Australia's Sevens team had to settle for a silver medal in the Langford 7s World Series tournament this morning after a record loss to New Zealand.
Australia, who beat New Zealand 31-0 at the Sydney 7s tournament, suffered a 46-0 defeat.
New Zealand drew first blood in the final as Portia Woodman found space off a Ruby Tui pass to score in the third minute. From there, the Kiwi's dominated with Tui and Kelly Brazier adding to the scoreboard before Woodman added her second just before half-time.
New Zealand continued from where they left off with Niall Williams adding another try just after halftime. An Australia comeback was not on the cards, unable to hang onto the ball for more than two or three phases.
The Kiwis sealed the gold medal as Sarah Goss taking a quick tap over the line before Brazier scored on full-time.
“We were really disappointed after the final,” Australian coach John Manenti told Rugby.com.au.
“We made lots of good gains through the weekend and played,for most of the tournament, really well.
“It was disappointing to have an under-par performance in the final but I don’t think it suggests where New Zealand is compared to we are.
“I think the penalty count was heavily in their favour, I’m not saying they weren’t justified at times, it’s just sometimes you get those 50/50 calls that go your way and you get that flow, we just didn’t get many of those,” he said.
The Aussies were without Ellia Green, Sharni Williams and Alicia Quirk who are still battling injury while Evania Pelite and Emilee Cherry battled illness throughout the tournament.
Australia still a four point hold a World Series lead heading into the final leg in Paris next month.