Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Black Ferns Sevens face short turnaround in quest for bounce-back bronze medal

Even in disappointment of losing out on Commonwealth Games gold in Birmingham, the Black Ferns Sevens know they have to refocus in their attempt to bring home bronze.

After a dominant display in pool play, the reigning Olympic champions were stunned 17-12 by Australia in their semi-final, and now face a quick turnaround against Canada for third place.

The defeat ends the Black Ferns Sevens' title defence, after their victory against the same side on the Gold Coast four years ago.

Portia Woodman reacts to defeat against Australia.
Portia Woodman reacts to defeat against Australia. Photo credit: Image - Photosport

Speaking post-match, Tyla Nathan-Wong's disappointment was clear to see, as one of the ever present players in the Black Ferns Sevens' era of dominance - one that ended in Birmingham.

"I'm not going to sugarcoat it, it bloody sucks at the end of the day," Nathan-Wong said.

"We work hard for those moments, and unfortunately that one slipped away from us."

Captain Sarah Goss shared in Nathan-Wong's sorrow, but now has to keep her side's spirits high to return to the field to play for bronze on Monday morning (NZ time).

"Seeing the disappointment in my teammates' faces, it's probably what makes me upset a little bit more," Goss said.

"I don't want anyone to blame themselves for anything they've done. I'm sure the girls will take it pretty hard.

"For me as a leader, it's about getting them back up. We've got to move on pretty quickly and try and win a bronze medal for New Zealand.

"We'll be doing everything we can to do that."

But like they did after the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the Black Ferns Sevens know they can pick themselves up and go again.

And a brutal session of self reflection is nothing new for a side with past Olympic and Commonwealth Games titles in their trophy cabinet.

"We haven't lost many times," Goss added. "And to be honest, the ones we have done we've watched probably 1000 times and know off by heart.

"That's why we want to be successful, we want to be the best team in the world and unfortunately we weren't that today."

The Black Ferns Sevens can take confidence from their last meeting with Canada at the Birmingham Games, already having defeated their bronze medal match opponents 45-7 in pool play.

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