Rugby Sevens: Black Ferns through to quarter-final in Japan

The Black Ferns sevens side have made it through pool play despite only winning one game. 

They were thrashed by France 29-7 in the penultimate match of the day but managed to go through to the quarter-finals on points difference. 

Earlier, they come from behind to secure a 17-17 draw against Russia in the Kitakyushu leg of the World Sevens Series.

Tyla Nathan-Wong scored a try in overtime to grab a point in the nail-biting match. 

Russia opened the scoring through Anna Baranchuk before Shakira Baker hit back for the Kiwis.

It was 5-5 at half time before a seesaw battle in the second half saw the match come down to the wire. 

Elena Zdrkova scored just before the buzzer to take the lead to 17-10 for Russia, Nathan-Wong came up with the goods to end the game on 17-17 heading into the final match of pool a.

In the first match of the day, they started with a comprehensive win over the hosts in the , beating Japaen 43-0.

In a new look team which sees seven regular players out of the team it was senior players who stood up.

Stacey Waaka and Dhys Sepi Faleafaga scored two tries for the Kiwis as they took a 24-0 into the break.

Tries from Niall Williams, Shakira Baker and Tenika Willison in the second half sealed the win.

The Black Ferns sevens side will take on USA at 1:52pm NZT in the second quarter-final. 


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