Black Ferns Sevens stage comeback to beat Australia, again

Joanna Estrada
April 22, 2018

New Zealand built on their triumph at the recent Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast as they overcame France in the final to win the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series event in Kitakyushu.

However, France would hit back late in the first half, with Camille Grassineau going over from close range, with a successful conversion levelled the scores before the break.

Earlier, New Zealand proved too strong for Australia in the semi-final, winning 17-12.

It was the same in the final against France, who New Zealand had beaten 38-7 in pool play.

The second try came while Kiwi back Gayle Broughton was in the sin bin for a professional foul.

A try on the stroke of halftime Gayle Broughton put New Zealand back in touch against their arch rivals, who had scorched ahead through Evania Pelite and Emma Tonegato.

New Zealand had lost Niall Williams to injury before the final but they made the flawless start with Michaela Blyde scoring in the opening minute.

Tyla Nathan-Wong sealed the result with just a minute to go, with an individual kick and chase seeing her go over for another try.

The Black Ferns Sevens, who crushed China 50-0 in the quarter-finals, faced easily their toughest test against world series leaders Australia.

The Australians now have a total of 56 points having won the opening two events of the season in Sydney and Dubai. Russian Federation are a further eight points adrift on 42 after finishing fifth, while France's runners-up finish means they now sit fourth with 40 points with Canada and Spain completing the top six with 32 points.

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