Kiwis retain Sevens crown
NEW Zealand has retained its Sevens World Series title despite finishing third behind Fiji in the final tournament of the season in London.
The Kiwis sealed a 10th series title in 13 years with a ruthless 36-0 quarter final win against South Africa, but fell to a brilliant Fijian performance in the semi-final.
Fiji went on to win the tournament with a masterful 38-15 victory against Samoa in the final, while the New Zealanders took third place with a comprehensive 40-0 win against Argentina.
A record two-day sevens crowd of 103,027 attended Twickenham over the weekend.
The Kiwis finished the series just six points ahead of Fiji with England third and Samoa fourth.
New Zealand captain DJ Forbes said his side was thrilled to win the title in what has become an increasingly difficult competition.
"It's pretty special, we worked extremely hard to get this one," Forbes said.
"I think everyone knows how competitive the Sevens series is now."
Australia finished sixth overall - the same position as last season - after beating England 14-12 in the plate final.
After a promising start in the inaugural Gold Coast Sevens - where the Aussies finished fourth - injuries made life difficult during the middle stages of the series.
The highlight was undoubtedly victory in the Hong Kong Sevens, Australia's first since London in 2010.
The 2012-13 season will kick off in October on the Gold Coast.