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"New Zealand look unstoppable from the outset"
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Monday, 29 January, 2001, 04:45 GMT
All Blacks in seventh heaven
Jonah Lomu
Jonah Lomu: Stunning hat-trick in the final
By BBC Sport's Ian Robertson in Argentina

New Zealand won the third World Cup Sevens in Mar del Plata in Argentina when they swept the opposition aside on the final day with a devastating blend of power and pace.

They looked unstoppable from the moment the tournament got underway on Friday and they overwhelmed Samoa, Argentina and Australia with their ruthless display of brilliant sevens rugby.

They rattled up 45 points against Samoa in the quarter-final, 31 points against Argentina in the semi-final and another 31 points against Australia in a stunning finale.

The star of the show was undoubtedly Jonah Lomu.

It was a disappointing day for the northern hemisphere teams
  Ian Robertson
The New Zealand giant, who missed the last tournament in Hong Kong in 1997 because of his career-threatening kidney disorder, turned the Melrose Cup final into a one-man show of his destructive power.

In the first half of the final, he spread-eagled the Aussie defence three times to run in a hat-trick of tries and end the final as a contest.

Amassio Valence and Malili Muliaina scored the other two All Blacks tries to put their fierce southern hemisphere rivals to the sword.

Australia reached the final with impressive wins over England and defending champions Fiji but then they were simply outgunned by New Zealand.

The Australian try scorers were Brendan Williams and Tim Donnelly.

In the Plate competition Russia beat Georgia by 24-12 and in the Bowl competition Chile won an exciting final against Portugal 21-19.

On a disappointing day for the northern hemisphere teams, France lost to Kenya in the quarter-final of the Bowl, Ireland lost to Portugal in the semi-finals whilst Wales lost in the semi-finals of the Plate to Georgia.

England crashed out in the quarter-final of the Melrose Cup to losing finalists Australia.

The 2001 World Sevens and with it the Melrose Cup went to New Zealand. It was the first global success they have won since they won the first World Cup in 1987.

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