• The Australia team celebrate winning the cup after defeating New Zealand at the Women's 2016 USA Sevens Rugby Tournament in Kennesaw, Georgia on April 9, 2016. (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Australia have beaten New Zealand in the final of the Atlanta Sevens to move a step closer to an historic World Series win.
Sarah Leach

10 Apr 2016 - 2:36 PM  UPDATED 10 Apr 2016 - 2:39 PM

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.

"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."

Emma Tonegato named MVP

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.

Three Aussies named in Dream Team

And, Charlie Caslick Player of the final!

World Series progressive points tally

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.

Champion support for a champion team

Yes, they have cracked North America!

Aussie Sevens ready to face North American nemesis
Aussie Sevens ready to face a North American nemesis
After a disappointing fifth and seventh at last year's Atlanta and Canada back-to-back tournaments, rounds three and four on the world series calendar, the challenge is to bury the demons and come away with top placings in a bid towards a world series title in 2016.