New Zealand win China Sevens

(IRB.COM) Sunday 31 March 2013
 
 New Zealand win China Sevens
Huriana Manuel lifts the China Sevens trophy with her team mates celebrating around her

New Zealand claimed their second IRB Women's Sevens World Series title of the season, defeating Houston champions England 19-5 in the Cup final. They have extended their lead at the top of the WSWS standings to eight points over England with just one event remaining - the Amsterdam Sevens - in May.

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Kat Merchant had opened the scoring for England in the Cup final, but New Zealand struck back immediately through Ruby Tui before Kelly Brazier added another to make it 12-5 to New Zealand at half time.

England tried to break down a well-organised New Zealand defence without success at the start of the second half and, as they tired, New Zealand took control. With the England defence stretched, Brazier sprinted through a gap to score her second try of the final.

Canada clinched third place at the China Sevens by defeating USA 17-5. Ireland, playing in their first WSWS event, edged Netherlands 14-10 to claim the Plate. Australia scraped past a resilient Brazil 7-5 to secure seventh place. Japan won the Bowl, beating China 14-10.

The last event of the inaugural WSWS takes place in Amsterdam on 17-18 May. New Zealand will win the series title if they make it to the Cup semifinal in Amsterdam.

WSWS - CHINA

Round 4
5-6 April 2014

Venue: Guangzhou Uni Town Stadium
City: Guangzhou
Capacity: 50,000

 
Series Standings
TeamPts
1New ZealandNew Zealand96
2AustraliaAustralia92
3CanadaCanada80
4EnglandEngland60
5RussiaRussia56
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