Black Ferns Sevens on track for overall crown

World Rugby     25 Jun 2017     World Rugby

The team needs to finish seventh or higher in France to claim the overall title, which means a victory in the quarterfinal over Fiji will secure the overall series crown along with a spot in the semifinals.

Drawn in a tricky pool with Japan, Ireland and USA, the Black Ferns Sevens were made to work hard for the first win of the day against Japan.

The Black Ferns Sevens crossed for tries to Tyla Nathan-Wong, Niall Williams and Ruby Tui in the 21-10 win but were tested by a Japanese side that was full of running.

The second win was much more convincing against Ireland. Michaela Blyde bagged a double to continue her prolific try-scoring form this year as the Black Ferns Sevens powered to a 26-5 victory over Ireland.

The final game of the day against USA was set to decide who topped Pool A. And the clash of the two unbeaten sides in Pool A didn’t disappoint as New Zealand clung onto a 19-14 win over a fast-finishing USA-side.

The win qualified New Zealand for a quarterfinal showdown with a Fiji-side that scraped through courtesy of an impressive 45-7 win over Spain in pool play.

Elsewhere on day one, Canada and Australia went unbeaten in Pool B and C respectively to qualify for the Cup quarterfinal stage.

The Black Ferns Sevens will face Fiji in the Cup quarterfinal at 11.06pm (NZT) on Sunday. Tune into SKY Sport channel 56 for LIVE coverage of the semifinals and final from 3.30am (NZT) Monday.