Hohepa: "It was perfect out there tonight"

(IRB.COM) Saturday 1 December 2012
 Hohepa: "It was perfect out there tonight"
New Zealand beat South Africa 41-0 to win the Dubai Sevens

A dominant New Zealand team, displaying a combination of raw power, pace and unparalleled fitness levels, have swept to victory at the first round of the inaugural IRB Women’s Sevens World Series in Dubai.

Facing perhaps the surprise package of the tournament in the form of an improving South Africa team in the final, the Kiwis showed why they may become just as much a force in women’s Sevens as their male counterparts, sweeping to a 41-0 win. 

New Zealand's Carla Hohepa spoke about her delight after winning the first-ever IRB Women's Sevens World Series in Dubai.

Having scored two tries in the 41-0 victory against South Africa, the smile could not be wiped from Hohepa's face after the full time whistle.

"It is awesome to be here, the girls played to their game plan and it was perfect out there tonight," said Hohepa.

"Everyone stuck together and executed the basics well and we came away with the tries. The atmosphere is amazing, can't you hear it?!"

Portia Woodman, who also scored in the final was delighted with the victory for a side competing in their first international Sevens event since they were runners-up at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2009.

"It feels amazing. It is the best feeling I have felt in years," said the New Zealander.

"It is like we have been together forever, it is awesome. I knew it was a team effort that was going to get us through and we were the best team on the field."


Marina Bravo, Spain captain, after semi final defeat to SA:
"I am very proud of my team. We never reach until here so we made a good job and we finally came here and we couldn't win against South Africa, but we are very very happy.

"The teams are all very competitive, they have a lot of problems to be first. Always on IRB it is very competitive and is why we want to be here. This is amazing, all this crowd shouting with you and we love it."

Chris Lane, Australia coach, after semi final defeat to NZ: "A couple of injuries never help but that is footy, and you have to deal with it as best you can. But I am really proud of the way the girls dug in and kept having a crack at it. We just go back, put our heads down and continue to work hard. It is a fantastic tournament."


Jen Kish, Canada captain:
"We have to keep our penalty count down. We also have to keep on to the ball and not let the other teams dictate what we do. We are always trying to come out and give a good fight."

Abi Chamberlain, England captain: "Fantastic result, couldn't have asked for more than that. We got what we deserved I think. We started off quite slowly, but we have built on every game and bonded as a team. If we hit the ground running tomorrow, pick up where we left off today, then we have a good shot."

Tessa Veldhuis, Netherlands, on victory against USA:
"It's great. It was a hard game, very physical, they played very well but we are very happy we beat them. One second I just look around and think it is wonderful to play in front of so many people, but then I have to focus on the game."

Chris Lane, Australia coach, on two wins out of two:
"This is a great tournament. The crowd is sensational, the competition is tough. We have had two good wins but we have a tough one next against USA. But we are enjoying the experience. Each tournament we come to, the standard gets higher and higher."

Mandisa Williams, SA women's Sevens captain, after victory against England:
"It means a lot and it is in the first women's tournament. It is great for us, and awesome, we can't describe it further. It is the first time our game is televised so we put in our best because people back home are watching us and we are so proud to get the win today."