New Zealand emerge victorious in Paris but Australia claim HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series title

New Zealand Women's team celebrating their win in Paris
New Zealand Women's team celebrating their win in Paris
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New Zealand 7s 33-7 Australia 7s

New Zealand dominated the final of the Paris Sevens with a 33-7 win in the final but it was Australia, who went on to clinch the Women's World Rugby Sevens Series 2018.

Despite the defeat in the final, Australia had 92 points while New Zealand managed to finish with 90 points with France claiming the Bronze medal after securing 68 points.

New Zealand had a 26-0 lead by half-time and it got only better Michaela Blyde (0' and 9'), Portia Woodman (5' and 47') and HSBC Player of the Final Sarah Goss (3') scoring tries while the only response from Australia came from a second half try from Evania Pelite and a conversion from Lauren Brown.

New Zealand captain Sarah Goss also got on the scoresheet and was named HSBC Player of the Final: “I’m so happy with how we’ve gone in this tournament. It was amazing, especially heading in to the World Cup to keep building momentum. We were a little bit disappointed that we couldn’t win the series but I’m really proud of how the girls have finished off the series. We’ll be going home and working on our preparations for the World Cup in San Francisco because it’s going to be a big one.”

New Zealand had a dominating display in quarter-final and semi-final as well when they defeated Spain and Canada 38-0 and 34-7 respectively.

Meanwhile, Challenge final was won by Ireland as they defeated Russia 10-5 in the final.