Black Ferns unbeaten after opening day of Dubai Sevens

The Black Ferns Sevens have begun brightly at the Dubai Sevens, unbeaten in pool play to advance to the quarter-finals on day one.

Playing at the second leg of the new Women's World Series, New Zealand dispatched pool opponents, Kenya, Russia and Ireland in convincing fashion, with captain Sarah Goss, Women's player of the year Michaela Blyde and Gayle Broughton each crossing over for three tries.

In their first clash, coming up against Kenya, the Black Ferns Sevens strolled to a 34-7 victory, running in an impressive six tries to one.

Doubles from Sarah Goss and Stacey Waaka lead the way for the Black Ferns in their second match, coming away 29-12 winners over Russia.

With two relatively comfortable wins first up, New Zealand were then made to work in their final match of the first day against Ireland.

Initially down 7-0, Blyde and Broughton would score before the break, sending the Kiwis in 10-7.

Blyde would have a double after halftime, before a Ruby Tui effort gave the Black Ferns a 24-7 lead heading into the final moments, only for Ireland to hit back twice, setting up a tense finish.

New Zealand's defence would hold out though, sealing the victory 24-17, setting up tonight's quarter-final against pool opponents Russia for a place in the tournament semis.

Michaela Blyde, New Zealand v Mexico.
Rugby World Cup Sevens. AT&T Park, San Francisco, USA. Friday 20 July 2018. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga /
Black Ferns Sevens star Michaela Blyde. Source: Photosport

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