Tyla Nathan-Wong: New Zealand beat Australia to win China 7s
April 9, 2014
New Zealand have moved to top spot on the IRB Women's Sevens World Series after claiming victory at the China Sevens in Guangzhou on Sunday.
In the pouring rain and difficult conditions in south east China, the "Sistas" defeated Australia 26-12 in another great battle between the two rivals.
It means New Zealand now go top of the Series standings, with just one round left to play next month in Amsterdam.
New Zealand had a point to prove following the last round in Brazil, when Australia beat them easily in the final.
Captain Huriana Manuel was delighted with the win, after defeating France and Fiji on the way to the final.
"I'm so proud of the girls. We worked so hard and the conditions were really tough out there."
"We really wanted to work on our defense this weekend because we weren't happy with it after Brazil. It worked well. Onto the next tournament now," added the captain.
Canada finished the tournament in third place after beating Fiji in the final, Jen Kish's team beating a side that surprised many this weekend with wins over England and Russia.
Ireland beat hosts China to win the bowl final while England claimed the plate final at the University Town Stadium, easily beating France.
New Zealand's Portia Woodman claimed an IRB Women's Sevens World Series record this weekend, when she became the first player to score 12 tries in one round of the Series. The record was previously held by her team-mate Kayla McAlister.
The core teams now have a break until next month in Amsterdam, where a Series champion will be crowned.