Sizzling Portia Woodman helps NZ Women's Sevens crush spirited Russia to claim fourth title




Portia Woodman and Kayla McAlister starred for New Zealand Women's Sevens team which dominated a spirited Russian side in the Cup final in Canada to secure their fourth title of the year.

New Zealand surged their way past England in the semi-finals winning 24-14 and took on Russia who were making their first ever appearance in the Cup final.

New Zealand's Woodman opened up the scoring showing some great speed and skill attacking from inside her own 22 to open up her final's scoring account.

Woodman didn't have to wait long to score her second as she linked up with her team mate McAlister to score in the corner.

Russia's Nadezda Kudinova made a fantastic break around halfway as she weaved her way through New Zealand's defence, but her effort wasn't good enough as she came up short ten metres out from the try line.

Last year's Player of the Year McAlister scored New Zealand's third try showing pure speed to score out wide.

Russia showed heart with Ekaterina Kazakova scoring right on the hooter signalling halftime from a wonderful short ball by Kudinova.

New Zealand went into the break with a comfortable lead 19-5.

Honey Hireme sparked New Zealand's attack in the beginning of the second half to score in the corner.

Russia's Kazakova denied Woodman what would have been her third try with an impeccable try saving tackle in the sixth minute.

Carla Hohepa got in on the scoring action as a mistake by Russia inside their own in goal gifted Hohepa a simple try.

Russia's Ekaterina bagged her double from long range splitting New Zealand's defence with amazing footwork.

New Zealand's skill, pace and power proved to be too much for the inexperienced Russian finalists as they won their fourth final of the year 29-10.

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