May 10, 2014 (ISN) – Hosts England sent a record Sevens crowd of 74,969 home happy after beating New Zealand 15-12 in the final match of day one at the Marriott London Sevens at Twickenham.

England’s captain Tom Mitchell kicked a late penalty drop goal to seal England’s win, but the New Zealanders still capped a remarkable season of consistency by clinching the HSBC Sevens World Series with a day to spare, a 12th Series in 15 years.

England now face France in the Cup quarter-finals, while New Zealand will play second-ranked South Africa, for whom Seabelo Senatla top-scored on day one with seven tries. In the other Cup quarters Australia will play Kenya and Samoa face Fiji in an all-South Sea Island tussle.