Published: Tue, February 05, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

NZ do Sydney sevens double

NZ do Sydney sevens double

"The conditions weren't ideal for what we're trying to do but really happy to get through that".

Bianca Farella scored a last-minute try and Ghislaine Landry followed with a conversion as the Canadian women came from behind and beat France 19-17 on Sunday to finish fifth at the Sydney Sevens.

The golden effort sees both teams claim full points for the overall series standings, the Black Ferns Sevens leading the Women's Series and the All Blacks Sevens sit in equal first position with USA.

The Kiwis beat France and the high-flying Fijians to advance to the decider across the ditch and tries to Regan Ware, Sam Dickson and Tone Ng Shiu clinched victory against U.S., who have finished as runners-up in all four legs of the 2018/19 series.

England men won bronze at the Sydney Sevens with a 19-17 defeat of Rio 2016 Olympic champions Fiji.

There are three rounds left to play in Japan, Canada and France.

Past year saw just one podium finish - a gold medal in Las Vegas, where the men's circuit heads next.

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The All Blacks proved themselves to be the dominant force in Sydney, and sent out a big statement with a six-try, 36-14 victory over Fiji in the semifinals.

Dickson, HSBC Player of the Final, said, "I'm just stoked we could win it after a disappointing Hamilton where we lost in the semis". It was a really tough battle against a really tough US team.

It was five all after early exchanges before the Black Ferns Sevens launched, Michaela Blyde running in three tries and Stacey Waaka nabbing a brace on the way to a 34-10 victory.

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"Fiji are an wonderful attacking team", Australia coach Tim Walsh said.

"This weekend has definitely tested our depth and it has been really pleasing to see everyone step up and put in performances they can be proud of", said Bunting.

The defeat means Kenya pick only one point at Sydney 7s, their lowest of this lowest season to move to 12 points.

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