Hamilton Sevens: Black Ferns Sevens, All Blacks Sevens on course to defend 2020 titles

Doubles from Leroy Carter and Akuila Rokolisoa has seen the All Blacks brush aside France 38-0 to clinch their spot in the Hamilton Sevens men's final.

NZ needed just 15 seconds to signal their intent when Leroy Carter showed his class to beat his opposite on the outside and run in for the game's first try.

France struggled to impose themselves physically on NZ as they have done all weekend, with All Blacks captain Sam Dickson winning several key breakdown turnovers.

Their impressive defence laid the foundation for their electric speedsters to capatalise on, with Regan Ware crossing for a try, before Carter grabbed his second right on halftime.

Jorja Miller in action against Japan
Sam Dickson scores a try against Ireland. Photo credit: Photosport

The break did little to halt NZ's charge, with Rokolisoa scoring two more tries, before youngster Roderick Solo exploited his team's two man advantage to score.

France had two players sent to the bin for late tackles, with the resulting scrum leaving little protection at the back, and Solo pounced with a clever kick ahead for himself.

NZ will play Argentina in the final, after the Pumas upset the USA 24-14 in the other semi-final.

Meanwhile, Jorja Miller and Michaela Blyde also scored try doubles, as the Black Ferns Sevens overwhelmed Ireland 32-0 to book a place in the Hamilton Sevens women's final.

But their surprise opponents will be USA, who toppled series champions and current leaders Australia 10-7  in the other semi.

The NZ women never allowed their opponents into the contest, with Miller scoring the opening two tries to open up a 12-0 halftime lead. Blyde scored her brace after the break - along with a powerful fending effort from Portia Woodman-Wickliffe - to create a dream match-up in their title defence.

Earlier, Shiray Kaka scored a hat-trick of tries to propel them past Japan 43-12 in the quarter-finals.

Risi Pouri-Lane gave the Black Ferns an early advantage against Japan, but when Jorja Miller was yellow-carded for a deliberate knock-on, their opponents took toll of their numerical advantage, with a try from a close-range scrum to trail just 7-5.

But Miller returned to the field to score the next try for New Zealand, with Kaka touching down either side of halftime and adding a third late in the contest. Pouri-Lane also snared a second.


Black Ferns Sevens 32 (Miller 2, Blyde 2, Waaka-Fluhler & Woodman-Wickliffe tries; Nathan-Wong conversion) Ireland 0

All Blacks Sevens 38 (Carter 2, Rokolisoa 2, Ware, Solo; Rokolisoa 3, McGarvey-Black 1 conversions) France 0


Black Ferns Sevens 43 (Kaka 3, Puri-Lane 2, Miller & Woodman-Wickliffe tries; Nathan-Wong 2, Pouri-Lane 2 conversions) Japan 12 (Hirano & Hara tries; Suda conversion)

All Blacks Sevens 10 (Dickson & Rush tries) Ireland 5 (O'Sullivan try)

More to come