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Rugby Sevens: Starlet shines as All Blacks power home in Wellington

New Zealand retained their Wellington title for their first success on the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series. Photos: World Rugby / Martin Seras Lima.

New Zealand retained their Wellington title for their first success on the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series. Photos: World Rugby / Martin Seras Lima.

February 7, 2015: Coach Gordon Tietjens unearthed yet another starlet as 17-year-old debutant Rieko Ioane shone in New Zealand’s 27-21 victory over England to win Sevens Wellington, the fourth round of the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series.

 

Ioane scored twice in the Cup final as New Zealand retained the trophy to win their first title of the season. The reigning series champions moved up to second in the standings on 69 points behind South Africa (76) and ahead of Fiji (64), Australia (58) and England (56).

 

South Africa finished third in Wellington following a 40-7 win over Scotland, while Fiji beat Australia 24-0 to win the Plate, France beat Argentina 29-5 in the Bowl final and Canada lifted the Shield after a 26-10 win over Samoa.

 

The All Black Sevens had secured their Cup final berth with a hard-fought 17-7 win over South Africa, with Ioane and fellow series debutant Jack Goodhue securing the win with second-half tries.

 

Rieko Ioane scored twice in New Zealand’s 27-21 victory over England in the Cup final.

Rieko Ioane scored twice in New Zealand’s 27-21 victory over England in the Cup final.

Joe Webber gave New Zealand a 7-0 lead before Kwagga Smith levelled after some good build up play from Cecil Afrika and Werner Kok. Goodhue broke a second-half deadlock with a 50-metre dash to the line for a 12-7 lead before Ioane rounded off the scoring.

 

Previously, England had to come from 19-0 behind to snatch victory against Scotland, who were appearing in only their fourth ever Cup semi-final and first outside of the UK. Charlie Hayter scored the winning try in sudden death extra-time for the 2013 Wellington winners.

 

England also needed sudden death extra-time in their 26-21 win over Fiji in the quarter-finals, with Christian Lewis-Pratt breaking the deadlock, while Scotland came from 15-0 behind to snatch a late 19-15 win over the USA, James Fleming scoring twice.

 

South Africa bounced back from an early 5-0 deficit to defeat Kenya 19-5, scoring three tries through Afrika, Frankie Horne and Justin Geduld as they attempted to win their third consecutive title on the series.

 

New Zealand caught Australia napping early, racing away to a 19-0 lead through tries by Gillies Kaka, Sam Dickson and Webber. Cameron Clark responded just shy of half-time to reduce the margin to 12, but Kaka’s second put the match beyond reach for Geraint John’s men.

 

The core teams next head to Las Vegas, where 

New Zealand will head Pool A and face Fiji, Wales and Samoa, while England will meet Kenya, Argentina and Canada in Pool B.

 

South Africa, USA, Portugal and Japan compete in Pool C, while Scotland, Australia and France will be joined in Pool D by Brazil, who have a spot in next year’s Olympic Games as hosts.

 

Source: HSBC Sevens World Series (www.worldrugby.org/sevens-series); Editing by SportAsia

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