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New Zealand wins menís and womenís sevens series title in Hamilton
9:45 pm GMT+12, 26/01/2020, New Zealand

Hosts New Zealand have won their home leg of the men's World Rugby Sevens Series at FMG Stadium in Hamilton after a 27-5 win over France.

The All Blacks, who have been in the final of all three legs so far, made it their second title of the series after reaching the final following a 7-5 win against South Africa in Cape Town in the previous round.

In the final, France replied early on after the first New Zealand try, they could not score again as Scott Curry scored a hat-trick of tries for the Kiwis, backed up by a double from Regan Ware.

The champions made the final after comfortably beating Scotland 38-12 in their final group match before coming back to beat Australia 17-14 in the semi-finals to book their place in the final.

France won their last group game 17-7 against Ireland, setting up a semi-final match with England - winning in a low-scoring 10-5 affair.

Having previously won bronze in Cape Town in a 29-24 win over Fiji, it would mark the first final of the series involving France.

Meanwhile, New Zealand women’s team triumphed in front of a home crowd in Hamilton to earn their third consecutive World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series title of the season.

The Black Ferns had already topped the podium in Dubai and Cape Town last month, now becoming the inaugural champions at FMG Stadium.

They clinched a final victory in Pool A to progress to the semi-finals, defeating Fiji 38-21, before overcoming France 19-7 to make the gold medal match.

New Zealand then recorded their 13th successive win against Canada, a 24-7 result.

Canada had opened the scoring at FMG Stadium through Brittany Benn in the fifth minute despite the high tackle of Ruby Tui, seeing the World Rugby Women's Sevens player of the year sent to the sin-bin for two minutes.

New Zealand fought back, however, with player of the final Stacey Fluhler scoring her tenth try of the tournament as her team secured the victory.

"This is massive," said New Zealand captain Sarah Hirini.

"To everyone who has supported us over the last couple of days, thank you very much.

"We love all of our fans here in New Zealand.

"It was the heart and grit that got us over the line, we’ve been training for so long to play on home soil.

The next round of the Sevens Series will be hosted in Sydney, Australia on 1-2 February.

SOURCE: INSIDETHEGAMES/PACNEWS


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