Shujaa on free fall at Cape Town Sevens

Shujaa on free fall at Cape Town Sevens

New Zealand are back as World Sevens Series contenders after three seasons without the title after winning the Cape Town Sevens on Sunday.

Joe Ravouvou and Vimoni Koroi crossed early for the New Zealanders, who eventually ran in six tries to two.

New Zealand shocked world series champions and hosts South Africa 19-12 in the Cup semifinals after edging England 17-12 in the quarters.

New Zealand's win is a massive platform from which to build on for the Kiwis after struggling to regularly compete with South Africa and Fiji over the last few years.

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Reflecting on the team's performance, England Sevens head coach Amor praised his side's effort and attitude.

New Zealand needed to beat Australia in the final match of the section to avoid missing the knockout phase for the first time and survived a scare before emerging 35-12 victors.

Sunday was a hard day for the home team who faced Fiji in a tricky quarterfinal encounter‚ which they eventually won 31-26‚ despite trailing 21-5 moment before halftime.

Vilimoni Koroi's opening try was supplemented by a double from Dylan Collier for a 21-0 half-time lead, although Australia hit back early in the second spell through Simon Kennewell and Lewis Holland.

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The Blitzboks' record try-scorer was yellow carded in the first minute for a high tackle on his tryline and a penalty try followed for Fiji, which immediately put the home team on the back foot.

After a first-up 36-12 victory over Spain, the Aussies lost 31-14 to the USA and 35-12 to the Kiwis.

New Zealand also had the last word in the fight when Joe Webber ran in the last try of the match to take the score to 19-12. Conversions: Koroi, Andrew Knewstubb.

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