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Two from two for Sevens team

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Sportal.co.nz     13 Dec 2009     Getty Images

Captain DJ Forbes, Ben Souness and Save Tokula all scored tries in a strong effort at the breakdown and in the physical contests.

The win gives New Zealand maximum points in the IRB World Series.

Coach Gordon Tietjens praised his senior players, Forbes, Tomasi Cama, Zar Lawrence and Lote Raikabula.

"It is certainly a big change from last year, not winning a single tournament. I was wondering when it was going to be, but to turn around and win Dubai and then South Africa here was way above my expectations.

"I'm really thrilled. We didn't play particularly well but we kept winning the games. Losing to Samoa in the first game of the tournament made us pick up and go on from there.

"We managed to get out of join when coming back playing against England and also had another toughie against Kenya. The boys played really well," he said.

New Zealand beat England 22-19 in their quarter-final clash and then beat Kenya 17-14 in the semi-final.

England led 19-5 at halftime but in the second half, Forbes, Save Tokula and Zar Lawrence, who scored twice in the game, touched down and England was held scoreless during the half.

Kenya also led at half-time, 14-12 but were again held scoreless as Lawrence score the only try of the second half.

In the first Raikabula and Kurt Baker scored for New Zealand.

The next tournament in the series is in Wellington, followed by the Las Vegas event.