SA hit New Zealand to defend Sevens title

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SEABELO-SENATIAPORT ELIZABETH, December 14- South Africa defended their title on home soil by beating current Series holders New Zealand 26-17 in an enthralling final of the third round of the world sevens circuit on Sunday.

Australia saw off Argentina 34-19 for third place while the United States, coached by former England and Kenya tactician Mike Friday, stunned perennial stars Fiji 21-14 to win the Plate, or fifth place.

Canada were victorious in the Bowl final, beating Kenya 24-5, and Portugal took home the Shield after a shock 19-14 win over Samoa.

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