The New Zealand women's sevens team will face England in the quarterfinals at the Sevens World Cup in Moscow after topping Pool A.
New Zealand went through pool play unbeaten, defeating Tunisia 36-0, the Netherlands 41-0 and Canada 20-5 to set up a last-eight match with Rivals England, who finished second in Pool D, at 8.28pm tonight (NZ time).
In their final pool match, New Zealand went out to a 10-0 lead over Canada behind tries from Honey Hireme and Kayla McAlister, before Portia Woodman sealed the win with her fifth and sixth touchdowns of the day.
Earlier, Woodman scored a hat-trick of tries against the Netherlands as New Zealand continued their strong start. She also scored one of New Zealand's six tries in the win over Tunisia.
Having thumped Tunisia 36-0 in their opening pool match, the Kiwis were even more impressive in their second outing against the Netherlands. They ran in seven tries in a 41-0 win that put them within reach of the quarter-finals.
Dutch coach Gareth Gilbert summed up the match: "We are very disappointed but we knew this pool was difficult. I thought New Zealand were outstanding but 41-0 is not acceptable for us. We were chasing shadows at the end.".
NEW ZEALAND RESULTS
New Zealand 20 (Portia Woodman 2, Honey Hireme, Kayla McAlister tries) Canada 5 (Mandy Marchak try). HT: 10-5
New Zealand 41 (Portia Woodman 3, Kelly Brazier 2, Huriana Manuel, Sarah Goss tries; Brazier con, Tyla Nathan-Wong 2 con) Netherlands 0. HT: 17-0
New Zealand 36 (Huriana Manuel 2, Renee Wickliffe, Honey Hireme, Portia Woodman, Sarah Goss tries; Selica Winiata con, Tyla Nathan-Wong 2 con) Tunisia 0. HT: 17-0
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