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NZ poised to win women's sevens series

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/06/2017

The Black Ferns Sevens are all but certain to claim a fourth women's world series crown after an unbeaten start to the final tournament in France. © Mike Zarrilli The Black Ferns Sevens are all but certain to claim a fourth women's world series crown after an unbeaten start to the final tournament in France. The Black Ferns Sevens are all but certain to claim a fourth women's world series crown after an unbeaten start to the final tournament in France.

New Zealand won all three pool matches in Clermont Ferrand, meaning a host of things will need to go wrong on the final day to stop them adding to series titles won in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

If they lose their quarter-final to Fiji and a subsequent classification match, it would open the door for Australia or Canada to draw level in the final standings if one of them wins the tournament.

The Black Ferns Sevens, who have won four of the five tournaments this season, opened with a 21-10 win over Japan which required a late try from stand-in captain Tyla Nathan-Wong to make the result safe.

It was more comfortable in a 26-5 defeat of Ireland, helped by a double to speedster Michaela Blyde.

New Zealand always had control of their 19-14 defeat of the United States, with their tries to Nathan-Wong, Gayle Broughton and Katarina Whata all scored in the first half.

The other quarter-finals pit Australia against the United States, Ireland against Canada and Russia against France.

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