Black Ferns Sevens face England for second time in Canada

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Lynn McConnell     13 May 2018     Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

New Zealand beat England 22-0 in pool play but England qualified for the quarterfinals as a consequence of being one of the best third-placed teams.


In the other quarterfinals France will play Ireland, Australia will play Fiji and the United States will play Canada.

Fiji set the pace in New Zealand's last game of the day, scoring in the opening minute through Luisa Basei Tisolo.

She ran a fine line to slice through the Black Ferns' defence to score.

However, the New Zealanders applied their power game before releasing the ball to Niall Williams who levelled the scores in the third minute and then Williams got out of some heavy defence deep in the New Zealand half before getting the ball to Michaela Blyde who ran 70m to score just before halftime.

Fiji poured the pressure on in the second half in their attempt to beat the Black Ferns for the first time but the New Zealand defences held for the win.

Earlier, a tough game against England was anticipated but Blyde had too much pace when receiving the ball in her own half to head downfield before cutting back to score between the posts three minutes into the game.
Just before halftime Tyla Nathan Wong gave the New Zealand a decisive boost when running in from her own half to secure a 12-0 lead.

By pinning England deep in their own territory New Zealand forced England to attempt to run the ball out and with so much aerial play Williams picked off an intercept to take New Zealand to a 17-0 lead.

When England tried to contain the New Zealanders, they concentrated their defensive forces on Kelly Brazier and when she was able to release the ball Blyde had too much speed to miss out on the chance to end the game with another try.

Starting their tournament against Brazil, New Zealand made a powerful impression with strong defence and after Portia Woodman scored the opening try, a quick double saw Blyde score and then from the restart Blyde ran the ball at Brazil and passed on to Williams to score. Williams scored again towards the end of the half but before the hooter went Woodman made a telling break before unleashing a pass in the tackle for Ruby Tui to cross. New Zealand led 29-0 at halftime.

Blyde scored again before Sarah Goss, Theresa Fitzpatrick and Kelly Brazier added to the scorecard for a 51-0 win.

The Black Ferns Sevens meet England in the Cup quarterfinal at 5.26am Monday NZT. Tune into SKY GO pop-up to watch live.