It’s the first time a women’s team has won back-to-back titles at the HSBC World Sevens tournament in Dubai.
Gayle Broughton claimed victory for New Zealand, scoring with less than 20 seconds left on the clock, to defeat Canada 17-14 in the final.
Stacey Waaka opened the scoring in just the second minute, but it didn’t take long for Canada to strike back and take a 7-5 lead. The pressure continued to come from Canada, and they forced the Black Ferns Sevens to make errors in their own half. It was the Canadians who took a 14-5 lead into halftime.
It was Waaka again who scored for New Zealand early in the second half. She was named player of the final for her efforts. It was her ninth try of the tournament and it made the score 14-12. Then it was Broughton who secured the match-winning try.
The victory puts New Zealand at the top of the HSBC Standings after two tournaments. They are on equal points with USA, but points differential means they are leading.
Waaka and Ruby Tui made the HSBC Dream Team over the weekend, while it was an incredibly successful tournament for Waaka who also tops the ‘Impact Player’ leaderboard after two rounds.
The series moves to Cape Town next weekend, with the pools to be announced shortly. It will be the first time and men and women will play alongside each other at the African tournament.