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PHOTOS & VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: USA SEVENS 2014, IT'S OVER IN LAS VEGAS — DAY 3

SA wins USA Sevens to lead World Series
Fomai Ah Ki scores a first half try in Manu Samoa's third place loss to Canada 19-22 on the third and final day of action Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 at the USA Sevens, Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada. [Photo: Barry Markowitz, courtesy STP/TriMarine]

South Africa defended their USA Sevens title in style in Las Vegas, winning a thrilling Cup final 14-7 against reigning Series champions, New Zealand.

In winning a second successive tournament title this season, South Africa assume a one-point lead over New Zealand in the HSBC Sevens World Series standings. They also extend their winning streak against the kiwis to five matches, stretching back to December 2012.

Scott Curry gave New Zealand the lead in a bruising final at the Sam Boyd Stadium, but tries by Branco du Preez and Werner Kok were enough to seal the South Africans' title defence as they conceded just 14 points en route to their victory.

Powell's side reached the Cup final in Las Vegas with a 14-0 win over the 2010 and 2012 USA Sevens champions Samoa.

A try either side of half time from Chris Dry and Sampie Mastriet ensured the blitzbokke reached a third final in four years still having conceded just one try in their first five matches.

New Zealand set up a repeat last year's Cup final coming from 7-0 behind to beat Canada, appearing in only their second Cup semi final, 26-7 including two tries from Bryce Heem.

Canada went on to finish third, their highest-ever finish at a World Series event, coming from 12-0 behind to beat Samoa 22-19 and claim 17 Series points thanks to Phil Mack, named in the Las Vegas Dream Team, scoring a penalty drop goal with the last play of the match to take his tally to 11 in the match.

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Scott Curry scored New Zealand’s only try in the first half of the Cup Final in the All Black 7's loss to South Africa 7-14 on the final day of action Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 at the USA Sevens, Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada. [Photo: Barry Markowitz, courtesy STP/TriMarine]
South African fans were joyous and crazy in celebrating their consecutive USA Sevens Cup victory on the third and final day of action Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 at the USA Sevens, Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada.   [Photo: Barry Markowitz, courtesy STP/TriMarine]
South Africa defeated New Zealand 14-7 in the USA Sevens Cup Final on the third and final day of action Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 at the USA Sevens, Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada. [Photo: Barry Markowitz, courtesy STP/TriMarine]
South Africa faces the hand of Manu Samoa but went on to defeat Samoa 14-0 on the third and final day of action Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 at the USA Sevens, Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada. [Photo: Barry Markowitz, courtesy STP/TriMarine]
Despite Samoa's losses to South Africa (0-14) and Canada (19-22), Manu Samoa was clearly a popular team with their loyal fans.  Lio Lolo, Tulolo Tulolo, and Oneone Faafou shared their appreciation for the fans during their farewell lap on third and final day of action where South Africa was crowned champions after besting New Zealand 14-7 at the USA Sevens, Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada. [Photo: Barry Markowitz, courtesy STP/TriMarine]
Alatasi Tupou climbs up to the fans, on Manu's farewell lap, for a photo on the third and final day of action at the USA Sevens, Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada. [Photo: Barry Markowitz, courtesy STP/TriMarine]


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