New Zealand Women's Sevens claim inaugural series


James Mortimer     19 May 2013     IRB

The Kiwi ‘Sisters’ as they are becoming known, claimed the Dubai and China legs, with England winning in USA, and are still on track to win the overall Dutch title, with Russia our Semi-Final opponents at 14:20 local time (00:20 Sunday Morning NZT), with the Final of the Cup scheduled for 17:42 local time (03:42 Sunday Morning NZT).

The New Zealand Women opened their account impressively, one of only three nations to be unbeaten after the first day.

Russia was accounted for (during the pool stages) 17-5, China were defeated 24-0 while hosts the Netherlands, despite holding the game to 0-0 after seven minutes, eventually fell to the Sisters 15-0.

The quarter-final against Spain – who lost to Australia and United States but defeated Brazil 26-0 – didn’t start well before the whistle was even blown, with Kelly Brazier, Ruby Tui and Sarah Goss scratched before the game started, forcing coach Sean Horan to make late changes.

The disruption was obvious from the onset, as the Spanish Women tore into their fancied opponents, and then Marta Cabane had the crowd erupt when she opened the scoring for the Spaniards.

However the power of Portia Woodman broke the game open, not merely smashing through the defence, but then making two massive fends to score directly under the posts.

The game was then sealed when Kayla McAlister again showed the power of the Sisters when she broke through two tackles to score to make the final result 14-5.

Russia defeated Australia 19-10 to progress to the semi-final against the new Women’s Sevens champions.