New Zealand beat England in final

Ruben Hill
July 23, 2018

The All Blacks Sevens destroyed England 33-12 in a shock final match-up, with many expecting Fiji and South Africa to be fighting it out for glory.

New Zealand surged to victory at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco on Monday as fan favourites Fiji crashed out of contention with back-to-back losses.

The Black Ferns side clinched the women's title on Saturday (local time) with a 29-0 victory over France.

New Zealand's men and women's teams now hold world titles in both seven-a-side and 15-a-side versions of the game.

"It's massive, we knew coming into this it was going to be tough and we were tested".

New Zealand restored their two-score advantage as Joseva Ravouvou's neat footwork saw him cross down the left wing, as he became to joint top try scorer at the tournament.

"We were really proud of the girls".

And they blasted out of the blocks to go ahead inside the opening minute when Sione Molia showed his pace to outstrip England's defence and claim a try that Kurt Baker converted.

Molia then grabbed a second try moments later, burrowing over from close range to cap a dominant start. England closed the gap again with Ruaridh McConnochie palming off defenders to cross in the corner.

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

England coach Simon Amor admitted however his side had been unable to reproduce their best form in the final.

The All Blacks Sevens were quick to get on the board once play resumed, with Joe Ravouvou adding to his try-scoring tally for the weekend to climb to six tries across the tournament. I am delighted with the way that the guys performed right the way through the tournament.

"To come away as world champions is what we so desperately wanted which means it hurts now". We were there in the final after a lot of ups and downs this season.

"It's obviously disappointing to have missed out on that top spot, but we made a few too many errors and turned the ball over too many times against a very good New Zealand team".

"World Rugby can confirm that a Samoa player has been provisionally suspended from Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 following an initial investigation into an alleged incident in the tunnel area after a match between Samoa and Wales at AT&T Park on Saturday", the statement reads.

Wales player Tom Williams suffered a tournament-ending injury in the attack which Welsh players described as "unprovoked".

Despite the silverware, it was still ninth place out of 16 competing teams after they had been knocked out by Ireland in the first round of the World Cup proper.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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