New Zealand pip hosts to win SA Sevens Underline 11 December, 2011
New Zealand celebrate winning the Cup title at the Nelson Mandela Bay South Africa Sevens - Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima.
New Zealand have beaten hosts South Africa in dramatic fashion with the final play of the match to win the Nelson Mandela Bay South Africa Sevens, round three of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

The reigning Series champions won a thrilling final 31-26 in front of 30,000 fans to claim the first South Africa Sevens title to be played at a new home in Port Elizabeth.

In doing so, they draw level with Fiji on 51 points at the top of the World Series with South Africa in third on 48 and England just one more point adrift in fourth.

Twice New Zealand led in the first half through captain DJ Forbes and half back Tomasi Cama, and twice the Boks hit back through Bernardo Botha, but Frank Halai's long-range run-in nudged the reigning Series champions into a 17-14 half time lead.

After the break the hosts built a lead with tries from Steven Hunt and Cecil Afrika, but Halai again answered for the kiwis to cut the deficit to two points and with the final play of the match New Zealand kicked a loose ball upfield to create a match-winning score for Tomasi Cama.

Samoa finished third in the tournament after beating England 17-14 in the bronze final. Wales won the Plate with a comprehensive 48-0 defeat of Fiji, Scotland lifted the Bowl and Zimbabwe beat Kenya to the Shield.

Wales trounce Fiji to win Plate

Reigning RWC Sevens champions Wales proved too strong for Fiji in the Plate final, ending the tournament with an impressive 48-0 win against the Gold Coast Sevens Cup winners.

Owen B Williams scored two of their eight tries in the final, as Paul John's side claimed 13 Series points in what was Fiji's second biggest loss in the history of the World Series.

Wales entered the Plate final after an enthralling semi-final against France. Having trailed 12-0 Williams, Tom Habberfield and Richard Smith gave Wales a 19-17 lead before a Terry Bouhraoua penalty looked to have sealed a 20-19 win for France. But Habberfield scored with the last play of the match to clinch a 24-19 win.

Fiji reached the final after two Nikola Matawalu tries helped the Gold Coast Sevens winners to a 26-7 victory against Australia

Scotland win another Bowl

Scotland won their second successive Bowl final, beating Pan American Games champions Canada 22-19 thanks to two tries from Peter Horne. It was in fact there fifth successive Bowl final, and they collect eight points for the Series.

Graham Shiel's side reached their fifth successive Bowl final after beating Argentina 21-14 thanks to a try Kerr Gossman after the buzzer had sounded.

Canada reached the final having beaten rivals USA 22-12 thanks to two tries from Sean Duke. Earlier Duke had also scored in their quarter-final 21-0 victory against Morocco whilst a James Fleming hat-trick helped Scotland to a 26-7 win over Kenya.

Argentina booked their place in the semi-finals after a 28-12 victory against Portugal, ensuring Los Pumas are still yet to taste defeat to the European side in 17 matches.

USA progressed to the Bowl semi-finals after beating Zimbabwe for the second week running in the Bowl quarter-finals. Peter Tiberio scored the first try of the day before Mark Bokhoven and Tiberio and Zach Test sealed a 26-0 win for Al Caravelli's side.

Mbanje double secures Shield for Zim

Two tries from Wensley Mbanje helped Zimbabwe beat African neighbours Kenya 19-12 to lift the Shield and claim three Series points in the process.

Tangai Nemadire, Manasah Sita and Mbanje all crossed for Zimbabwe as they beat Morocco 21-14 in the first Shield semi-final whilst Patrice Agunda snatched a 17-12 victory for Kenya against Portugal in sudden death extra time. 



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