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Black Ferns snatch victory in Japan

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/04/2017

The New Zealand women's rugby sevens team scored after the final siren to beat Canada 17-14 and snatch the tournament in Kitakyushu, Japan.

The Black Ferns were trailing 14-12 with seconds left when Michaela Blyde's try finished off an extended passing move sparked by a Canadian fumble.

Ferns coach Allan Bunting said his side "left everything out there" to secure the win.

"They never give up, right to the end," he said.

"We have some good leaders at the moment and players that are making good decisions under pressure."

Earlier, the Kiwis had scored tries through Niall Williams and Portia Woodman while Canada scored through Hannah Darling and Jen Kish.

The Canadians had dominated the first half by starving the Kiwis of possession but only managed to be 7-7 at half-time. They extended their lead to 14-7 with Kish's try but a knock on from the restart gave the Black Ferns possession for their game-stealing try.

Ferns' captain Sarah Goss said the team never fears playing after the final hooter has gone.

"With the players we have, there is always a chance to win the game," she said.

"We have some amazing athletes to finish off, like we did today."

Goss said the women's sevens game continues to make strides as a number of nations were capable of winning each tournament.

Earlier, the New Zealanders had beaten England 21-5 in the quarterfinal and Fiji 21-0 in the semi.

It was their third tournament triumph and they are now 10 points ahead of Australia, who came third, in the Women's World Series.

Bunting said with some players to be lost to the Black Ferns shortly, the next World Series tournament, in Langford, Canada on May 27-28, will be a chance to blood some new talent coming through.

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