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Black Ferns Sevens claim Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship

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allblacks.com     11 Nov 2017     Getty Images

After going unbeaten on day one, the Black Ferns Sevens took out Fiji 24-0 early on day one to set up a final with rivals Australia. 

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In a tense encounter against the reigning Olympic champions, the Black Ferns got home 12-5 to lift the crown.

Portia Woodman was at her prolific try-scoring best with a tournament-leading seven tries across the two days play in Fiji.

The All Blacks Sevens also went unbeaten on day one and picked up a big win over American Samoa early on day two to set up a final against hosts Fiji.
The home-side were too strong in front of their passionate home crowd, running away to a 26-0 win over New Zealand to clinch the men’s title.

Regan Ware finished as the leading try-scorer for the All Blacks Sevens with three tries in the tournament.

Papua New Guinea was the other big winner at the tournament with its Men’s side qualifying for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the HSBC Sevens World Series and for the Sevens Rugby World Cup. Papua New Guinea’s women’s team also had cause to celebrate by also qualifying for the Sevens Rugby World Cup.

The Black Ferns Sevens and All Blacks Sevens will next be in action at the Dubai Sevens from 30 November-2 December.