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The NZ Women's team, leading the IRB Women's World Sevens Series after taking out the first leg in Dubai, came up against Trinidad and Tobago in their first match in Houston.
Honey Hireme scored two quick tries to set up a 17-0 halftime lead before a rampant second half with tries from Kayla McAlister, Kendra Cocksedge and Shakira Baker saw a 50-0 scoreline posted.
Trinidad & Tobago coach Kitty Andrews-Nero took plenty from the match.
"It is an honour for us to play alongside teams like New Zealand...and we set ourselves very small goals which we have met.
"We feel like overall we are learning a lot. People probably can’t comprehend our story and how small a sport this is for us at home but the girls are learning so much that we want to take this back home and use it to grow the game. We are here and we want more. We need to be playing at this level to so we get an idea of what it really takes."
In their second match against the Netherlands, an early try from McAlister saw the New Zealand Women into the lead, before the Dutch hit back with a brilliant try to Van Rossum.
The two teams traded tries again, before Sarah Goss scored to give the New Zealand Women a 21-14 halftime lead, before
However the class of the Kiwi ladies showed with a flawless second half, keeping the Netherlands scoreless before winning 35-14.
Against England Natasha Hunt scored first for the Red Rose Women, and then led by English enforcer Heather Fisher, proceeded to shut down the New Zealand Women.
A wonderful game ended with the English defence not yielding to wave after wave of Kiwi attacks, although the New Zealand Women did score a consolation try at fulltime.
The BVVA Compass Stadium, which hosts this tournament, has a capacity of 22,000 and is located in Downtown Houston.
A festive atmosphere was to be had on the historic first day.
The state-of-the-art stadium opened in May 2012 and it hosts Major League Soccer side the Houston Dynamos. Texas Southern University also play some football there. This isn’t the first time rugby has been played at the ground, with last year USA faced Italy here in front of 17,214, a record for a USA match played on American soil!
The IRB will confirm the final's fixtures in the coming hours.
Full list of Day One Results
18. 01 Feb 2013 - 20:22 South Africa 14 - 24 Canada Pool B
17. 01 Feb 2013 - 20:00 United States 41 - 0 Argentina Pool B
16. 01 Feb 2013 - 19:38 New Zealand 5 - 7 England Pool A
15. 01 Feb 2013 - 19:16 Netherlands 38 - 5 Trinidad Tobago Pool A
14. 01 Feb 2013 - 18:54 Australia 15 - 10 Russia Pool C
13. 01 Feb 2013 - 18:32 Brazil 12 - 17 Japan Pool C
12. 01 Feb 2013 - 17:38 Canada 31 - 0 Argentina Pool B
11. 01 Feb 2013 - 17:16 South Africa 19 - 22 United States Pool B
10. 01 Feb 2013 - 16:54 England 48 - 0 Trinidad Tobago Pool A
9. 01 Feb 2013 - 16:32 New Zealand 35 - 14 Netherlands Pool A
8. 01 Feb 2013 - 16:10 Russia 24 - 5 Japan Pool C
7. 01 Feb 2013 - 15:48 Australia 22 - 0 Brazil Pool C
6. 01 Feb 2013 - 14:54 Canada 12 - 12 United States Pool B
5. 01 Feb 2013 - 14:32 South Africa 27 - 0 Argentina Pool B
4. 01 Feb 2013 - 14:10 England 17 - 7 Netherlands Pool A
3. 01 Feb 2013 - 13:48 New Zealand 50 - 0 Trinidad Tobago Pool A
2. 01 Feb 2013 - 13:26 Russia 27 - 0 Brazil Pool C
1. 01 Feb 2013 - 13:04 Australia 31 - 12 Japan Pool C