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NZ Sevens surge to South African title

Published: 7:29AM Monday December 10, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

The New Zealand Sevens team have increased their stranglehold of the World Series with a crushing 47-12 win over France in the final of the Port Elizabeth Sevens today.

The All Blacks knocked over South Africa 12-5 in the semi-finals before outclassing a French side left ragged by an epic 12-7 overtime semi-final win over Argentina which lasted 24 minutes.

The seven tries to one victory featured a hat-trick of tries to Super Rugby reject Kurt Baker and it was his second just before halftime which ended up being the killer blow.

With New Zealand leading by 14-7 just before halftime Tomasi Cama pulled off a try-saving tackle on opposite Terry Bouhraoua before Tim Mikkelson broke free and sent an audacious centring kick into the middle of the field for Baker to score.

That 14 point turnaround was too big for France to overcome. They simply had nothing left and New Zealand ran riot in the second half with Sam Dickson, Tim Mikkelson, Baker and Milford Keresoma all crossing the line.

In the first half, another Super Rugy reject, Ben Lam, set up Baker's first try before making a break which gave New Zealand their early 12-7 advantage.

Vincent Deniau and Jonathan Laugel, with a late consolation, scored France's only tries.

The World Series now moves on to Wellington in February with New Zealand already in the box seat to claim yet another title.

The All Blacks now have 60 points,14 points ahead of second placed France.