New Zealand 7s 34-10 Australia 7s
Michaela Blyde scored a hat-trick as New Zealand 7s went on to beat rivals Australia 7s with a 34-10 margin to go on to win the Sydney leg of the Women's World Rugby Sevens Series.
This is Black Ferns' third consecutive win this season after the previously won Glenale and Dubai legs to get 20 points while USA and Canada are at second and third respectively with 48 and 46 points.
Stacey Waaka scored the opening try for the visitors in the second minute but a response from Emma Sykes saw the scores levelled 5-5 by the fifth minute. Further tries from Shakira Baker and impact player of the final Blyde ensured New Zealand went into the break with a 17-5 lead.
It was total domination from New Zealand in the second half with Blyde (8' and 14') and Waaka (12') ensured New Zealand doubled their tally while Sykes' second helped Australia reduce losing margin to 24 points.
t’s always hard coming up against Australia at home," said Blyde, the DHL Impact Player in Sydney. "We knew they were going to come out firing in front of their families and friends, so we just made sure we emptied it out on that field. We’ve come out with the result which is brilliant.
"Since the Commonwealth Games final we’ve completely turned around our culture, our game-plan and mindset. We’ve got a really tough year coming up with Olympic qualification this year and Olympics next year so every tournament, team and game is one you’ve got to not take lightly. We’re coming out on top and that’s good."
Earlier, New Zealand defeated USA 29-5 in the semi-final while Australia outplayed Ireland 24-12 in the second semi-final to make it to the final.