There was some joy for USA's Naya Tapper after the final of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in Sydney on Saturday - the hat-trick hero was named HSBC Player of the Final.

Tapper, who was joint top-scorer for the tournament along with Joanne Lagona from Papua New Guinea, scored nine times over the weekend, including three in the final.

However the Americans. who finished 11th in Dubai last December, had to watch on as the Canadians lifted the HSBC Sydney Sevens trophy following the 21-17 win. 

"I'm very proud of myself and my team," said the quietly-spoken Tapper after the final whistle. 

Asked if the defenders on the series should have something to worry about over the remaining tournaments, she replied: "I hope so."

The 22 year old, who last played for USA in Sao Paulo in 2016,  was also picked in the Sydney women's dream team alongside team mate Alev Layla Kelter, Canada's Jen Kish, Brittany Benn and Ghislaine Landry, Australia's Charlotte Caslick and Lagona. 

She was alos second top points scorer with 45, behind Lagona at 49 and accounted for 13 line breaks over the weekend in Sydney.

Tapper will be hoping for another impressive display when she takes to the field at the next round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Las Vegas next month. Click here for more information.