Rugby Sevens: New Zealand complete sweep of men's, women's finals at Sydney to extend world series dominance

New Zealand have consolidated their dominance of the World Rugby sevens series, sweeping both men's and women's titles at the Sydney tournament.

While the Black Ferns Sevens secured their third straight tournament victory - following success at Cape Town and Hamilton - their male counterparts celebrated their first win over the current season, after falling short at the previous two events.

The All Blacks Sevens had already lost to South Africa in poolplay, but gave their rivals no chance in the tournament decider, running in six unanswered tries to prevail 38-0.

All Blacks Sevens celebrate a try against South Africa
All Blacks Sevens celebrate a try against South Africa. Photo credit: Photosport

"We've been trying a while now, making a few finals and just missing out," said captain Sam Dickson. "I'm so proud... it was an unreal tourney for us and about time we had a polished performance like that.

"We won and we're stoked about that, but our main goal is to qualify for the Olympics and win the world series. This is an absolute bonus and I'm just stoked that we can celebrate the hard work we've put in over the last two years, since COVID, because it's been a while."

Earlier, the NZ women defeated France for the second time over the weekend, with Tenika Willison and Jazmin Felix-Hotham scored try doubles in a 35-0 whitewash. Incredibly, both teams kept their opponents scoreless in their respective finals. 

"Back-to-backs are pretty hard, and to come over here and have the amount of support we've had in the crowd... we're glad we could put on a show," said captain Sarah Hirini.

Teenage rookie Jorja Miller was named Player of the Final, failing to find the scoresheet, but proving an unstoppable force in defence and breakdowns, while also creating opportunities for her teammates.

Both NZ teams entered the tournament atop the world series standings, climbing above their rivals with their performances at Hamilton.

Their nearest challengers fell away at Sydney, with the Argentina and USA men failing to progress from poolplay, and the champion Australian women continuing their recent slide, upset by France in the quarter-finals. 

The next world series touranment is scheduled for Los Angeles on February 25/26.

Sydney Sevens Finals

Men - NZ 38 (Solo, Webber, Dickson, Rokolisoa, Nicole & McGarvey-Black tries; Rokolisoa 2, McGarvey-Black & Spencer conversions) South Africa 0

Women - NZ 35 (Willison 2, Felix-Hotham 2, Woodman-Wickliffe tries; Nathan-Wong 4 conversions & Pouri-Lane conversion) France 0