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NZ wins Glasgow 7s, on verge of world series title
NZ on brink of 11th world series title after beating Canada in Glasgow 7s final
Associated Press
2014-05-05 03:42 AM

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- New Zealand heads to the sevens rugby world series finale at Twickenham next week with the title virtually assured after crushing Canada 54-7 in the Glasgow final on Sunday.

New Zealand need only reach the quarterfinals of the London Sevens to secure a 12th world series in 15 years.

The Kiwis gave a masterclass in sevens in the Glasgow showers as they beat Australia 19-7 in the quarterfinals, Fiji 19-14 in the semifinals, and first-time finalist Canada by the biggest margin in a final.

"The rain falls into our hands a little bit," New Zealand captain DJ Forbes said. "We still have a job to do in London but you'd think we can do it."

They scored four tries in each half. Ben Lam and Scott Curry bagged two each, and Bryce Heem, Gillies Kaka, Adam Whitelock and Akira Ioane also touched down. 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.

Scotland eliminated South Africa 12-7 in the quarterfinals, helping New Zealand extend its lead in the standings from seven points to 19 over the Africans.

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