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Black Ferns gain Sevens revenge in Dubai

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3 days ago

The Black Ferns celebrate after winning the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in Dubai. © AFP Photo The Black Ferns celebrate after winning the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in Dubai. The Australian women's rugby sevens side fell to New Zealand in the final in Dubai.

While it was a great day for Australia's men who remain undefeated, the women fell at the final hurdle, losing the final 17-5 to New Zealand.

Portia Woodman got things going for the Black Ferns burning the cover defence on the outside to give New Zealand a 5-0 lead from which they never looked back.

They extended their lead to 12-0 just before the break and as Australia made errors managed to run out the game 17-5 winners.

The New Zealanders ran in seven unanswered tries against South Africa with Portia Woodman picking up a hat-trick. © ALESSANDRO BIANCHI / REUTERS The New Zealanders ran in seven unanswered tries against South Africa with Portia Woodman picking up a hat-trick. Earlier, the Black Ferns thumped South Africa 39-0 in the Dubai sevens women's quarter-finals to set up a semi-final clash with Russia.

The New Zealanders ran in seven unanswered tries, Portia Woodman and Michaela Blyde both picking up hat-tricks, with Sarah Goss completing the tally.

Russia edged Canada 17-7 in their quarter-final, while Olympic champions Australia overwhelmed France 42-0 to set up a semi-final against England, who edged Fiji 19-17.

The Kiwis were missing Niall Williams and Tenika Willison with head knocks from pool play, while Shakira Baker was sidelined with a knee injury.

The Black Ferns Sevens had earlier topped pool B after downing Ireland 27-5, Fiji 19-10 and France 31-0, Blyde leading the way with five tries.

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