Rugby Sevens: Portia Woodman hat-trick helps Black Ferns smash Australia

Black Ferns Sevens star Portia Woodman has stolen the show with a hat-trick on day three of the trans-Tasman warm-up tournament for the Tokyo Olympics in Auckland.

Making a three-year return to the sevens game, Woodman was at her scintillating best to power New Zealand to two convincing victories over Australia. 

The blockbusting wing steered the NZ women to their fourth victory of the weekend, with a 33-12 win in the opening game on Sunday. 

After Australia raced out to an early 7-0 lead, she turned the game on its head with two quick tries, highlighted by an electric 70-metre burst just moments after coming on as a substitute, as the Ferns took a 12-7 lead at the break.

The Black Ferns stepped up a gear after the break, with Woodman pulling out her trademark footwork and speed to wrap up her hat-trick in between tries to Shiray Kaka and Shakira Baker. 

Australia grabbed a late consolation through Bienne Terita, but the Kiwis completely outclassed their trans-Tasman neighbours.

She then backed that up with another try in the afternoon game, with the Black Ferns Sevens running in four tries to two to run away 24-12 winners and complete a 5-1 series victory. 

Meanwhile, All Blacks Sevens coach Clark Laidlaw rolled out his big guns for their opening match on day three and they didn't disappoint.

The size, speed and footwork of the New Zealand players were too much for Australia to handle, with William Warbrick, Ngarohi McGarvey-Black and Scott Curry all crossing for first-half tries to race out to a 19-0 lead. 

New Zealand didn't ease up in the second stanza, with McGarvey-Black and a double to Etene Nanai-Seturo enough to round out the 36-5 hiding, and keep them on track for a clean sweep, heading into the afternoon matches.  

The home side again rolled out their top line-up in the last contest of the weekend, as they hunted a 6-0 clean sweep. 

The All Blacks Sevens raced out of the gates to lead 14-0, thanks to a try double from Regan Ware, before Australia hit back to level the scores at halftime. 

Laidlaw's side showed their class in the second stanza, with three quick tries to Andrew Knewstubb, Vilimoni Koroi and Warbrick to seal the series sweep at Ōrākei Domain.