Kiwis claim another 7s title
April 28, 2002

New Zealand has beaten South Africa 29-5 in the Malaysian Sevens final at the Petaling Jaya Stadium to claim its fifth title of 2002.

Overall Sevens winners in the last two years, the Kiwis are now certain to take out the title for the third year in a row, having made sure of the Malaysian win when they led 19-0 at half-time.

With two legs of this year's competition to come New Zealand has a 46-point lead, sitting on top with 158 points to South Africa's 112, with Fiji (106), England (98), Australia (82) and Samoa and Argentina (both 80) making up the top six.

"We feel great. I didn't expect it with such a new and young team," New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens said. "We're simply overjoyed. But we are still going to press for the two other tournaments."

"They players worked very hard, but it's great to be in the finals," South African coach Chester Williams said. "Our next aim is getting second place, we still lead by six points."

Hong King champions England won the Plate with a 43-7 victory over Argentina, while Scotland claimed the Bowl with a 41-12 defeat of Korea.

The teams will move to London for the 10th leg of the world sevens series before the final tournament in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in late May.

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