New Zealand retains Rugby World Cup Sevens crown

AT&T Park

AT&T Park

New Zealand became the first team in history to win back-to-back World Cup Sevens crowns here Sunday, completing a clean sweep of titles with a 33-12 defeat of England in the final at AT&T Park.

Molia scored two of his side's five tries in their 33-12 win over England - his only two tries of the tournament.

The New Zealand women's team defeated France 29-0, with Blyde scoring a hat-trick in yesterday's final.

"This marks the end of a very long year, but I am really pleased with the way that we've grown as a programme and how the players have grown as well", Amor said. "It shows the strength of character of the group, we were bitterly disappointed that we didn't put our best foot forward in the first game, but to come out and fight for each other, the other girls back home, our support staff".

But Ruaridh McConnochie then fended off Kurt Baker and steamed away, giving England hope, but the black pall rolled over the Bay as Akuila Rokolisoa hammered the final nail into the English coffin on the buzzer.

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The New Zealanders had earlier reached the final after a clinical 22-17 defeat of Olympic champions Fiji in the semi-finals.

Harry Glover, Mitchell, McConnochie, Ollie Lindsay-Hague and Dan Norton scored tries, with Mitchell adding two conversions.

Meanwhile, England shocked defending champions South Africa in a hammering 29-7 win.

The England head coach, Simon Amor, has delivered an upbeat verdict on his squad's sevens campaign that ended with defeat in the World Cup final. "They came through some really close games and played some outstanding rugby".

"It's massive", said co-captain Tim Mikkelson.

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"Right now I am pretty sore, and pretty gutted", he said. We were there in the final after a lot of ups and downs this season.

New Zealand's win brought the curtain down on a successful first ever Rugby World Cup event on U.S. soil, with more than 102,000 spectators attending the three days of the event. "We gave ourselves a little bit too much work to do".

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