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Wellington Sevens: NZ into final

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Update: 7:11PM NEW Zealand have made the final of the Wellington sevens as they bid to reclaim the capital crown they haven't won since 2012.

The home side waltzed past England 31-0 in their semifinal this evening as their robust defence continued to serve them well.

After dropping their first game in pool play 12-7 to Fiji yesterday, Sir Gordon Tietjens' side have looked a new outfit.

They produced commanding group stage wins over Spain and France on day one before easing past Canada 24-0 in their quarter-final this afternoon.

In their semifinal, New Zealand took the lead when England were down to only five men due to a couple of sin-binnings, as Sherwin Stowers scored.

England were eventually restored to their full quota of players but that didn't stop the Kiwis who scored again through Scott Curry and Ben Lam before halftime as the rain returned to Westpac Stadium.

With a 19-0 lead at the break, the result seemed a formality and when Bryce Heem ran on to a clever cross-kick mid-way through the second frame the scoreline inflated.Youngster Akira Ioane then gave the crowd more to cheer about when he burst through late to grab a try of his own in the final play.

Again, New Zealand were able to keep their slate clean and they haven't had their line breached in their past four games.

New Zealand will play South Africa in tonight's final at 8.30pm.

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