Black Ferns retain sevens World Cup

Black Ferns retain sevens World Cup

San Francisco - New Zealand's Black Ferns sealed their status as the dominant force in women's rugby on Saturday, successfully defending their World Cup Sevens crown less than a year after winning the 15-a-side title.

"The Irish had played Chile earlier in the day and there was a chance of them catching us cold".

The Springbok Women's Sevens team suffered defeats against Russian Federation (24-14) and China (29-5).

Meanwhile, Russia beat the Springbok women's side 24-14 on Friday.

It seems like everywhere you go in the western world there are Fijians but it's not only expats that get behind their team as they travel the globe, a fact not lost on Leone Nakarawa.

But while Fiji and New Zealand both came through their first round tests, there was disappointment for Australia who tumbled out to France.

France clinched a 24-19 victory to take them into the last four of the competition.

"It's just unbelievable", Veredamu told AFP. "We have prepared well and know we need to be at our best if we are going to win", said Goss. "Hopefully we can do well, put in a good performance so those new to rugby can get really excited about it", he said.

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But Scotland reeled off unanswered tries from Harvey Elms, Scott Riddell and two from Jamie Farndale as well as a penalty try to seal a sensational 31-26 victory in stoppage time.

New Zealand barely engaged second gear in defeating Rugby World Cup Sevens debutantes Mexico 57-0 in the Round of 16 before powering past Ireland in the Championship quarterfinals.

The Americans were too powerful for an outmatched Welsh team on Friday, running out 35-0 winners. The Black Ferns were made to fight all the way in beating the US in the semi-finals and the final proved a stroll by comparison.

Sixth-seeded France arrived in the final after stunning No. 2 seed Australia with a 19-12 win.

France had been the surprise package in the women's draw, but New Zealand were always the favourites going into the final and they showed why with a dominant display to win the gold.

New Zealand will play the United States in Saturday's semi-finals.

France had earlier dug deep to overcome Australia 19-12 in a thrilling semi-final while the indomitable Kiwis came from behind to defeat a spirited US side 26-21.

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