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New Zealand complete Sevens World Cup double

By Online Editors

The All Blacks Sevens side has claimed a second consecutive Rugby World Cup Sevens title and ensured a New Zealand clean sweep after beating England 33-12 in the final at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

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In a repeat of the 2013 World Cup final, the All Blacks Sevens got off to a perfect start with Sione Molia scoring in the opening minute. Molia nabbed his double before half time, with the All Blacks Sevens leading 14-7 at the break.

The All Blacks sealed victory in the second half through Joe Ravouvou and Akuila Rokolisoa to take a 26-12 lead. Trael Joass scored the final try of the competition after the final siren.

Ravouvou was awarded the UL Mark of Excellence for his six-try effort over the weekend, while co-captain Scott Curry was named Player of the Final.

Michael John Ellery and Ruaridh McConnochie were the try scorers for England.

With the victory New Zealand become the first side to win three World Cup Sevens titles, having won the 2001 and 2013 iterations of the tournament.

New Zealand beat Fiji 22-17 in their semi-final to advance after toppling France and Russia in earlier rounds.

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England advanced to the final after seeing of the host nation United States 24-19 after extra time in their quarter-final and beating South Africa 29-7 in the semi-final.

The New Zealand men join the women’s side in winning the tournament back-to-back after the Black Ferns Sevens claimed their second successive title with a resounding 29-0 victory over France in their own final on Saturday.

The Black Ferns had captain Sarah Goss, Portia Woodman and Michaela Blyde all named in the tournament team.

New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew remarked on a incredible weekend in San Francisco.

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“On behalf of New Zealand Rugby, I congratulate the All Blacks Sevens on a fantastic tournament.

“Becoming the first men’s team to defend the World Cup crown is a brilliant result and special to do so just a day after our Black Ferns Sevens did the same thing.

“We have seen how much this team has grown since centralising in Mount Maunganui late last year; winning two pinnacle events in the space of four months is credit to the hard work everyone in this team is putting in,” said Tew.

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Mzilikazi 7 hours ago
Swashbuckling Hurricanes and Harlequins show scrum still matters

I always enjoy a good scrum based article. Thanks, Nick. The Hurricanes are looking more and more the team to beat down here in Australasia. They are a very well balanced team. And though there are far fewer scrums in the game these days, destructive power in that area is a serious weapon, especially an attacking scrum within in the red zone. Aumua looked very good as a young first year player, but then seemed to fade. He sure is back now right in the picture for the AB’s. And I would judge that Taukei’aho is in a bit of a slump currently. Watching him at Suncorp a few weeks ago, I thought he was not as dominant in the game as I would have expected. I am going to raise an issue in that scrum at around the 13 min mark. I see a high level of danger there for the TH lifted off the ground. He is trapped between the opposition LH and his own powerful SR. His neck is being put under potentially dangerous pressure. The LH has, in law , no right to use his superior scrummaging skill….getting his head right in on the breastbone of the TH…..to force him up and off the ground. Had the TH popped out of the scrum, head up and free, there is no danger, that is a clear penalty to the dominant scrum. The law is quite clear on this issue: Law 37 Dangerous play and restricted practices in a scrum. C:Intentionally lifting an opponent off their feet or forcing them upwards out of the scrum. Sanction: Penalty. Few ,if any, referees seem to be aware of this law, and/or the dangers of the situation. Matthew Carly, refereeing Clermont v Munster in 2021, penalised the Munster scrum, when LH Wycherly was lifted very high, and in my view very dangerously, by TH Slimani. Lifting was coached in the late ‘60’s/70’s. Both Lions props, Ray McLouglin, and “Mighty Mouse” McLauchlan, were expert and highly successful at this technique. I have seen a photo, which I can’t find online atm, of MM with a NZ TH(not an AB) on his head, MM standing upright as the scrum disintegrates.

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