Sydney 7s Turns All Black: New Zealand Clinch Men, Women Cups Double

Feb 03 - by AFP for SportPesa News

Winners shoot to the top of the HSBC World Series standings after 21-5 and 34-10 victories in the finals against USA and Australia in that sequence

New Zealand players celebrate winning the Cup against the US in the men's final at the Rugby Sevens tournament in Sydney on February 3, 2019. PHOTO/AFP

  • The All Blacks Sevens claimed their second title in the fourth leg of the season, comfortably beating the USA 21-5 in the men's final
  • Earlier, the Black Ferns Sevens stamped their dominance in the women's competition when they beat arch-rivals Australia 34-10 in the final to extend their record 48-match unbeaten run
  • World Rugby women's sevens player of the year Michaela Blyde scored a hat-trick while Stacey Waaka put away two tries

SYDNEY, Australia- New Zealand made it a double victory in the Rugby Sevens in Sydney on Sunday, winning both the men's and the women's tournaments to top the overall standings.

The All Blacks Sevens claimed their second title in the fourth leg of the season, comfortably beating the USA 21-5 in the men's final.

Earlier, the Black Ferns Sevens stamped their dominance in the women's competition when they beat arch-rivals Australia 34-10 in the final to extend their record 48-match unbeaten run.

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The Americans were looking to win their first men's gold medal this season after three silvers in the first three rounds, but were only able to score one try against the injury-hit Kiwis' three.

Two tries from Regan Ware and Sam Dickson -- later awarded player of the final -- took New Zealand to a 14-0 lead at half-time, with Tone Ng Shiu adding a third just after the break.

The Eagles finally got on the scoreboard through Brett Thompson, but they were not able to overcome the deficit as New Zealand comfortably hung on for the victory.

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England secured third place after defeating Fiji 19-17.

The All Blacks Sevens' win means they are now joint leaders of the World Series standings with the USA on 76 points with six rounds to go.

The women were just as commanding in their final, with their win a sweet revenge after they were crushed 31-0 by the Australians in the Sydney final last year.

World Rugby women's sevens player of the year Michaela Blyde scored a hat-trick while Stacey Waaka put away two tries.

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Australia suffered a blow in the first-half when skipper Sharni Williams was yellow-carded, leaving the Kiwis to take advantage of their superior numbers and go into the break 17-5 after two tries.

Despite the loss, Australia's women climbed to joint-third on the overall standings behind New Zealand, the USA and Canada.

SYDNEY 7s RESULTS

Main Cup 

Quarter-finals 

Fiji 22 Australia 17

New Zealand 28 France 5

South Africa 5 England 26

USA 38 Spain 10

Semi-finals

Fiji 14 New Zealand 36

England 7 USA 14

Play-off 3-4

Fiji 17 England 19

Final

New Zealand 21 USA 5

Challenge Trophy

Quarter-finals

Japan 31 Tonga 19

Wales 19 Kenya 14

Argentina 36 Samoa 12

Canada 35 Scotland 21

Semi-finals

Japan 19 Wales 17

Argentina 24 Canada 19

Final

Japan 7 Argentina 10

Standings after four rounds: 1: New Zealand, USA 76 points. 3: Fiji 72. 4: South Africa 57. 5: England 55. 6: Australia 47. 7: Scotland 34. 8: Spain 32. 9: Argentina 31. 10: Samoa 30.