New Zealand claim 12th world sevens crown

SCOTT PRESTON
Last updated 05:32 11/05/2014
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FIVE FOR FIVE: Ben Lam had five tries in New Zealand's first two pool matches as they moved into the quarterfinals at the London Sevens tournament.

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Ben Lam scored five tries as New Zealand secured the IRB World Sevens Series title despite a loss to England.

Lam scored three times in a 40-10 victory over Argentina, then had two more five-pointers in New Zealand's 49-0 shut-out of Wales to march into the last eight at Twickenham, before losing 15-12 to England.

Earlier England's 31-5 win over Argentina ensured the hosts and New Zealand would advance from Pool A, meaning Gordon Tietjens' side could not be overtaken by second-placed South Africa.

Finishing second in Pool A, New Zealand will face the Blitz Boks of South Africa in the quarterfinals at 10.12pm (NZ time)

The sevens series crown is New Zealand's 12th from 15 seasons since the series started in 1999.

Tied 12-12 against England deep into referees' time, New Zealand lost after Tom Mitchell kicked a penalty. Gillies Kaka scored his third try in as many matches in the first half as the Kiwis led 7-5 at halftime. Mitchell, who scored 10 of England's 15 points, gave England the lead soon after halftime while IRB world sevens player of the year finalists Tim Mikkelson was sin-binned. Bryce Heem tied the game with 3 1/2 minutes remaining, with Kaka missing the go-ahead conversion.

DJ Forbes, Akira Ioane and Kaka all scored, while Tomasi Cama kicked five conversions as New Zealand cruised against Argentina after leading 26-0 at halftime.

The win over Wales came with even more ease, leading at halftime 28-0, with Scott Curry, Forbes, Sherwin Stowers, Kaka and Adam Whitelock also scoring.

In other quarterfinals, England match-up with France, Australia face Kenya and Pacific rivals Samoa and Fiji battle.

NEW ZEALAND RESULTS

New Zealand 49 (Ben Lam 2, Scott Curry, DJ Forbes, Sherwin Stowers, Gillies Kaka, Adam Whitelock tries; Kaka 6 con, Tomasi Cama con) Wales 0. HT: 28-0

New Zealand 40 (Ben Lam 3, DJ Forbes, Akira Ioane, Gillies Kaka tries; Tomasi Cama 5 con) Argentina 10 (Franco Sabato 2 tries). HT: 26-0

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