New Zealand claim 11th Hong Kong Sevens title

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Last updated 16:57 31/03/2014
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ONE TO REMEMBER: Stadium in Hong Kong lights up for NZ Sevens team as they perform a haka after winning the title.

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New Zealand has won the Hong Kong Sevens title after outclassing England 26-7 in an action-packed final. 

The Kiwis had earlier seen off Wales and Australia in the knock out phases to advance to the final game of the tournament. 

New Zealand's passes stuck throughout the game with their enterprising attacking play and stifling defence key to a victory which sees them re-gain the lead atop the Sevens World Series standings.

New Zealand took the early lead through an impressive effort from Ben Lam, who managed to beat three England defenders in getting to the line.

England struggled to get into the game due to several costly errors and they were soon 12 behind after Tim Mikkelson stepped inside Tom Mitchell to score New Zealand's second.

England managed to gain a reprive going into halftime however, as a moment of individual brilliance from Tom Powell sent the sides to the sheds with the score at 12-7. 

New Zealand regained their control at the start of the second half, with good interplay leading to a wide pass to captain DJ Forbes, who would not be prevented from scoring his 119th IRB World Series try.

Soon after Ben Lam had been denied a second try by the officials, the Auckland wing was handed a yellow card for throwing the ball away.

However, this was a mere blip along the way for New Zealand as Sterwin Stowers set up Sam Dickson to score a try which underlined New Zealand's dominance and all but ended England's chance of victory.

An animated Sir Gordon Tietejens watched his side play out the remainder of the second half on their way to another title in front of an exuberant crowd in Hong Kong.  

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