Sydney Sevens: All Blacks Sevens beat USA in final

The All Blacks Sevens have catapulted to the top of the IRB World Series standings, with a commanding 21-5 win over the USA in the Sydney Sevens final at Spotless Stadium on Sunday.

The win was New Zealand's second series triumph this season, having beaten the USA by the same score-line in Dubai, while the 16-point loss was the Eagles' fourth consecutive final loss in four tournaments.

Having beaten previous leaders Fiji to reach the final, the All Blacks Sevens were determined to win in Sydney for the first time since 2016 and they got off to a perfect start, as they raced out to a 14-0 halftime lead.

Regan Ware and Sam Dickson both scored first-half tries from New Zealand, and when Tone Ng Shiu picked up the Kiwis' third early in the second stanza, the game was done.

Brett Thompson scored a consolation for the USA, but it did little to make up for the disappointment of another defeat in a tournament decider for the Eagles, who are without Perry Baker, after the flyer broke his jaw during last week's Hamilton Sevens.

The series win was pleasing for All Blacks Sevens coach Clark Laidlaw, after last week's below-par performance in New Zealand.

"We're delighted to come here and get a win, after a disappointing weekend last week," said Laidlaw.

"It was a tough tournament for all teams, so to come away with the win was satisfying."

The All Blacks Sevens will take part in two tournaments next month - the Las Vegas Sevens on March 2-4 and the Vancouver Sevens on March 10-11 respectively.

The result completed the perfect day for New Zealand, after their Black Ferns Sevens walloped fierce rivals Australia 34-10 in the women's decider earlier in the evening.