Trans-Tasman women’s final set for Paris

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With Australia just four points ahead of New Zealand on the standings, all they needed to do was make the final to win the coveted crown. 


In one of the games of the tournament, it looked like hosts France would knock Australia out in the semifinal and do the Black Ferns Sevens a huge favour. France rebounded superbly from 14-0 down to take a 14-17 lead over Australia with just seconds remaining.

But both French and Kiwi hearts were broken as Australian superstar Emilee Cherry capped off a brilliant counter attack to clinch victory for Australia. The win confirmed Australia as 2017/2018 World Series champions and set up a final against New Zealand.

The Black Ferns Sevens were in dominant form on day two with big wins over Spain and Canada in their quarterfinal and semifinal respectively.

After being held scoreless for the opening five minutes of the quarterfinal against Spain, the Black Ferns Sevens went on a six try scoring spree to surge to a 38-0 victory.

The Allan Bunting-coached side was just as dominant against Canada in the semifinal, running out to a 34-7 victory.

As the two consistently best teams on the circuit, it’s fitting that New Zealand and Australia play in the final game of the season, although somewhat disappointing for New Zealand fans that the overall crown isn’t up for grabs along with the French title.

Meanwhile in the men’s side of the draw, the All Blacks Sevens will take on USA in the Cup quarterfinal at 8.57pm Sunday NZT.

New Zealand qualified second in Pool A after impressing against Kenya in a 24-5 victory and edging Samoa 22-17. Fiji were too good in the final pool match, defeating New Zealand 26-17.

With three teams ending on two wins each after Kenya’s shock victory over Fiji, New Zealand qualified ahead of Kenya on superior points difference.