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NZ women set up sevens semi against US

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/02/2017

New Zealand will meet the United States in the Sydney women's rugby sevens semi-finals, easing through with a comfortable 24-5 quarter-final win over France on Saturday.

The four-try win didn't come easily, Tyla Nathan-Wong converting Katarina Whata's try to give the Kiwis a narrow 7-5 lead at halftime.

Portia Woodman extended the margin early in the second spell, with Niall Williams and Michaela Blyde underlining the win with two late tries.

The United States downed Ireland 17-5 to win their quarter-final, while Olympic gold medallists Australia beat Fiji by the same scoreline to set up a semi-final clash against Canada, who accounted for previously unbeaten Russia 26-5.

New Zealand had gone unbeaten in pool play on Friday, opening with a six-try 34-5 defeat of Papua New Guinea highlighted by Blyde's second-half hat-trick.

New Zealand, who beat Australia 17-5 in last month's opening tournament in Dubai, then edged France 14-12 in their second pool match.

With the scores tied 7-7 at halftime, France hit the front through Chloe Pelle two minutes after the restart.

But Kelly Brazier dotted down for the Kiwis a minute later, with Nathan-Wong landing the crucial conversion to seal the win.

Woodman crossed twice in New Zealand's final match as they downed Canada 31-10 to join Australia and Russia as the only teams to survive pool play unbeaten.

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