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New Zealand enjoy World Cup Sevens clean sweep


New Zealand enjoy World Cup Sevens clean sweep


Rugby-mad New Zealanders enjoyed a double celebration on Sunday when both the men’s and women’s teams won the World Cup Seven’s titles in Moscow.

The women’s team set the tone earlier in the day when they beat Canada 29-12 to win their first world title in the abbreviated form of the sport.

Portia Woodman and Kelly Brazier helped the Blacks Ferns to a 17-5 lead at half-time.

Woodman and Kayla McAlister crossed over again in the second half to put the win beyond any doubt.

Woodman’s two tries in the final meant she finished the tournament top scorer with a record 12 tries beating the previous mark of nine.

The men’s team won their first sevens world title since 2001 and did so in style beating England 33-0, the largest winning margin ever seen in a World Cup final.

On Moscow’s saturated Luzhniki pitch – which was more like a mudbath – captain Tim Mikkelson opened the scoring for the dominant Kiwis.

Two more first half tries from Tomasi Cama and Mikkleson again gave the All Blacks a 21-0 lead at the break.

Any hopes of an England comback fizzled out two minutes into the second half when Waisake Naholo crossed over followed by a Gillies Kaka try late on to completed the rout.

New Zealand now hold the world titles in 15s and sevens format in both the men’s and women’s divisions.

The win now make New Zealand the early favourites for Olympic gold when sevens makes it’s debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

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