New Zealand try-scoring sensation denies Australia again
|01/07/2018||Posted by admin under 南京夜网||
Denied again: Chloe Dalton of Australia runs to score a try during semi-final against Canada but for the second successive tournament they lost the final to New Zealand. Photo: Nelson AlmeidaAuckland winger Portia Woodman was irresistible in the New Zealand women’s sevens team jersey on Sunday, scoring a double in the Brazil Sevens final to set up a 17-10 win over Australia.
Her second try of the match with two minutes remaining came out of nowhere, rounding defender Ellia Green inside her own 22m line then sprinting 70m for the score.
It gave New Zealand the 17-10 lead, and their second title of the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series season.
After scoring 10 tries on the opening day in Sao Paulo, Woodman was largely kept in check on finals day.
But when she was needed most, Woodman stepped up, claiming her 11th, 12th and 13th tries of the tournament, setting a new women’s world series record.
With her 13th try, Woodman broke her previous record of 12 tries in a tournament. The final was a defensive battle as both sides looked to shut down the exciting backs that can cause so much havoc.
Woodman was a primary focus for the Australian defence who allowed her little time when the ball eventually came her way.
Captain Sarah Goss had to make a try saving tackle early on, stopping Alicia Quirk as she went for the corner.
New Zealand broke the deadlock midway through the first half when Woodman finally found some space down the flank.
When she was caught and pulled down, New Zealand spread the ball wide and found Charlotte Scanlan on the wing, and the former Kiwi Fern dotted down in the corner.
That try seemed to spark New Zealand to kick onto another gear, and their energy and patience with the ball was starting to test Australia.
It paid off after the first half hooter sounded when Woodman spun around her defender and sprinted home for her 12th try of the tournament. Australian coach Tim Walsh told his team “the game will turn” at halftime, and so it did immediately after the break.
Charlotte Caslick finished strong on the wing to reduce the gap to only five points with seven minutes remaining, and then Australian star Emilee Cherry was put into space for the game tying try moments later.
Chloe Dalton’s conversion – which would have handed Australia the lead – cannoned off the post, adding to the tension of the final.
But then the hero of the weekend stepped up – again.
Woodman collected the ball inside her 22m line, rounded Green and then sprinted 70m for the match-winning try.
New Zealand have won the opening two tournaments of the 2014-15 world series, in Dubai and Sao Paulo, and are well on track to gaining Olympic qualification.
They’re also well on track to winning their third consecutive world series title.
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