NZ claim second women's sevens series crown

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Last updated 06:17 18/05/2014
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OFFLOADING: Portia Woodman looks to pass during the IRB Womens Sevens match between New Zealand and USA.

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New Zealand have made it two from two in the IRB Women's Sevens World Series after winning the Amsterdam Sevens final this morning.

The 29-12 final victory over Australia was winner takes all, and New Zealand came through huge with a stunning display in the final.

Constant brilliance from Tyla Nathan-Wong and Sarah Goss at the restart proved key to the victory, with Nathan-Wong's high kickoff repeatedly plucked out of the air by Goss, setting New Zealand up for easy tries.

It was Australian star Emilee Cherry who opened the scoring, crossing after only a minute for an early 5-0 lead.

The Australians seemed intent on defending the slim margin, and were simply brilliant on defence for much of the first half, as New Zealand struggled to get past the halfway line.

When they eventually did after six minutes, Shiray Tane streaked up the right wing to tie things up, and then it was the Goss and Nathan-Wong show.

Goss won the high kickoff, fed the ball inside, and within moments Kayla McAlister was in after breaking through the stiff Australian defence with a massive step.

Then it was the Goss and Nathan-Wong show, again.

Goss claimed another kickoff, fed the ball inside, and Carla Hohepa has space to run up the left wing for another try.

Deja vu had only just begun, as Goss claimed another restart as halftime approached, but this time Tane was stopped just short of the line by the outstanding Cherry, preventing an even larger lead at the break.

After halftime, Hopepa had her second of the match after fooling the defence with a big step, before Australian substitute Ellia Green scored using her fresh legs up the outside.

New Zealand had the last say of the final, when Jordon Webber fed the ball inside to McAlister with space to run, and run she did claiming her second try of the match.

There was time for another try saving tackle from Cherry on Hohepa, but it couldn't save the game for Australia.

The tournament win gives New Zealand 96 points in the World Series, four ahead of Australia in second.

Earlier in the day, New Zealand beat Russia 36-0 in the quarterfinals, before a 26-10 win over England in the semifinals.

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