Portia Woodman was named HSBC Player of the Final after a two-try haul in New Zealand’s record-breaking 46-0 defeat of Australia in the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens final in Langford.
The Black Ferns flyer opened the scoring with a trademark try, running around the Australian defence to touch down, and then hurdled a desperate tackle attempt to run in her side's fourth try on the stroke of half-time to take her tally to seven for the tournament, one behind Canada's Bianca Farella.
Woodman, who boasts a strike rate of 6.59 tries per tournament – better than any current player on the men's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, has now crossed for 36 tries in the 2018 series with New Zealand trailing Australia by four points going into the finale in Paris.
It wasn't just the potency of a Black Ferns attack featuring Woodman, Michaela Blyde, Niall Williams, Ruby Tui and captain Sarah Goss among others that proved too hot for Australia to handle, but also the ferociousness of their defence with the Olympic champions unable to find a way through the black wall.
"Possession was key," admitted Woodman after the final. "We always knew throughout this whole tournament we haven't had much possession going into any game, so heading into Australia we knew if we held on to it we were more likely to score tries.
"Australia is such a good team when they get us running so the idea was just to shut down their space and not give them time to run.
"Whenever we go out on the field we want to give our best effort, but I think a lot of the girls are thinking in the long run that we have got to put in a big performance (to keep the title race alive)."
New Zealand now trail Australia by four points with only one round remaining, in Paris on 8-10 June, after an incredible month that has seen them claim Commonwealth Games gold as well as series titles in Kitakyushu and Langford.
"It has been a phenomenal last month. We have put in a lot of work over the last month and probably having that time together has been the best thing for us.
"We enjoy each other's company off the field which makes it a lot better when you are on the field. When you love having fun together and love being together outside of the training field, when you get on the field it just happens easily."