New Zealand wins RWC Sevens titles in Moscow
New Zealand lifted the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 title in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, beating England 33-0 in the final.
From the moment Tim Mikkelson picked a good line and waltzed through the England defence to open the scoring, New Zealand were in control. Two more tries, from Tomasi Cama and Mikkelson again, gave New Zealand a 21-0 lead.
Any hopes of an England comeback were effectively extinguished with Waisake Naholo's try two minutes into the second half. England enjoyed their best period of pressure shortly afterwards, but were undone by a quick break from New Zealand, with Gillies Kaka touching down in the left corner before saluting the crowd to acclaim the victory.
In the third place play-off Fiji beat Kenya 29-5, while Canada won the Plate, losing just one match all weekend to New Zealand, and there was celebration for the hosts Russia who won the Bowl.
On the Womens side, New Zealand have been crowned Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 champions after a 29-12 win over Canada in a final played in wet conditions at the Lizhniki Stadium in Moscow.
The New Zealanders now hold both World Cup titles – in Fifteens and Sevens – and also won the inaugural IRB Women’s Sevens World Series after victories in three of the four rounds in 2012/13.
The World Series champions had been in imperious form again on day two, comfortably beating England 24-7 in the quarter-finals and then coming through strongly 19-10 against USA.
For complete coverage of the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens, please visit www.rwcsevens.com.
Article and photos courtesy of International Rugby Board
New Zealand men crowned RWC Sevens 2013 champions. Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima
New Zealand women crowned RWC Sevens 2013 champions. Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima