Session 1 Review of the Final Day at BT WWRC
The minor places were all confirmed after New Zealand and Great Britain won their matches to finish 7th and 5th respectively.
South Africa finished bottom of the eight-team tournament whilst France ended the week in sixth writes Nathaniel Holland.
New Zealand 76-29 South Africa
New Zealand rounded off their week in style, scoring the most points by any team in one game and claiming 7th position with a huge 76-29 victory over South Africa.
In a repeat of Tuesday’s pool stage game, world number 17 side, the Wheel Boks, struggled to take a hold of the game and finish their week without a win.
Inspired by star man Okker Anker, South Africa made a good account of themselves in the opening few minutes and were only behind by only three points before Cameron Leslie was introduced to the court.
The former Paralympic swimmer was a dominating force on the game and he scored eight quick tries to give New Zealand a commanding ten point lead after the first period at 19-9.
It was Dan Buckingham’s turn to add to his personal try tally in the second quarter when the number 13 rolled over the line seven times as the Kiwis extended their lead to 20 points at half time, 36-16.
South Africa had run out of steam in their final match of the week but they will learn a lot from competing against the best teams in the world as they look to improve.
New Zealand never slowed up and broke the 70 point mark and went on to better the week’s scoring record held by GB when they ended the match with a 76-29 score.
Great Britain 53-49 France
Great Britain ended their week on a high with a well fought out victory over France.
Having already beaten France on the opening night of action, it was routine as Ayaz Bhuta and Jim Roberts showcased their talent for the last time this week.
There was some good early link up play between vice captain Gavin Walker and Bhuta as they started to pile on the points.
Roberts was able to add seven tries in the first quarter as the hosts took a two point lead into the second period.
GB stretched the lead to three points before half time but France and Ryadh Sallem battled with seconds remaining to keep France in touching distance.
Roberts scored his 20th try after the half time break and GB held on and managed to snuff out any France threat to claim fifth place in the tournament as the minor places came to a close.