All Blacks secure 11th IRB sevens title despite loss to SA

THE New Zealand All Blacks sevens side has won the IRB sevens series title for the 11th time in 14 years despite losing 28-21 against South Africa in the final of the Glasgow Sevens yesterday.

The Kiwis conceded three late tries in the final as South Africa wrapped up its third tournament victory in the series.

Despite the loss to the second-placed South Africans, New Zealand clinched the title as they have an unassailable lead in the standings heading into the final event at Twickenham in London this weekend.

The New Zealanders have 151 points, 29 more than South Africa and there are only 22 points up for grabs for winning a tournament.

The Australian team failed to reach the Cup playoffs after winning just one of its three pool games, but Michael O'Connor's team did not come away empty-handed, beating Kenya 12-5 to win the Bowl final.

Australia led 7-0 at half-time before the Africans closed the gap to 7-5.

A late try to Pama Fou sealed the match.

The Aussies will face South Africa, the USA, and France in pool games in London.



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