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Black Ferns Sevens break records in Canada

Andy Burt     14 May 2018    

Both teams went into the final as the only unbeaten teams in the tournament, but there was only one team in the contest as the Black Ferns Sevens laid on one of their all-time great performances to consign Australia to their heaviest ever loss. 

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Australia barely got their hands on the ball during the entire 14 minutes as the relentless Black Ferns Sevens produced wave after wave of searing attack and hard ball-running to keep Australia on the back foot.

It was fitting that prolific try scorer Portia Woodman opened the scoring in the opening minute with a trademark run down the short-side. From there it was all one-way traffic as New Zealand added another seven tries to complete the record rout.

Although Portia Woodman picked up the Player of the Final award for her two-try effort, the accolade could have really gone to any of the 12 players such was the all-round dominance of the New Zealand side.
The ruthless nature of the victory was particularly impressive. Tries were scored after the hooter in both the first and second halves to show that this side will never let their tempo drop.

Black Ferns Sevens captain Sarah Goss was full of praise for her side after the victory: “Really proud of the girls, we put in a lot of effort. We’ve obviously been on the road for a long time so really stoked with the result and happy to be heading back for some recovery. Extremely proud, credit to Australia as they are an amazing team. We love playing them and it just shows how amazing women’s rugby is at the moment.”

The Black Ferns Sevens now have three weeks to recover before the final tournament of the season in Paris on 8-10 June. With Australia’s lead over New Zealand now reduced to just four points, the Black Ferns Sevens have the chance to complete a remarkable turnaround after Australia took out the first two tournaments in Dubai and Sydney.