Black Ferns Sevens unbeaten on day one

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After a clinical all-round performance to thump South Africa 40-0 in the opening game, the Black Ferns Sevens were too strong for France (28-7) and USA (45-14) to top the pool and set up a quarterfinal rematch against USA.


The opening game against South Africa was the Black Ferns Sevens best performance of the day with six players scoring tries in the victory. Fresh from being named as the women’s sevens player of the year at the World Rugby Awards, Michaela Blyde wasted no time getting on the score sheet in Dubai with a try in the opening minute. Moments later, women’s fifteens player of the year Portia Woodman crossed to extend the Black Ferns Sevens to 14-0 and there was no coming back for South Africa. It was also a welcome return for Kayla McAlister with a try in the second half after missing the whole of last season due to the birth of her daughter.

It was Woodman, Blyde and McAlister to the fore again versus France. The Black Ferns Sevens scored two tries in each half to secure the comfortable win with the dynamic trio getting on the score sheet again.
The final match of the day was a showdown against USA. The Black Ferns Sevens had too much firepower in the first half in running out to a 26-0 lead. USA managed to dot down in either half but New Zealand’s attack was too slick for the Americans as they ran away to the 45-14 victory.

Elsewhere in the tournament, reigning Olympic champions Australia went unbeaten in Pool B and Canada were undefeated in Pool C.

Black Ferns Sevens flyer Michaela Blyde said the team was satisfied with their day one performance but now the focus switches to day two.

"Morale is pretty high, it's the first world series tournament and one of our favourites so we are on a really good high and can't wait to play on day two. No matter what team you play or how many tries you score or how often you win sevens is always a really tough game but it's all about tomorrow."

The Black Ferns Sevens take on USA in the quarterfinal at 6pm Friday NZT. Tune in LIVE on Sky Sport channel 56.