Rugby Women’s Sevens: New Zealand win their second consecutive title

Sarah Goss (Image: Facebook)

New Zealand’s 46-0 victory over Australia in the final of the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens saw the Black Ferns Sevens secure their second consecutive title on this year’s world series.

The win sees New Zealand reduce Australia’s series lead to four points, setting up for a thrilling final round of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Paris.

New Zealand produced 14 minutes of sublime sevens to beat Australia in the final at the Westhills stadium in Langford on Sunday.

HSBC Player of the Final Portia Woodman opened up scoring in the first minute and was soon followed by Ruby Tui who also crossed over. A third try came when Kelly Brazier reacted quickly to a penalty giving Australia no chance to stop her from close range. Woodman secured her second try in the final play of the half to make it 22-0 to the defending champions at half-time.

There was no respite for Australia with New Zealand crossing four times in the second half. Niall Williams went over for a brace, before captain Sarah Goss barged through Georgina Friedrichs for a try of her own and Brazier finished the game with the eighth and final try.

New Zealand captain Sarah Goss said: “Really proud of the girls, we put in a lot of effort. We’ve been on the road for a long time so we are really stoked with the result and happy to be heading back for some recovery. Credit to Australia as they are an amazing team. We love playing them and it just shows how amazing women’s rugby is at the moment.”

USA beat France 21-5 to secure the bronze medal while hosts Canada claimed fifth place with a 29-12 victory over Ireland. The Challenge Trophy final was contested by Japan and Spain with the Sakura Sevens winning 26-21.

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