New Zealand take London 7s title
May 25, 2002

New Zealand secured the IRB World Series Sevens London tournament for the second year running with an emphatic 54-14 win over South Africa in the final.

The pulsating final, played in front of an appreciative Twickenham crowd, saw New Zealand play superb sevens rugby to run in eight tries, including one from the 37 year old veteran captain, Eric Rush. New Zealand opened the scoring and led 28-7 at half time.

New Zealand's no 10, Joe Rokocoko, the youngest member of the team, became the leading try scorer in the IRB World Series as he crossed over the line twice in the second half.

After ten rounds, New Zealand now lead the IRB World Seven's Series by Fifteen points from South Africa. England have moved into third place after reaching the semi final, leap frogging Fiji who had a disappointing tournament loosing to South Africa at the quarter finals stage.

The top four teams are seeded for the Commonwealth Games in July. The last event of the IRB World Seven's Series is in Cardiff on May 31st.

Australia and Samoa, two of the losing quarter finalists defeated Argentina and Fiji to book their places in the Plate final. Australia romped away to win 45-14.

Georgia triumphed over a tired Scotland team 20 -14 to take the Shield and France beat Canada to win the Bowl.

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