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Aussie women win Atlanta Sevens

  • Aussie women win Atlanta Sevens

    GUANGZHOU, CHINA - APRIL 05: Team coach Tim Walsh of Australia speak during the day one of IRB Women's Sevens World Series match between Australia and Ireland on April 5, 2014 in Guangzhou, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

The Australian women's sevens team have moved a step closer to claiming a first World Series crown with a 24-19 over New Zealand in the final of the Atlanta leg of the competition.

Australia lead the series with just two rounds remaining, picking up 20 competition points for the win in the US.

The victory over the Kiwis followed 26-14 victory over Canada in the semi-finals and a 22-5 quarter-final win over the USA.

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"I'm so proud of the team and with our experienced players who played a lot of minutes," said coach Tim Walsh.

"They had to find ways to adapt their game, particularly today, with the amount of time they were on the pitch."

Outside back Emma Tonegato was named player of the tournament in Atlanta after racking up 10 tries.

"Emma was absolutely world class in this tournament. She was packing in scrums, she was out on the wing ... she demonstrated an array of skills and is a valued member of this squad," Walsh said.

Australia sit atop the ladder on 60 points, 14 clear of New Zealand with Canada a further four behind.

The fourth leg of the series heads north to Langford in Canada next weekend with Walsh set to name his 12-strong squad on Tuesday.

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