New Zealand beats South Africa 19-14 to win Canada Sevens

March 13, 2016

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) New Zealand beat South Africa 19-14 in the final of the inaugural Canada Sevens rugby tournament Sunday, reducing Fiji's overall lead in the World Series to a single point after six of 10 rounds.

South Africa scored first through Rosko Speckman but New Zealand struck back with tries to Sam Dickson and Kurt Baker to lead 14-7 at halftime.

Lewis Ormond scored New Zealand's only try in the second half to extend the lead to 19-7 before Seabelo Senatla scored a late consolation try for South Africa.

Sunday's win gave New Zealand its third title of the season after victories in its home tournament at Wellington and also Sydney.