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The big story out of Langford, British Columbia this past weekend was the rout, the thrashing, the whitewash by New Zealand Women against Australia in the gold medal sevens match: 47-0. This game represented the thirteenth occasion that these two dominant sevens programs met in a final since the inception of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens series.

After the Kiwis trailed the USA 10-7 in the first half of the semifinal round, they tallied 73 points without ceding another point, a testament to outstanding defense.

The All Black win, their second in a row of the four series to date, vaulted them into first place in the 2017/2018 standings. Data follow:

  1. NZ                     74
  2. Australia         70
  3. France              54
  4. USA                  44
  5. Canada           44
  6. Russia              43
  7. Spain                35

The USA showed spark and spunk in their 4-2 Canadian event result. Tries, and plenty of them came from many players, although Tapper led the team in scores, and notched her fiftieth.

Also, Heavirland and Kelter were near perfect in their conversions. One conversion spelled the difference in winning against Canada in the quarter finals 28-26.

The final tournament of the season will be in Paris on June 8,9, and 10. Realistically, for the USA, a good outcome would secure fourth place in the standings, a good stepping off point for the World Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco July 20-22.