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The little southern country of New Zealand rode roughshod over the giants of the North in China, Russia, and Canada to win the Atlanta 7s Sunday, capping off a big Day Two with a 36-0 shutout of the Canadians in the final.
Selica Winiata, who might have thought she was back in her old stomping grounds of Minnesota given the snow that hit Georgia earlier in the week, paced the Silver Ferns Sevens with two tries, while Michaela Blyde, Portia Woodman, Kayla McAllister, and Gayle Broughton all touched down in the championship game.
Australia beat Russia 22-12 to take third, but perhaps the surprise of the day was the USA. After putting in a creditable performance against Canada, who led only 14-12 at halftime en route to a 26-12 victory, the Eagles upset England 19-5 in their most physical and confident performance of the season.
England were a little down having let their quarterfinal match against Australia slip through their fingers - passing up a penalty goal opportunity that would have won the game, and then losing in OT.
Jessica Javelet scored all three USA tries in the game, and that result put them into the Plate Final against Spain. The Spanish had shut out Japan in the Plate semis, but had all sorts of trouble against the USA in the final.
Four different Eagles scored tries as the Americans shut out the Spaniards 22-0.
The Netherlands defeated China to take the Bowl.
Hammered by horrible weather, the Atlanta 7s was sparsely attended. It was snowy and cold all week and the weekend had no snow, but was still cold. According to USA Rugby, the attendance for Saturday was 1,600, although it was rare to see more than a few hundred in the stands at any one time.
So the placements from Atlanta look like this:
1. New Zealand
With two tournaments done on the Women’s World Series, the standings look as follows:
1. New Zealand 38
2. Australia 36
3. Canada 32
4. Russia 30
5. Tied: England, Spain, USA 20
8. Brazil 8
9. Japan 6
10. Tied: Fiji, Netherlands 4
12. Tied: China, France, Ireland 3
15. Tunisia 1
Top Try-Scorers Atlanta
1. Baizat Khamidova, Russia, 8
2. Jessica Javelet, USA, 7
Natasha Brennan, England, 7
4. Bianca Farella, Canada, 6