All Blacks Sevens improve to third in Cape Town

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    12 Dec 2016     Getty Images

England created an upset when beating South Africa 19-17 in the overall final. England's only loss of the tournament was to New Zealand on the first day.

South Africa still lead the series table on 41 points with England second on 39. Fiji are third on 32 while Scotland and New Zealand share 27 points.


The next tournament in the series is in Wellington on January 28-29 next year.

Scotland had been beaten 33-14 by England in their semi-final and were pitted against New Zealand in the play-off for third.

Scotland responded well to their disappointment by opening the scoring in the play-off but Dylan Collier levelled the score with a converted try and there was another interchange of tries with Tim Mikkelson scoring just on half-time. Rocky Khan's second conversion gave New Zealand a 14-12 lead.

Antonio Kiri Kiri scored in the third minute of the second half but Scotland responded almost immediately. The teams contested a competitive last period in the game but the win came when Jonathon Ruru scored in the corner to make it 24-19.

New Zealand's tournament came down to their semi-final against South Africa, and New Zealand rocked the home team when Sherwin Stowers made use of some good play by Dylan Collier who tied up three players before giving Stowers his chance to score.
South Africa responded quickly with Branco du Preez replying and the scores were tied at 7-7 until halftime. The introduction of Rosko Specman from the bench early in the second half proved vital as he scored what was the deciding try as South Africa finished the game on attack to claim the win 14-7.

In their quarter-final against Kenya, the All Blacks Sevens started strongly with Tim Mikkelson and Sherwin Stowers crossing for tries in the first four minutes. Kenya got one back but by half-time New Zealand lead 14-7.

They extended that immediately when captain Scott Curry crossed early in the second half, and then repeated that just before the end as New Zealand won 28-7.

England bounced back from their first day drubbing by New Zealand to beat Fiji 31-26 in extra time in their quarter-final.