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'Last time we lost, we went on a winning streak' – Black Ferns Sevens target bounce back after Japan failure

The Black Ferns Sevens are preparing for a bounce back in the World Series, following a disappointing fifth-placed finish in Japan last weekend.

Entering the tournament with a perfect record this season, the Black Ferns Sevens looked far from their best, firstly by drawing against Russia, before defeats to both France and a quarter-final loss to the USA.

The result sees the Black Ferns Sevens' World Series lead cut back to just six points heading into the next leg in Canada, while the world champions also lost their 37-match winning streak.

Arriving back into New Zealand this morning, captain Sarah Hirini said that the side have to learn from the weekend's poor results.

"We're going to take a lot of learnings from this," Hirini told 1 NEWS.

"The last time we lost, we went on a winning streak of 37 matches.

"The girls are going to go home, spend a bit of time with the family, but then we'll be back on it for Canada in a couple of weeks."

Hirini was also able to pinpoint what went wrong for New Zealand in Japan, with the 12 points gained allowing Canada to close the gap in second place on the World Series standings.

"There was a lot of things that were different.

"We hadn't played for a very long time, we had a different squad to what we'd normally take - but that wasn't any excuse to how we should have performed.

"We didn't fulfil our potential, and that was probably the most disappointing thing."

While some teams may wallow in defeat after such a bad result, Hirini says her side will only get stronger as a result of the disappointment.

"As a group, we'll be a lot better for it.

"It hurts a lot, it always does when you lose in that black jersey because you don't want to let our country down.

"Like I said, the times we've lost, we've come back a lot better - and I know that this group will.

"We're still winning the World Series by six points, and that's a big margin heading into the last couple of tournaments."

The Black Ferns Sevens are next in action in Canada on May 11-12, before their season finale in France on June 15-16.

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    A fifth placed finish sees New Zealand's World Series lead cut back to six points. Source: 1 NEWS


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