New Zealand romp home against Canada
New Zealand have romped home in the Atlanta Sevens final, destroying Canada 36-0 in a lop-sided Cup final.
The women went through the tournament unbeaten, and saw the final capped by two stunning late tries to teenage Taranaki duo Gayle Broughton and Michaela Blyde.
Manawatu’s Selica Winiata opened the scoring after two minutes, dotting down in the corner following a set scrum move.
Kayla McAlister added to the lead five minutes later, streaking up the left wing and beating the chasing defenders to the line.
Up 10-0 at the break, New Zealand put their foot on the throttle after halftime, having coughed up a large halftime lead in the Dubai final in losing to Australia.
This time Winiata added to New Zealand’s tally a minute into the second spell to extend the lead to 15, before McAlister was taken off with a bleeding nose.
On came 17-year-old Gayle Broughton, who made an immediate impact with a lovely wide pass to Portia Woodman, who sprinted past the Canadian defence for her teams fourth try.
Broughton was in the action again two minutes later, stepping past two stagnant defenders, before freeing Taranaki teammate Michaela Blyde for a try under the posts.
She added the icing to the cake after the final hooter sounded, stepping through the Canadian defence one last time before scoring herself.
Canada has struggled to keep possession during the match, and paid as New Zealand over ran them with their pace and skill.
The women earlier hammered Japan 42-0 in the quarterfinal match-up, before easing past Russia 24-7 in the semifinal.
McAlister got New Zealand off to a fast start against Russia, scoring in the second minute, before Carla Hohepa added a second try two minutes later.
McAlister was in again after the halftime siren had sounded, handing the Kiwis a 17-0 lead at the break.
Russia struck back in the second half, with Nadezda Kudinova scoring and converting her try with less than two minutes left in the game.
Baizat Khamidova was then sent to the sinbin for Russia after the final hooter, and Broughton made them pay with a try from the penalty, which was converted by Winiata.
Canada overcame World Series leaders Australia 17-7 in the other semifinal, with Kayla Moleschi, Kelly Russell and Ashley Steacy scoring tries.
It was the third in four tournaments where New Zealand had faced Canada in the Cup final.
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