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Black Ferns Sevens unbeaten in Las Vegas

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/03/2017

New Zealand have beaten Olympic champions Australia 21-14 to top their pool at the Las Vegas leg of the women's sevens world series.

Portia Woodman scored twice to power the Black Ferns Sevens 14-0 ahead before Australia levelled the scores midway through the second half.

Speedster Michaela Blyde then scored the decisive try to ensure New Zealand made it three wins from three games.

The series leaders after two rounds, they opened their account with a 24-0 whitewash of Brazil before dispatching England 27-5.

Coach Allan Bunting was delighted with his team's performances on an abnormally hard field.

"Outstanding. Right from game one to game three, we built," Bunting said.

"It's tough on the bodies on that turf but the girls have come through well and showed some real heart in that last game."

Bunting says recovery will be important ahead of a quarter-final match against Russia on Sunday (NZT).

New Zealand are on the same side of the draw as Ireland and the United States, avoiding difficult fixtures against Australia and the unbeaten Canada.

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