New Zealand have managed to edged out Australia 21-14 in the final to win the Toulouse leg of the Women's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
Australia had already won the 2022 series even before the Toulouse leg and now have 80 points following the final leg with France, Fiji and Ireland at second, third and fourth respectively with 60 points.
New Zealand, who won the first title since Sydney in 2020 had to settle for fifth place with 57 points.
Demi Hayes scored an early try and Dominique du Toit converted to make it 7-0 to Australia before Risi Pouri-Lane bagged a seven pointer for New Zealand to level things up. Faith Nathan’s try, converted by du Toit, just before the break, put Australia 14-7 up.
Soon after half-time the score was level at 14-14 as Alena Saili finished well and Pouri-Lane added the conversion. And then came Kelly Brazier’s try, converted by Pouri-Lane, with two minutes to go to give New Zealand a hard fought 21-14 triumph.
Earlier, New Zealand defeated Brazil and France in the knock out stages to reach the final while Australia had victories over USA and Ireland.