New Zealand’s Black Ferns are by to Canada Sevens quarterfinals as high seed after two wins and a draw at their first World Collection Sevens match in over 800 days.
The Olympic champions kicked off with a 31-0 blitzing of England, then thumped the US 36-0 earlier than rounding off Pool C with a 12-12 draw with Fiji on Saturday (Sunday NZ time)
The Black Ferns required Portia Woodman’s 199th World Collection Sevens attempt to salvage a draw within the last seconds towards Fiji after trailing 12-5.
Tries to Stacey Fluhler, Risi Pouri-Lane, Kelly Brazier, Portia Woodman and Michaela Blyde arrange the win over England.
The Black Ferns – sporting white – have been equally imperious in one other six-try romp over the US with Blyde scooting in for 2 early tries and Tyla Nathan-Wong dashing from the scrum base to catch the People napping on the quick aspect.
Woodman claimed a brace of tries within the second half.
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Woodman began on the bench for the Pool C decider towards the Fijians,
The Black Ferns squad contained 11 gamers from the Tokyo Olympic Video games gold medal profitable staff whereas Fiji had a clutch backing up from their aspect that took the Black Ferns to extra-time within the Olympic semifinal.
Fiji’s defence held New Zealand for the primary jiffy in Langford, earlier than New Zealand introduced Woodman on within the pack for a scrum, successfully giving the Black Ferns an additional winger.
The defence lastly cracked within the sixth minute when Blyde scored close to the left-hand nook after nice strategy play by Flulher and Sarah Hirini.
The Black Ferns repelled a Fiji assault for a 5-0 lead at halftime.
Kelly Brazier was sinbinned for a yellow card for a neck roll early within the second half.
Tyla Nathan-Wong saved the day with a chase-back try-saving deal with, permitting Woodman to make a steal on the ruck.
However Fiji’s additional participant benefit advised as Raijeli Daveau scored off a very good inside ball within the eleventh minute to take the lead after the conversion.
Then they grabbed a 80m breakout attempt to Aloweski Nakoai, who fended off Shiray Kaka.
Earlier, Fluhler and Pouri-Lane gave the Black Ferns a 10-0 lead at halftime, however they reduce unfastened within the second spell with Brazier, Woodman and Blyde all scoring.
New Zealand have been up 17-0 at halftime towards the beforehand unbeaten People and prolonged their lead after the restart when Woodman scorched down the suitable flank.
Her attempt prompted the Black Ferns’ new head coach Cory Sweeney to say through the tv commentary that Woodman was “a particular participant, who’s been with this staff a very long time”.
“To see her again after 4 years within the World Collection is a extremely particular second for her and her household and the Black Ferns sevens.”
Woodman is now simply two tries wanting turning into the primary lady to attain 200 World Collection tries after grabbing her brace after a intelligent tactical kick by Nathan-Wong and a few slick dealing with.
Shiray Kaka, who had arrange Woodman’s second rating, acquired a deserved last attempt to full the 36-0 rout.
Woodman advised a TV interviewer that it “felt like house’’ being again on the sevens circuit after so most of the squad had achieved double responsibility on the Black Ferns’ European tour late final 12 months and in Tremendous Rugby Aupiki.
She mentioned the Ferns have been “10 instances extra excited’’ to be enjoying in Canada after such an extended break from the collection.
Fluhler and Pouri-Lane gave the Black Ferns a 10-0 lead at halftime, however they reduce unfastened within the second spell with Brazier, Woodman and Blyde all scoring.
The Black Ferns are bidding to win a fifth Canada Sevens title in Langley on Vancouver Island.
Sweeney was in a position to rotate his staff within the latter levels of the USA sport to maintain a few of his frontliners contemporary for the ultimate pool sport towards Fiji at 10.38am on Sunday.
Fiji misplaced their first sport 20-19 to USA after trailing 15-0 at halftime and being outscored 4 tries to 3.
The Fijians bounced again with a 38-5 rout of England, scoring six tries.
AT A GLANCE
Black Ferns 31 (Stacey Fluhler, Risi Pouri-Lane, Kelly Brazier, Portia Woodman and Mikayla Blyde tries; Pouri-Lane con, Tyla Nathan-Wong 2 con) England 0. HT: 10-0.
Black Ferns 36 (Mikayla Blyde 2, Portia Woodman 2, Tyla Nathan-Wong, Shiray Kaka tries; Nathan-Wong 3 con) United States 0. HT: 17-0.