NZ Sevens break English hearts and advance to knockouts

NZ Sevens break English hearts and advance to knockouts

The New Zealand Sevens teams broke English hearts, with the men’s and women’s teams eliminating the hosts of the Commonwealth Games.

The Black Ferns Sevens continued their strong start to the tournament, crushing England 38-7 to lead the group and advance to the semi-finals.

The Black Ferns welcomed Portia Woodman back to the team as she recovers from a sprained ankle she sustained in the opening game on Friday night.

Having lost to Canada in their second game in the pool, England needed a win to qualify for the semi-finals but quickly had their hopes dashed when the Black Ferns scored three attempts at the start of the first half.

A brilliant solo attempt by Ellie Boatman on the brink of half-time lifted the hosts’ spirits briefly, but the Black Ferns ended the game with three unanswered attempts in the second half.

Michaela Blyde was once again on the scoresheet with two attempts, bringing her tournament tally to 10 in just three games.

The Black Ferns will face trans-Tasman rivals Australia in the semi-finals early Sunday morning (NZT) for a spot in the finals and a golden chance.

The All Blacks Sevens also finished first after a 20-0 win over England in their final game, with 19-year-old Che Clark announcing himself on the world stage with a second-half double.

The match was disputed and with few goals, with clinical finishing and strong defense of the goal line the main difference between the two sides.

New Zealand opened a small five-point lead at half-time, barely stopping an England attack late in the first period.

But three more attempts in the second half put the game without a doubt and ensured New Zealand’s place in the quarter-finals.

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