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New Zealand beats South Africa to win Wellington Sevens

New Zealand beats South Africa with late try to win Wellington Sevens

New Zealand beats South Africa to win Wellington Sevens

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- 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.


Updated : 2021-03-06 23:43 GMT+08:00