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Rugby Sevens: New Zealand win in Glasgow; Japan reach Shield final

New Zealand survived a tough semi-final against Fiji before crushing Canada 54-7 to win the Glasgow Sevens, the penultimate leg of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series. Photos: IRB / Martin Seras Lima.

New Zealand survived a tough semi-final against Fiji before crushing Canada 54-7 to win the Glasgow Sevens, the penultimate leg of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series. Photos: IRB / Martin Seras Lima.

May 5, 2014: New Zealand produced a ruthless performance to beat first-time Cup finalists Canada 54-7 and win the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens, one week ahead of the ninth and final round of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series in London.

 

In claiming a fourth title on the current series – and a 50th in 15 years – the All Blacks Sevens moved 19 points clear of second-placed South Africa to remain on course to win a 12th overall title.

 

New Zealand held on for a 19-14 win over Fiji in the semi-finals before demolishing Canada, who reached their first Cup final with a narrow 10-7 win against hosts Scotland. Fiji beat the hosts 17-10 in the third-place playoff.

 

Ben Lam and Scott Curry both scored two tries in the final, while Bryce Heem, Akira Ioane, Adam Whiteford and Gillies Kaka also touched down for Gordon Tietjens’ team.

 

Scott Curry, who scored two tries in the final, sprints clear in New Zealand’s 19-7 quarter-final win over Australia.

“We played really well in the conditions,” Tietjens said. “It’s unbelievable, really, to put 54 points on Canada, who played pretty well through this tournament and have beaten some good teams to get here. We’ve also done it tough this weekend, having played South Africa, Fiji and Australia, so we had some pretty tough ones.”

 

New Zealand captain DJ Forbes missed the Glasgow event last year when the All Blacks lost to South Africa in the final, so was delighted to lead his side to their fourth win in eight events on the current World Series.

 

“Glasgow has been pretty special for me. I played my 50th [Sevens World Series tournament] here two years ago and now I’ve got 65. It’s a great place to play rugby,” Forbes said. “We’re a bit bumped and bruised, as we had the hard side of the draw with South Africa in our pool, Fiji in the semis and Canada in the final, and all those teams love contact. We’ve still got a week to go, so hopefully I’ve got a bit more in me.”

 

England, who host the Marriott London Sevens at Twickenham from May 10-11, lost to Fiji in the Cup quarters, but finished strongly to beat Kenya 26-5 in the Plate final.

 

Lote Tuqiri on the run for Japan, who earned a place in the Glasgow and London Sevens after winning promotion to the 2014/15 Sevens World Series.

Lote Tuqiri on the run for Japan, who earned a place in the Glasgow and London Sevens after winning promotion to the 2014/15 Sevens World Series through the 12-team qualifier in Hong Kong in late March.

France beat Argentina 20-14 to win the Bowl, while Wales beat Japan 29-12 to win the Shield. Japan beat the USA 19-14 in extra-time to reach the Shield final, with Dai Ozawa scoring the decisive try after almost five minutes of sudden-death action.

 

Japan earned promotion to the 2014/15 Sevens World Series following victory in the 12-team qualifying tournament played as part of the Hong Kong Sevens in March, and have been rewarded with places in Glasgow and London.

 

In winning Glasgow, New Zealand were drawn to head Pool A at the London Sevens and will face England in a mouth-watering final tie on Saturday at Twickenham, where all 75,000 tickets have sold out for the first day. Argentina and Wales were also drawn in the group.

 

Pool B features Canada, Kenya, Samoa and USA, while Japan will face Fiji, Australia and Spain in Pool C. Scotland will face South Africa, France and Portugal in Pool D.

 

Source: IRB

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