New Zealand Beats South Africa to Win Wellington Sevens

Published: 31st January 2016 02:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 31st January 2016 03:44 PM   |  A+A-


WELLINGTON: Joe Webber scored a try after the hooter to lift New Zealand over South Africa 24-21 in Sunday's final of the Wellington leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series, defending the title won on home soil last year.

It was a case of deja vu, as Webber also scored in extra time to give New Zealand a win over South Africa in pool play.

New Zealand beat Kenya 33-0 in Sunday's quarterfinals and England 22-5 in the semifinals while South Africa defeated Australia 26-14 and World Series leader Fiji 31-0.

South Africa seemed on course for victory when it led 21-7 just after halftime but Reiko Ioane scored twice in the second half and Webber crossed with the last play of the match.

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