Black Ferns Sevens win first ever Cape Town tournament

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They were crowned the inaugural HSBC Cape Town Sevens champions after beating Australia 17-7 in the final.

 

The latest victory is their 24th in 40 events since the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series began in 2012-13. Last weekend, the Black Ferns Sevens created history by becoming the first team to win back-to-back titles in Dubai.  

 

New Zealand made a strong start to the final, Kelly Brazier stepping her way through the Australian defence to score the opening try and surpass 500-points. The Black Ferns Sevens then capitalised on a knock-on from Australia, Alena Saili running strong to create an opportunity for Ruby Tui to score their second and take a 12-0 lead into the break.

 

Australia fought back in the second half, with Ellia Green scoring, but Tui secured the victory, scoring her second try of the match.

 

Earlier, the Black Ferns Sevens defeated hosts South Africa, Fiji and Russia in pool play and needed sudden-death extra time to beat England in the quarterfinals. They then defeated Canada 15-5 in the semi.

 

 

The Black Ferns Sevens sit top of the standings after three rounds on 56 points, six clear of Australia in second, while USA are third with 48 points.

 

Kelly Brazier and Niall Williams made the Cape Town Dream Team, while the Black Ferns Sevens also shared victory with the All Blacks Sevens who defeated hosts South Africa in the men’s final.

 

The series now heads to Hamilton in the new year on January 25-26. Make sure you get your tickets here to watch both our All Blacks Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens in action.    

 

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