New Zealand claimed the first round of the World Rugby Women’s Seven Series after beating Australia in a classic final match in Dubai. A last minute winner from inspirational captain Sarah Goss saw the Kiwis clinch the win from their rivals, who had impressed throughout the two-day tournament.
In front of a packed house in Dubai, Australia streaked 17 points ahead but, in a role reversal from last year’s final where the Australian girls came back from a massive deficit, New Zealand battled hard and claimed the victory, 19-17.
Canada finished third in the standings after beating France in extra time in their 3rd/4th place play-off.
The Plate final was won by England in a fantastic match against Fiji, which also went to additional time.
Source: World Rugby
Final scores were as follows:
Cup Final: Australia v New Zealand 17 – 19
3rd Place Play Off: Canada v France 10 – 7
Plate Final: Fiji v England 12 – 19
Bowl Final: South Africa v Brazil 7 – 17
7th Place Play Off: USA v Russia 22 – 20
11th Place Play Off: China v Spain 5 – 28
The World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series moves to Sao Paulo, Brazil on it’s next stop in February.