Wednesday, 16 October, 2019

Sydney Sevens: New Zealand strikes twice, US claims fourth straight silver

Ruby Tui arrives a split second too late to prevent England's Helena Rowland from scoring a try in Hamilton ANTHONY AU-YEUNG GETTY IMAGESRuby Tui arrives a split second too late to prevent England's Helena Rowland from scoring a try in Hamilton
Shannon Reynolds | 05 February, 2019, 22:51

The women were just as commanding in their final, with their win a sweet revenge after they were crushed 31-0 by the Australians in the Sydney final past year.

New Zealand won gold in both the men's and women's tournaments.

The U.S. and New Zealand are level on points with 57 points each, with New Zealand third on 54, after three rounds.

"You don't want to be chasing the game against them too much and unfortunately, during that yellow card, they scored two tries while that happened", coach John Manenti said.

Kenya on Sunday failed to qualify for 13th place, the lowest ranking matches, when they were upset by Tonga despite tries from skipper Jacob Ojee, Eliakim Kichoi and Vincent Onyala.John Tapueluelu landed a brace of tries for Tonga with the two teams tying 10-10 at the drinks.

Head of England Sevens Simon Amor said: "I'm really pleased with the effort from the boys, not just over the course of the weekend where they really fought hard for each other, but also during the week leading up to Sydney".

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Kenya kicked off the Sydney campaign with a 24-14 defeat to Canada before going down 41-0 to former Kenya 7s coach Mike Friday's United States of America and eventually 40-17 to France in the last pool match.

New Zealand's win capped a ideal year for the women's world champions, whose last loss came against Australia more than 12 months ago in the previous Sydney final.

The win set up a repeat Final showdown against Australia, the teams meeting in the Sydney Sevens decider a year ago which is the last match that the Black Ferns Sevens tasted defeat.

In her debut tournament with the Women's Eagles Sevens, Kirshe, a former soccer player for Williams College, scored five tries over three days of play in Australia.

The Blitzboks were eliminated from the cup competition in the quarterfinals by bogey team England, who went on to claim third spot. Victories in Glendale, Dubai, and Sydney put them 12 points clear of second-place USA.

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