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Black Ferns Sevens unbeaten in pool play

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/04/2017

<p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Portia Woodman</p> © Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Portia Woodman

The Black Ferns Sevens will face England in the quarter-finals of the women's rugby sevens world series tournament in Japan after an unbeaten run through pool play.

The New Zealanders opened with a five-try 31-0 win over hosts Japan in Kitakyushu, but were pushed hard by France before winning their second pool match 19-14.

A converted Niall Williams try was matched by one from Laurelin Fourcade for a 7-7 scoreline at halftime.

Jade Le Pesq crossed soon after the restart to give France a 14-7 lead, but tries in the last two minutes to Williams and Tyla Nathan-Wong secured a Black Ferns win.

Portia Woodman scored a brace in New Zealand's final 22-7 win over Russia, with Williams and Ruby Tui also crossing.

The Black Ferns lead the overall standings halfway through the six-tournament series with 56 points, six clear of second-placed Olympic champions Australia.

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