NZ beats England in rugby sevens final

New Zealand's Tomasi Cama is chased by England's James Rodwell during their final match at the IRB Glasgow Sevens rugby tournament. [Reuters]
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New Zealand's Tomasi Cama is chased by England's James Rodwell during their final match at the IRB Glasgow Sevens rugby tournament. [Reuters]

Last Updated: Mon, 7 May 2012 09:34:00 +1000

New Zealand won the penultimate leg of the IRB's Sevens World Series on Sunday after beating England 29-14 in the final.

The victory increases the Kiwis' lead to 11 points over closest rivals Fiji, ahead of the last round at Twickenham on May 12-13.

Fiji finished strongly in Glasgow to beat Australia to third place, but New Zealand will go to London knowing that a place in the Plate final would suffice to retain their World Series crown.

New Zealand have 150 points, with Fiji on 139. England's run to the final has lifted them above South Africa into third on 123 with the Blitzbokke (115), Glasgow Plate winners Samoa (114) and Australia (99) completing the top six.

Tim Mikkelson and captain DJ Forbes scored either side of James Rodwell's try for England to give New Zealand a 12-7 lead at half-time in the final.

That lead grew when Ardie Savea touched down a minute into the second half and, although Dan Norton cut the deficit, there was to be no denying New Zealand with Lote Raikabula and Forbes -- in his 50th IRB Sevens tournament -- crossing the try-line.

Earlier in the day, New Zealand had beaten Argentina and Tokyo winners Australia to reach the final, while England had battled past South Africa and then needed an extra-time try by Mat Turner to beat Fiji.

The Fijians bounced back from that disappointment to beat Australia 31-17 and minimise the damage in the Series standings.

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