Tyla Nathan-Wong helps New Zealand beat Canada to win Atlanta Sevens
February 20, 2014
After tasting defeat in the last round in Dubai, New Zealand got back to winning ways, claiming the second round of the IRB Women's Sevens World Series in Atlanta.
Sean Horan's girls swept Canada aside on the final match of day two at Kennesaw State University.
The girls in black beat Japan and Russia on their way to the final, where they kept Canada scoreless, to win 36-0.Australia, who won the opening round of the IRB Women's Sevens World Series in Dubai last November, claimed third spot in the tournament after defeating Russia.The Plate final was won by USA after an exciting encounter against Spain, while Netherlands claimed the Bowl with a defeat of China.CLICK
New Zealand's Sarah Goss was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the #Atlanta7s tournament, although USA rookie Jessica Javelette hit the headlines on native soil after she scored an amazing seven tries - only weeks after taking up Rugby as a sport!
Speaking after the game to IRB.com, coach Sean Horan was delighted with the win."The way the girls performed was pretty outstanding. We're building, we're getting better and we still believe in ourselves, in fact we probably focus more on ourselves than others."
"It's about getting the body and the mind right. You want to peak on the second day of the tournament and that's what we did. I'm happy with our performance."
But there won't be too much celebrating for any of the winners in Atlanta - eleven of the twelve sides now travel on to Sao Paulo in Brazil for Round 3 of the Series, which kicks off on Friday.The draw for the next round in Brazil will be announced on Monday.