The New Zealand black Ferns have finished off the Oceania Sevens unbeaten, the women’s silver medalists in the 2016 Olympic Games have been on fire since they debut in their first international tournament since the pandemic.
They first re appeared in the Trans-Tasman Games in Auckland, New Zealand as they went up against Australia. The Olympic gold medalists only beat the Black Ferns once in the three day tournament, until the Kiwi’s started their winning streak, winning five out of six games.
The New Zealand women’s continued this in their opening match against the Australians in the Oceania Sevens. The Kiwi women have vowed to up their game since their emotional loss against Australia in the Rio Olympics and have since then won two major tournaments.
In their final match before flying to the Tokyo Olympics, the Black Ferns over powered Fiji in the final match with a 27-12 victory.
Michaela Blyde was a try scoring machine as she has been pre pandemic, she scored two long range tries to seal the win by half time with a 22-0 lead.
Meanwhile in the men’s side, the All Blacks had a tough start against their trans-Tasman rivals after Australia got of to a flying start in the opening minute of the game. Samu Kerevi scored a try after New Zealand failed to secure the kick off ball.
Head Coach Clark Laidlaw was not amused by his teams disappointing first have as they fumbled through the first seven minutes.
William Warbricks try after a well executed lineout change the tone of the game on the second half as the All Blacks take back control of the game.
The All Black have had a two for two win over the weekend against hosts, Australia.