 win.
England went on to defeat Fiji in the third place play-off, running out 26-19 winners. Tries from James Rodwell, Howard Packman, Mat Turner and captain Tom Mitchell secured the win for the hosts, although two quick tries from Fiji late on made the final score closer than it could have been.
Earlier South Africa defeated Kenya to take the consolation plate final, comfortably dispatching their African rivals 38-7. Canada beat Argentina 24-14 to win the bowl final, while the USA overcame Japan 36-12 to take the shield.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
West Ham striker Carlton Cole has been charged by the FA in relation to a comment posted on social media
Centre Luther Burrell will miss the early part of England's wider build-up to their Six Nations clash with Scotland after picking up a calf strain
Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has hinted she is considering a return to professional tennis
Katarina Johnson-Thompson has laughed off suggestions that Olympic gold medalist Jessica Ennis-Hill might struggle after a 30-month absence
Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak has been banned for four games after elbowing West Ham's Diafra Sakho
The tone was set early on in Dublin as a more clinical Ireland made England pay. All is not lost, however, argues Phil Vickery
ESPN rounds up the pre-season of all the protagonists of the upcoming season and tries to make sense of the pecking order ahead of the Australian Grand Prix
A basketball match between Bilbao Basket and Laboral Kutxa Baskonia in the Spanish ACB League was marred by a brawl that erupted in the closing stages of the game
After enduring a tricky start to his Manchester United career, perhaps it is fair that Marcos Rojo celebrated so boisterously as he watched his first professional club Estudiantes beat fierce rivals Gimnasia
Where does Italy's win over Scotland rank among their successes in the Six Nations? Scrum Sevens investigates
Sunderland have suspended midfielder Adam Johnson pending the outcome of a police investigation, the club announced on Monday
Jose Mourinho says the Premier League title race is still wide open and insists even Manchester United are contenders
Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville claimed Manchester City should be "embarrassed" by how easy they made it for Liverpool on Sunday
Arsene Wenger's decision to drop Per Mertesacker could be a "defining moment" for Arsenal, according to the club's former defender Martin Keown
Rafael Benitez has raised concerns about the long-term fitness of Chelsea captain John Terry after revealing the defender is trapped in "a vicious circle" regarding his persistent knee injury
The idea of Chelsea squeezing in a quick 20-minute Wembley celebration before getting back to work is both admirable and typically soulless, writes Alan Tyers
Former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher marked his return to football punditry by coining a new name for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
John Terry was visibly emotional during the national anthem in Sunday's League Cup final, but don't get your hopes up - he's not coming back to the England team
Some of the best fighters to ever glove up have plied their trade in the Octagon - now ESPN list the 10 best who have fought under the UFC banner
When was the last time the F1 world champion driver's team didn't win the constructors' championship?