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New Zealand Sevens steamroll to Glasgow title

Published: 7:00AM Monday May 05, 2014 Source: ONE News

The New Zealand Sevens team have thrashed Canada 54-7 to claim the Glasgow title in Scotland this morning.

New Zealand scored eight tries to one in the crushing win to all but secure their 12th World Series title on what was a typically wet Scottish day.

"It was pretty special and the team has a lot of character. The rain falls into our hands a little bit. We still have a job to do in London but you'd think we can do it," captain DJ Forbes said.

The All Blacks Sevens head to the final tournament in London 19 points ahead of second-placed South Africa and only need to make the Cup quarter-final to continue their dominance of the sport.

Scott Curry and Ben Lam both scored two tries apiece in the final but it was New Zealand's superior work at the breakdown that knocked Canada's spirit.

The All Blacks Sevens constantly blew the surprise finalist off the ball and then ran riot as they powered to a 28-7 halftime lead. Kaka added six conversions to help post a 50th tournament victory in 79 finals.

Canada's Harry Jones scored a converted try to level at 7-7, but the Canadians were overwhelmed by New Zealand's aggression in the rucks, superb lines, and relentless support.

It was still a milestone event for Canada, which beat host Scotland 10-7 in the semifinals and rose to a best sixth in the standings.

Earlier, New Zealand edged Fiji in the semi-finals with Kaka, Forbes and Bryce Heem all scoring tries in the tight 19-14 win.