NZ women's sevens finish fourth in Houston

Last updated 17:49 03/02/2013

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New Zealand's women's sevens team have finished fourth at the Houston leg of the IRB Women's Sevens World Series.

After losing 19-12 to England in the semifinal the Kiwis faced Australia in the third-place playoff. 

New Zealand made a good start taking an early lead through a try to Portia Woodman.

They then led 12-7 nearing fulltime, but Australia were awarded a penalty try for a high tackle over the line in the dying seconds to level the scores and send the game into sudden death extra time. 

It took eight minutes for the deadlock to be broken - Australia scoring through Ellia Green to claim victory. 

The result is a reality check for the New Zealanders after their dominant performance at the world series opener in Dubai.

Clearly this women's field is going to be very competitive as the buildup winds on towards the Olympics in Brazil in 2016.

England beat New Zealand in pool play yesterday and repeated the dose in the semifinal.

New Zealand took an early lead with a converted try to Kelly Brazier.

England equalised just before halftime and New Zealand made a promising start to the second half when Selica Winata scored after just 30 seconds.

But England dominated from there, scoring two further tries for a convincing win to back up their recent whitewash of the Black Ferns in the 15s game.

England went on to win the Cup beating USA 29-12 in the final. 

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