New Zealand beat France 27-5 Sunday to win the home leg of the World Rugby Sevens series, extending its series lead and its favoritism for the Olympic tournament later this year. Scott Curry scored three tries and Regan Ware two as New Zealand overwhelmed France in the final to remain unbeaten at the tournament and move 15 points clear of South Africa after three rounds of the World Sevens Series.
The win was New Zealand's first at home in four years while France has now gone 15 years without a title. New Zealand has two wins and a second placing from tournaments in Dubai, Cape Town and Hamilton. It was level with South Africa on 41 points after the first two tournaments of the season.
South Africa won the first tournament in Dubai from New Zealand while New Zealand won the second from South Africa in Cape Town to share the lead after two rounds. New Zealand now leads the series with 63 points from South Africa and France, who both have 48 points. In Sunday's final New Zealand was always on top against France, scoring early through Curry to lead 7-0.