Australia beat New Zealand to win in Atlanta
Australia took a step closer to securing this year’s HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series after defeating their rivals New Zealand at the third round of the series in Atlanta. Despite both teams losing on day one, New Zealand and Australia bounced back on Saturday, returning to form as they progressed to the final at Kennesaw State University. In a physical encounter, Charlotte Caslick and Emilee Cherry thundered over for tries in the first 10 minutes and, despite two tries from Selica Winiata for New Zealand, Australia swept to victory to extend their lead at the top of the World Series..
Speaking after the final whistle, winning captain Shannon Parry said: “It was a bit of a slow start by us this weekend but we just keeping thinking about the process and we’re glad to get the trophy.”
The Plate final was won by USA, much to the delight of the loyal home fans in Fifth-Third Bank Stadium in Georgia, while Ireland claimed the Bowl final with a victory over a plucky Japan side. England beat Canada to claim third place at the tournament. The women’s series moves on to Canada where the fourth round of the series will be contested in Langford, BC next Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 April. The draw for the tournament will be announced shortly. The HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series is broadcast on TV around the world and also made available in non-broadcast territories as a live stream to watch.
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