All Blacks Sevens third in World Series

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Fiji's win gave them 186 points in the series while the United States, who led for much of the season, finished second with 177 points and New Zealand were on 162 points, 14 ahead of fourth-placed South Africa.

It was the first time the New Zealand and Fiji had met in a final in Paris, and their 27th final in Sevens Series history. They are the two most successful sides in the event each having won four Sevens series titles.

With temperatures during the day touching 30 degrees Fiji opened the scoring in the final after 30 seconds when Napolioni Bolaca was on hand to take a pass from Sevuloni Mocenacagi after his darting run to score. That was followed soon after by another try, to Meli Derenalagi. Then, in the fourth minute Aminiasi Tuimaba scored.

Jona Nareki got one back for New Zealand but it was a high mountain to climb when going to halftime 7-28 down.

Jerry Tuwai opened the second half scoring before Bolaca crossed again. Fiji lost Derenalagi to the sin-bin for a deliberate knockdown which allowed New Zealand to start to claw back some of the margin. Regan Ware and Dylan Collier scored within a minute of each other to be followed by another to Ware before the game ended.

New Zealand went into the second day without Vilimoni Koroi and Joe Ravouvou due to injuries. They beat Argentina 21-12 in their quarterfinal.

Argentina scored first through Lautaro Bazan Velez but Sione Molia and Andrew Knewstubb gave New Zealand a 14-5 lead at halftime. Molia scored again early in the second half before Franco Sabato completed the scoring.

Captain Scott Curry said being down on players they needed to be more tactical in their play and it had been a good effort

That left New Zealand facing South Africa in their semifinal. The All Blacks Sevens were too strong in claiming a 33-7 win. Ware scored the side's first two tries in the second and sixth minutes with Nareki scoring before the break as New Zealand took a 21-0 lead to the turn.

Cecil Africa got one back for South Africa but New Zealand finished strong with Andrew Knewstubb and Amanaki Nicole scoring.

Fiji secured their place in the final by beating the United States 33-14.

Knewstubb finished the season as the series' highest points scorer with 307 points.

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