New Zealand takes out both Men's and women's Sevens titles

NEW Zealand won the trans-Tasman bragging rights after claiming the men's and women's titles at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow yesterday.

The Kiwi men crushed England 33-0 in the final which was played in a mudbath after torrential rain broke a heatwave that had lasted several days.

Australia finished equal fifth, beaten 21-17 by England in the quarter-finals. After trailing 21-0 at half-time, former Gold Coast Titan Shannon Walker crossed twice in the second period, but two missed conversions proved the difference.

In the women's competition, New Zealand beat Canada 29-12 in the final, after Australia, the defending champion, crashed out of contention following a shock 14-10 loss to Spain in the quarter-finals.

The Australian women went on to win the plate final, downing Russia 22-0 in the semis before securing the crown with a 14-5 win against England.

New Zealand now holds both World Cup titles - in the 15-man game and the sevens. It also won the inaugural 2012-13 IRB Women's Sevens World Series after victories in three of the four rounds.


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