Rugby sevens: NZ win plate final

By Campbell Burnes

Sam Dickson of New Zealand grabs the ball. Photo / Getty
Sam Dickson of New Zealand grabs the ball. Photo / Getty

Playing with far more freedom and accuracy, the All Blacks Sevens have won the Plate final in Las Vegas with a 27-7 victory over Japan.

The New Zealanders, not much more than two hours after an extra time win over Argentina in the Plate semifinal, played soundly, easing to a 15-0 halftime lead and finishing with five tries to one.

Former skipper DJ Forbes led the way with a double, but again it was Sam Dickson and current captain Tim Mikkelson who shouldered much of the workload.

Forbes now has 136 tries in the World Series over his decade-long career, but he had Mikkelson to thank for his first score, and then he spun out of a tackle for his second.

New Zealand went the direct route most of the time, and that freed up space. Lewis Ormond's try was a prime example of this strategy. Beaudein Waaka iced the victory with a 70m solo try in which he exhibited a sweet in and away move.

New Zealand missed just two tackles in the match, compared to Japan's 14, and picked up 13 priceless World Series competition points, but will lose ground to South Africa and Fiji, ahead of this weekend's event in Vancouver, to be held indoors.

Samoa, who had faded after shocking Fiji on day one, had the consolation of winning the Bowl, 24-12 over Canada, while Wales beat France 28-14 for the Bowl.

To come is the Fiji v Australia Cup final.

New Zealand 27 (DJ Forbes 2, Beaudein Waaka, Kurt Baker, Lewis Ormond tries; Gillies Kaka con) Japan 7 (Kameli Soejima try; Yoshikazu Fujita con) Halftime: 15-0

- NZ Herald

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