Rugby Sevens: All Blacks Sevens, Black Ferns Sevens secure tournament double at Toulouse to underline world series dominance

New Zealand have underscored their dominance of the rugby sevens world series with double success at the penultimate round at Toulouse.

An extra-time try in the corner by speedster Roderick Solo propelled the All Blacks Sevens to a thrilling 24-19 win over rivals Argentina, while the Black Ferns Sevens also rallied from behind for their 19-14 victory over USA in the women's final. 

Both teams have already clinched their respective world series titles for 2023, along with qualification for next year's Paris Olympics, with the women's season now over and a final stopover for the men looming at London next week.

Regan Ware scores a try against Kenya.
Regan Ware scores a try against Kenya. Photo credit: Photosport

The NZ men enjoyed their fifth tournament triumph from 10 events - and their third consecutive win - with three of those wins coming against the second-placed South Americans.

Unbeaten through poolplay, the All Blacks Sevens progressed to the final with knockout victories over Ireland and France, while Argentina overwhelmed Canada in their semifinal.

Regan Ware's try in the opening minute had New Zealand ahead early, but with Akuila Rokolisoa yellow-carded for two minutes, Argentina scored the next three tries to lead 19-7 at halftime.

Rokolisoa returned to the field to reduce the deficit, before Solo scored his first try with three minutes remaining to level the score at fulltime.

The Kiwis needed just over a minute of added time to steal the result, with Solo barely staying in bounds, as he outpaced his marker and plunged over in the right corner.

"So proud of the boys," said captain Sam Dickson. "To come back again in extra time and to show that ticker we've had all season to top off our world series, this victory means a lot to everyone.

"We weren't panicking, we just decided what we wanted to do and executed. I think we did that pretty well - we put them under pressure, forced a knockon, won our scrum and then finished, perfect."

Beaten by New Zealand in poolplay, the Americans were surprise finalists in the women's event, after toppling Australia in the semis, while the Black Ferns Sevens accounted for Japan and France en route to the title game.

USA rocked the favourites with two opening tries to lead 14-5 at halftime, but the second half was all New Zealand, with Stacey Waaka securing a try double, including the winner with three minutes remaining.

"We're competitive people and we want to win everything," said captain Sarah Hirini. "We want to be dominant and I think we've done that this year.

"It's nice to take the world series home, and to win the last tournament... that's a lot sweeter feeling."

After losing the opening Dubai final to Australia, the Black Ferns Sevens have been unbeaten through the next six tournaments, building a winning streak of 36 games.

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