New Zealand have beaten closest rivals Fiji 24-7 to win the 2012 Hertz Sevens, retain their Wellington title and take an outright lead in the HSBC Sevens World Series after four of nine rounds.
The kiwis produced an imperious first half display in front of a partisan home crowd, scoring four unanswered tries in the first 10 minutes through Frank Halai (2), Tomasi Cama and captain DJ Forbes, to lead 24-0.
New Zealand’s Frank Halai pushes off Dan Norton (Pic: Martin Seras Lima/IRB)
The Fijians scored the sole try of the second half but New Zealand’s defence otherwise held firm to secure a second win on home soil in as many years.
The New Zealanders now lead the overall Series with 73, ahead of Fiji on 70. England defeated Samoa 21-12 in the third place play-off to collect 17 Series points, which puts them on 64 overall, three ahead of South Africa in fourth.
Earlier, Frank Halai scored the decisive try in sudden-death extra-time as New Zealand booked their place in the Cup final, 17-12 winners against England.
Fiji proved too strong for their Pacific rivals Samoa, winning 28-5 in their semi-final thanks to two tries from Metuisela Talebula, adding to an earlier 21-5 victory against South Africa.
Afrika double gives SA the Plate
Two Cecil Afrika tries helped South Africa beat Tonga 24-0 in the Plate final to collect 13 Series points and move onto 61 overall.
They reached the final after a 21-19 victory against Canada in the semis whilst Tonga joined them by beating Dubai Sevens runners-up France in the first semi-final.
Brothers return to boost Kenya to Bowl
Kenya followed up their much-improved form on day one by winning the Bowl final with a fine 12-7 victory against Austrlalia, a rematch of their pool match on day one which the Kenyans also won.
Brothers Collins Injera and Humphrey Kayange both scored in the final, ensuring they maintained their 100% record on day two and collected eight Series points, their best performance this season.
Earlier they beat Wales 17-7 win with captain Sidney Ashioya among the scorers after he had inspired the side to victory in the quarter-final against Scotland.
Australia booked their place in the final with a 24-12 victory over Argentina.
The Series standing after the Hertz Sevens:
Scotland lift consolation Shield
Scotland collected the first silverware at the Hertz Sevens to collect three Series points, beating the Cook Islands 19-17 in the Shield final thanks to two tries from captain Colin Gregor and a last minute clincher from Michael Fedo.
Earlier they recorded a 14-12 victory against the USA in the semi-finals and the Cooks proved too strong for Japan, recording a 17-10 victory their semi-final.