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Black Ferns too good for US in Las Vegas

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/03/2017
Fiao'o Fa'amausili of the Black Ferns celebrates a try during the international womens Test match between the New Zealand Black Ferns and the Australian Wallaroos at Eden Park on October 22, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. © Phil Walter/Getty Images Fiao'o Fa'amausili of the Black Ferns celebrates a try during the international womens Test match between the New Zealand Black Ferns and the Australian Wallaroos at Eden Park on October 22, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.

New Zealand will meet Australia in the final of the Las Vegas women's rugby sevens tournament after accounting for the United States 12-7 in a tight semi-final.

The Black Ferns battled back from a 7-5 half-time deficit, Michaela Blyde showing superb footwork down the right before scoring to keep the Kiwis in touch after Kristen Thomas had crossed early for the home team.

Tyla Nathan-Wong converted Niall Williams' second-half try, with the New Zealanders then defending their narrow lead grimly to secure the win.

The Black Ferns had earlier downed Olympic champions Australia 21-14 to top their pool.

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

Blyde then scored the decisive try to ensure New Zealand made it three wins from three pool matches after first-up wins over Brazil and England.

The Australians secured their spot in the final with a 26-17 semi-final win over Canada, Ellia Green and Emma Tonegato both scoring doubles in a free-flowing game.

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