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Black Ferns Sevens cruise through day one

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allblacks.com     26 Jan 2018     Getty Images

After a fifth-place finish in the previous tournament held in Dubai, the Alan Bunting-coached side wanted to make a statement on day one and did just that with big wins over Japan, England and USA. 

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The side now face Ireland in a crunch quarterfinal on day two.

The day started in impressive fashion with the Black Ferns Sevens taking just 50 seconds to score their first try against Japan. From there the tries kept coming as the Black Ferns Sevens surged to a 48-7 win with Portia Woodman crossing for four tries.

It wasn’t all one way traffic though, with Japan scoring a stunning try that started deep in their own half to show that they will be a threat with ball in hand as the world series progresses.

England were always going to provide a stiffer challenge than Japan and the Black Ferns Sevens were made to work hard for their victory.
Prolific try-scorers Portia Woodman and Michaela Blyde both crossed for tries in the first half to give the Black Ferns Sevens a 14-0 lead and England couldn’t recover as the team in black went onto win 33-10. Woodman completed a hat-trick in the second half to go with her earlier four tries against Japan.

The Black Ferns completed their unbeaten day with a 31-0 win over USA to confirm top place in Pool B and a quarterfinal showdown with Ireland.

The All Blacks Sevens were also in action on day one in Sydney with a clash against Russia to round out the day. The All Blacks Sevens were in dominant form in storming to a 61-0 win.

The Black Ferns Sevens will play their quarterfinal against Ireland at 2.28pm NZT while the All Blacks Sevens will take on Samoa at 6.31pm and Fiji at 9.42pm.

Watch all the action live on Sky Sport popup channel 56.