Black Ferns Sevens claim Oceania Sevens title

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The All Blacks Sevens finished second, with narrow losses to Fiji and wins over Australia and Oceania.

 

Attention now turns to Olympic selection, with coaches making their decisions in the next few days before the squads are announced on Wednesday evening.

 

Both teams opened the finals day with strong performances, the men beating Australia 17-5 and the women going 27-12 over Fiji.

 

In what were considered Finals, the Fiji men came out firing against the All Blacks Sevens, capitalising on errors to lead 12-0 at the break. The second half was an even affair, a try each which saw Fiji win 17-7.

 

The Black Ferns Sevens flew out of the blocks in their Final with a try to Michaela Blyde before Australia bounced back for a 7-5 score line early in the first half. The intensity was lifted by the Black Ferns Sevens with Blyde running in another as well as Ruby Tui and Stacey Fluhler contributing to the 26-5 win.

 

Black Ferns Sevens co-Coach Cory Sweeney said it was a satisfying weekend.

 

“Our biggest thing is inner belief and players going out an expressing themselves. By the end of the tournament, they were in a good flow and the girls were happy with good energy which is a great outcome for us,” said Sweeney.

 

Despite not claiming the title, All Blacks Sevens captain Tim Mikkelson said there was plenty to take out of the weekend.

 

“We had six hard games and were pushed in all of them. A lot of our young guys were playing Fiji for the first time and they definitely put their hands up and they are the future of this team. I thought we played well across the six games but we’ve got a bit to work on and there are three or four weeks to do that.”

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