New Zealand wins males’s, ladies’s titles at Sydney Sevens

SYDNEY (AP) — New Zealand gained each the lads’s and girls’s titles Sunday on the Sydney leg of the World Rugby Sevens Collection, consolidating its general lead in each sequence.

New Zealand ladies beat France 35-0 for his or her third-straight Sydney title, their third of the season and their thirtieth for the reason that World Collection started.

Tenika Willison and Jazmin Felix-Hotham scored two tries every whereas veteran Portia Woodman scored the final of the match, her 213th in World Collection matches.

The New Zealanders had been unbeaten on the match, averaging 35.5 factors per match whereas conceding solely 4 tries in six matches, none within the closing.

The tone of the ultimate was set early when Willison and Felix-Hotham each scored below the posts throughout the first 4 minutes. New Zealand led 21-0 by halftime and added two extra tries within the second half.

France defended aggressively however New Zealand was capable of manipulate the protection to create gaps by shifting the ball shortly extensive then again infield and utilizing tempo to complete.

“Successful again to again (New Zealand additionally gained final weekend in Hamilton) is fairly exhausting and to come back out right here and have the help we’ve had within the crowd is implausible,” New Zealand captain Sarah Hirini stated.

Hirini additionally despatched aroha (love) to household in Auckland the place 4 folks have died in flash floods since Friday.

New Zealand males beat South Africa 36-0 for his or her first title of the season. South Africa beat New Zealand 17-14 in group play however the Kiwis realized from that defeat and had been capable of maintain the South Africans scoreless for the primary time in 9 years.

Tries to Roderick Solo, Joe Webber and captain Sam Dickson gave New Zealand a 17-0 lead at halftime. However the match was nonetheless within the steadiness: South Africa had rallied from an analogous margin to beat New Zealand within the closing at Dubai earlier within the season.

Akuila Rokolisoa scored the decisive strive within the twelfth minute, kicking the ball free from a South Africa scrum and re-gathering earlier than the road. Amanaki Nicole and Ngarohi McGarvey-Black added tries earlier than the tip to make the win complete.

New Zealand males have had two second placings and a 3rd in 4 earlier tournaments this 12 months and had been relieved to interrupt by for his or her first win.

“It’s pleasing,” Dickson stated. “I’m so happy with the boys and the administration. We’ve been making an attempt so exhausting, made just a few finals and simply missed out.

“It’s been an unreal match for us and it’s about time we produced a refined efficiency like that.”

The win extends New Zealand’s general Collection result in 9 factors over South Africa. New Zealand ladies now lead by 12 factors over Australia.


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