New Zealand to face Canada in US final
February 16, 2014
United States' Jillion Potter is tackled by Australia's Hanna Sio © AP
New Zealand have made it through to the final of the women's rugby sevens tournament in Atlanta, setting up a meeting with Canada. The World Cup holders and defending world series champions defeated Japan 42-0 to progress to the semi-finals, where they accounted for Russia 24-7.
Two early tries from Portia Woodman set New Zealand on their way against the Japanese, before Kayla McAlister dotted down. The 21-0 half-time scoreline blew out further when Sarah Goss, Tyla Nathan-Wong and 17-year-old Taranaki newcomer Gayle Broughton also crossed.
Against Russia, McAlister grabbed a double as New Zealand also built up a comfortable half-time lead, with Carla Hohepa touching down as well in the opening spell. Down 17-0, Russia hit back with a try to Nadezda Kudinova, but then had a player sin-binned. A late Broughton try rounded off the victory.
Like New Zealand, Canada went through their three pool fixtures on day one with three wins. In their quarter-final, they downed United States 26-12, with Bianca Farella scoring a hat-trick to sit equal top in the tournament's try-scoring stakes with six. They then eliminated Australia, winners of the opening round of this season's world series, 17-7.
The US leg is the second of the circuit, and it was the only event New Zealand failed to win during the inaugural series last season.
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