After a nervy start to the final played in front of a 20,000 strong home crowd, the Black Ferns Sevens were forced to come from behind when Canadian flyer Brittany Benn stunned the home side in the fifth minute.
The parochial home crowd found their voice and Michaela Blyde obliged with a try on the stroke of halftime to tie the scores at the break. The second half belonged to New Zealand as they crossed for three more tries to secure a famous 24-7 win.
Stacey Fluhler was superb throughout the tournament and crossed for the final try of the final to shut out any chance of a Canadian comeback. She was quick to praise the home crowd and the great team culture the Black Ferns have established following the final whistle.
“We only get one opportunity to play at home so we really wanted to make our fans, our friends and our families proud and I think we did exactly that,” Fluhler said.
“The culture is massive. We sing a lot of waiata, we do the haka, it brings us together, it makes us close and I think it shows that trust on the field.”
The win is the third straight tournament victory for New Zealand after taking out the Cape Town and Dubai Sevens late in 2019. It lifts the Black Ferns Sevens to 76 points on the series ladder, 12 points clear of second-placed Australia.
The team will be back in action next weekend at the Sydney Sevens on February 1-2.