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United States topple NZ women's sevens

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/04/2016

New Zealand have lost 12-5 to the United States at the women's sevens world series tournament in Atlanta but have done enough to reach the quarter-finals.

A 38-5 thrashing of Japan was followed by a tense 10-5 win over Spain before New Zealand lost their third pool game to the unbeaten tournament hosts on Friday.

They will face France in Saturday's quarter-finals.

New Zealand scored their only try against the US through Selica Winiata to level the scores 5-5 at halftime.

However, they couldn't stop Jessica Javelet crossing in the final minute for the US.

Earlier, New Zealand ran in six tries to one against the outclassed Japanese, with Shiray Tane bagging a double in the first half.

Tane also scored New Zealand's second try, late against a plucky Spain to ensure victory after Ruby Tui had put New Zealand 5-0 ahead at halftime.

The unbeaten teams on day one were England, Canada and USA.

England upset series leaders Australia 21-7 in their opening match.

Australia lead the five-round series after winning the first two legs in Dubai and Sao Paulo. New Zealand and Canada share second place overall.

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