Video: Michaela Blyde's forward roll sparks sensational Black Ferns sevens try in thumping of Mexico

The Black Ferns Sevens team have cruised into the Rugby World Cup Sevens quarter-finals after they thumped Mexico 57-0 in San Francisco this morning.

New Zealand's skipper Sarah Goss scored a sensational hat-trick with flyers Michaela Blyde and Portia Woodman scoring try doubles.

The Black Ferns led the Mexican side 24-0 at the break.

Blyde sparked New Zealand's first try with an exquisite break down the right flank, doing a forward flip before her teammates shifted the ball wide to Woodman who scored the first try of the match.

The Kiwi women will face off against Ireland in their quarter-final match at 12.30pm (NZ time).

Every game of the men's and women's Rugby World Cup Sevens will be live from July 21-23 on TVNZ's Duke channel - Freeview 13, Sky 23, and streaming on tvnz.co.nz.



Exclusive: Kiwi Sevens legend Sir Gordon Tietjens reveals he'll retire after Tokyo Olympics – 'That would be my swansong'

Sir Gordon Tietjens has confirmed he's in the last stages of his sevens coaching career.

The legendary Kiwi coach will guide Samoa in what will be his last World Cup in charge of a side and admits he isn’t looking much further.

Sir Gordon told 1 NEWS he will definitely end his association with the sport after the 2020 Olympics.

"That would be my last swansong, that's for sure," he said.

"But it's a great game, it's been good to me over the years."

Sir Gordon joined the Pacific side after the greatest sevens tenure in history with New Zealand where he guided them to 12 World Series titles and four Commonwealth Games gold medals.

While results on the field with Samoa haven't been the same Sir Gordon has still managed significant strides, including getting players contracted.

"Contracting the players has been a real positive in the sense that we retain the players, we just won't lose them overnight, which has happened in the past," he said.

One of those players, Neria Fomai, says he’s benefited from working with Kiwi coach.

"It's been good, especially for us islander boys, we sort of take shortcuts at times, but he makes sure none of us do that at training."

Sir Gordon’s squad got one last intense training in in California today before their World Cup campaign kicks off in San Francisco tomorrow.

They begin with a knockout game at 9:30am NZT against Uganda in the round of 32.

Tietjen’s said the game has been good to him, but he knows it’s time to let go. Source: 1 NEWS


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Watch: Chris Froome shoved by unruly Tour de France fan as defending champ continues to draw ire of crowd

Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome has seen a new level of detest in this year's race after one spectator jumped out onto the course to attack him during the latest stage.

While racing through the famous hairpin bends over Alpe d'Huez, Froome was targeted by one fan who managed to hit him on the back.

There are no limitations on how close spectators can get to competitors during the race.

The contact led to Sky teammate Geraint Thomas, who became the first cyclist in Tour history to win atop Huez while in the yellow jersey, to snap at fans after the race.

"If people don't like Sky and want to boo, that's fine. Boo all you like, but don't affect the race," Thomas said.

"Don't touch the riders. Don't spit at us. Voice your opinions all you want but let us do the racing."

The fan was later arrested by French police.


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