Rugby - Double delight for New Zealand

New Zealand completed the double at the Rugby World Cup Sevens event in Moscow as England were comfortably beaten 35-0 in the men's final.

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Tim Mikkelson scored two tries as New Zealand beat England in the Rugby World Cup Sevens final

Tim Mikkelson scored two of the Kiwis' five tries as they followed up their women's team's 29-12 success against Canada at a rain-drenched Luzhniki Stadium.

Having disposed of reigning champions Wales in the quarter-finals and beaten Fiji 17-0 in the last four, the All Blacks would have been confident.

England, meanwhile, held off a second-half comeback to beat Australia 21-17 and then saw off Kenya 12-5.

Mikkelson put New Zealand ahead two minutes in, strolling in on the end of a three-on-one overlap, and scored again just before half-time and a minute after the second try from Tomasi Cama.

After a kick-dominated opening to the second half, Sherwin Stowers was brought down just yard from the line after a barnstorming run and Cama's pass skidded straight out of play to deny New Zealand a fourth try.

A Marcus Watson burst, England's most promising attack, ended when he slipped on the sodden surface and instead it was the Kiwis who scored again as Gillies Kaka jogged in down a deserted right flank and converted to make it 28-0.

And Waisake Naholo crossed after time expired to round off a one-sided win.

In the women's final, Portia Woodman starred with two tries, including a solo run from halfway to take her total for the tournament to 12.

She was also involved in Kayla McAlister's score straight afterwards as New Zealand took a decisive three-score lead late in the game and celebrated victory by dunking coach Sean Horan in the worst of the mud on the halfway line.

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