New Zealand won both the menís and womenís HSBC
Sydney Sevens to conclude three days of scintillating action at
In the men's tournament the All Black
Sevens went unbeaten through the tournament to record their second
tournament victory of the series after previously lifting the Cup
in Dubai. They kept their best for last producing a confident and
dominant 21-5 victory in the final against the USA.
The win lifts New Zealand to joint first in HSBC
World Rugby Sevens Series standings. Sharing top spot is USA who
has now finished runner-up in all four series finals. Fiji is
third, four points behind the joint leaders.
Player of the Final, said, "Iím just stoked we could win it
after a disappointing Hamilton where we lost in the semis. We got
them back tonight. Weíve put a lot of emphasis on culture and we
pride ourselves on our whole squad, players dig deep and everyone
is stepping up when people get injured."
Earlier in the day the menís quarter finals produced some
scintillating action with defending HSBC Sydney Sevens champions
Australia all set to upset Fiji before the Pacific Islanders
scored two tries late in the second half to win 22-17. New Zealand
were too strong for France to set up a mouth watering semi-final.
On the other side of the draw USA were convincing in beating
Spain 38-10 but England upset reigning series champions South
Africa 26-5 to earn their semi-final place.
of winning a third consecutive tournament were ruined with a red
card in the first half of its semi-final against New Zealand. The
Kiwis went on to win comfortably 36-14. USA beat England in the
other semi-final to make a fourth consecutive final.
the Bronze Final England beat Fiji, while South Africa won the
fifth place play-off against Australia.
In the womenís tournament Australia beat
Ireland 24-12 in their semi-final clash and New Zealand beat USA
29-5 to set up the final the Sydney fans wanted.
The reigning HSBC
Sydney Sevens champions and home town favourites Australia against
arch enemy New Zealand, the current series leader.
Zealandís Black Ferns proved too strong for Australia in the final
winning 34-10 to make it three from three tournament wins in this
yearís series. They have also now won the last six tournaments
played and are one win shy of equaling their record of 37 straight
victories in a row.
"Itís always hard coming up against
Australia at home," said Michaela Blyde, the DHL Impact Player in
Sydney. "We knew they were going to come out firing in front of
their families and friends, so we just made sure we emptied it out
on that field. Weíve come out with the result which is brilliant.
USA won the bronze final beating Ireland, while Canada
beat France in the fifth place play-off.
The win extended
the Black Ferns lead in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series to 12
points ahead of USA in second, with Canada and Australia in joint
Women Now Account for More Than 25% of Total Rugby Players
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Pictures of Singha Thailand Sevens 2015,
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