Video: New Zealand women's sevens side clean sweep day one in Dubai
Friday 2 Dec 2016 6:47 a.m.
The New Zealand women have swept all three pool games on the opening day of the World Sevens Series in Dubai.
The Olympic Silver medallist's beat Ireland 27-5, before holding on for a 19-10 win over a fast-finishing Fiji.
The Black Ferns finished the day with a shutout of France, winning 21-0; running in five tries.
Coach Allan Bunting was delighted with the way the day played out for his side.
"Yeah stoked," he said.
We had a couple injuries and the girls have shown some real heart so it's been a great day for us."
Bunting's mood was soured somewhat with injuries to Niall Williams, Shakira Baker and Tenika Willison, but is happy he has enough depth in the squad to get through the knockout stages.
The Kiwi women will meet South Africa in the quarterfinals on Saturday morning [NZT].
Rio champions Australia were also unbeaten with comfortable wins over South Africa, Russia and the United States while Canada were the surprise packet on day one; winning all three of their games.