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Women's Rugby World Cup Sevens
New Zealand Women crush Canada for glory
ESPN Staff
June 30, 2013
New Zealand Women lift the World Cup Sevens silverware © IRB

New Zealand claimed the Women's Rugby World Cup Sevens crown with a 29-12 win over Canada in the title-decider at a rain-soaked Lizhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday.

The World Series champions were in imperious form, comfortably beating England 24-7 in the quarter-finals and then coming through strongly 19-10 against USA in the final four.

Portia Woodman gave them the perfect start to the final by going under the posts and Kelly Brazier followed soon after to give the Kiwis a 12-0 lead. Canada hit back through Arielle Dubissette-Borrice but Honey Hireme ensured New Zealand lead 17-5 at half-time.

However, it was game on when the impressive Ghislaine Landry reached over and converted her own try. Playing in their first World Cup final, Canada needed to score next but they didn't with Woodman and then Kayla McAlister touching down to ensure New Zealand could celebrate come the final whistle.

New Zealand's women's captain Huriana Manuel was ecstatic after the final whistle: "It feels amazing to be world champions. We have worked so hard for each other and we left it all out there on the field. I am so proud. The weather conditions were hard but we expected that. We have something special in our team. It is more than rugby - we play for each other and that is all that matters."

Australia won the Plate competition by beating England 14-5 and Fiji laid claim the the Bowl title with a 12-10 win over the Netherlands.

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