New Zealand clinch world sevens crown

New Zealand retained their Sevens World Series title, ending the season with a third-place spot at the London Sevens to finish on 167 Series points, six ahead of closest rivals Fiji.

A record two-day Sevens crowd of 103,027 attended Twickenham over the weekend, a fitting climax to another thrilling season.

The Fijians stormed to the London title to cap a season of achievement for them, matching New Zealand's three Cup titles and underlining just how tight things are at the top of the Sevens game.

Fiji beat New Zealand 31-7 in the semi-finals before seeing off Samoa 38-15 in the final.

The New Zealanders had sealed a 10th Series title in 13 years with a ruthless 36-0 quarter final win against South Africa.

Despite losing to Fiji in the semi-final, the Kiwis then claimed third-place with a 40-0 triumph over Argentina.

"It's an awesome feeling," New Zealand's long-serving coach Gordon Tietjens said.

"I was worried last night because we played very sketchily against Argentina. I woke up at four o'clock this morning and didn't get back to sleep but we played very well today. We're very happy."


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