Kitakyushu Sevens: Day One Wrap

World Rugby     23 Apr 2017     World Rugby

Along with New Zealand, Australia and Canada also topped their pools to set up an intriguing day two.


The Black Ferns Sevens started the day with a comprehensive 31-0 win over hosts Japan. It was a slick display from the series leaders with five different players crossing for tries and the defensive line holding strong throughout the contest.

The second match was a lot tighter against France. After being tied up 7-7 at halftime, the Black Ferns Sevens were made to work hard for a 19-14 win with Niall Williams bagging a double.

Top spot in Pool A was confirmed with a 22-7 win over Russia to round out the day. The prolific Portia Woodman crossed for two tries while Niall Williams and Ruby Tui also scored to secure the convincing win.

Olympic champions Australia will now face France in the first Cup quarterfinal on Sunday, before Sydney winners Canada tackle Russia, Fiji take on USA and the Black Ferns Sevens square off with England for a place in the last four.

In one of the most anticipated clashes of the day, Canada showed their class by powering to a 29-12 win over North American rivals USA in Pool C.

Fiji also showed their danger in Pool B by giving Australia a fright before going down 17-12 and securing two big wins over Brazil and Ireland. Fiji now have the chance to make their first ever Cup semifinal if they can overcome USA in the quarterfinal.

It was a successful first day for the inaugural tournament at the new Mikuni World Stadium. A passionate crowd was on hand for a quality days play.

The Black Ferns Sevens will play England in the Cup quarterfinal at Sunday 2.36pm (NZT). Catch all of the action live on SKY Sport channel 57.