Sevens Sisters on track in Sao Paulo

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Lynn McConnell     08 Feb 2015     Getty Images

They will replay the United States, who they beat on the first day 35-12, in the quarter-finals on Monday morning (NZT).

Leading rivals Australia, conceded only one try on the opening day and will play England in the quarter-finals while Brazil will meet France and Canada will play Russia.

Coach Sean Horan was delighted with the last of the side's wins, 54-0 over France, and said it was one of the best performances they have had in the last two years and had been reflective of the day overall when they also beat the Spain 36-7.

"We grew into the day. What was satisfying was that we played well all over, as a team and we didn't rely on one or two individuals. We achieved our core roles up front and were patient. When we didn't have the ball we put pressure on them," he said.

There was a moment against Spain when he was concerned at the loss of focus.

"We had completed a fine first six minutes and then became indecisive and went to sleep and Spain sneaked in for a try. I reminded them at the break that we demand high standards and we need to go and get them.

"We do not wait for them, we make it happen," he said.

Portia Woodman who passed 50 tries in Sevens tournaments, touched down five times in the win over France and ended the day with 10 tries

However, the side lost talented 18-year-old Gayle Broughton moments after she completed a stunning individual try in the last minute of the 36-7 win over Spain, the second game of the day. She floored the Spanish defence with some dazzling footwork only to be tackled in the in-goal area causing a high ankle sprain ruling her out of the rest of the tournament.

The return of experienced players had been valuable, he said.

The competition that created between Selica Winiata and Tyla Nathan-Wong in the halves was great while Kayla McAlister had shown why she was a special player who brought a lot to the side, he said.

"It was great to have them all back. Newcomer Charlotte Scanlan didn't play the first game but helped lay the foundation up front against France and we were able to be pretty physical and pretty aggressive," he said.

Captain Sarah Goss said she was delighted with the first day showing.

"We've been able to play some games in New Zealand [the national sevens] which we don't get to do a lot, and then coming here, getting used to the heat has been awesome for us, instead of Atlanta when it snows.

"We lost to Australia last year and we're trying to redeem ourselves and we're always out to win," she said.

In other games Brazil provided an upset when beating Fiji, who are playing on the circuit for the first time this year, 26-14 while England drew with Russia 17-17


New Zealand 35 (Gayle Broughton, Kayla McAlister, Hazel Tubic, Portia Woodman 2 tries; Tyla Nathan-Wong 4, Selica Winiata con) USA 12 (Kathryn Johnson, Kristen Thomas tries; Johnson con). HT: 14-5

New Zealand 36 (Kelly Brazier, Gaylor Broughton, Selica Winiata, Portia Woodman 3 tries; Winiata 3 con) Spain 7 (Barbara Pla try; Patricia Garcia con). HT: 17-7

New Zealand 54 (Kelly Brazier, Hazel Tubic, Selica Winiata, Portia Woodman 5 tries; Tyla Nathan-Wong 7 con) France 0. HT: 26-0