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Strong finish to day one for Black Ferns Sevens

World Rugby

Lynn McConnell     28 May 2017     World Rugby

Earlier in the day they beat the Netherlands 17-10 and the United States 7-0.

Against England, Michaela Blyde was in great touch scoring five of the side's seven tries.
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Ruby Tui opened the scoring before Blyde took over. Blyde scored three of her tries in the first half by which time New Zealand were out to a 24-0 lead. Also adding to the scoring was Jess Drummond, who touched down for her first try at this level.

The United States, who beat England 21-19 in the opening game of the tournament, provided a stiff challenge in the second game of the day for New Zealand. There was little scoring but no lack of action as both sides attempted to run the ball while also putting in strong tackles.
Making the breakthrough for New Zealand was replacement player Shakira Baker put her sidestep and speed to use to get over moments after going onto the field a minute into the second half. Tyla Nathan-Wong added the conversion and New Zealand held on to win the closest game played between the sides 7-0.

New Zealand's first game resulted in 17-10 win over the Netherlands. The Dutch side scored first two minutes into their game but New Zealand responded through Michaela Blyde while Baker made an immediate impact as sub when scoring to give them a 12-5 lead at the break.

A strong second half effort saw the Netherlands get back to 10-12 behind but after ringing the substitutions Cheyelle Robins-Reti scored to make the game safe.

The Black Ferns Sevens will take on Russia at 6.36am NZT on Sunday 29 May.