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Black Ferns too good for France to defend Sevens World Cup title

Black Ferns too good for France to defend Sevens World Cup title

It is the first time in 21 years the Sevens Boks have made it this far in the World Cup. "I think with the new (knockout) format there was a lot of pressure".

Jordan Conroy ran in for a hat-trick as Kenya were put to the sword 24-14.

Stan McDowell's men will now hope to join the women's team on the World Series circuit via the Hong Kong qualifying route next April.

Black Ferns Sevens captain Sarah Goss echoed Mikkelson's sentiment, with fond memories of victories in Moscow and Gold Coast.

"Extremely proud, not just of this weekend but the whole season, obviously it started off a little bit shaky but to win two pinnacle events in one year I'm extremely proud and very, very grateful to have such incredible sisters and management around me".

"We've been preparing really well", he said.

Michaela Blyde was the star for the Black Ferns with a brilliant hat-trick as the New Zealanders outclassed the French at AT&T Park.

New Zealand eased into the semi-finals of the women's competition
New Zealand eased into the semi-finals of the women's competition

But one man once again stole the show over the weekend with his blistering pace.

Beaumont said: "Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 will be a ground-breaking and spectacular event that will write another exciting chapter in the remarkable sevens success story".

The result knocks South Africa out of the main tournament and they will now go into the Challenge competition, writes SA Rugby magazine's MARIETTE ADAMS.

France progressed to the final after earlier upsetting Australia 19-12 in the semifinals.

It looked like it would be 10-0 at the break, but some quick thinking from Nathan-Wong after the first half hooter saw her take a quick tap and scoot into a hole to give the Ferns an lead they wouldn't relinquish.

They will now meet Fiji, who cruised past Argentina 43-7, in one semifinal on Monday (8.02am NZT).

Seven women's players from five countries will enter the pitch in San Francisco to make their third Rugby World Cup Sevens appearance: Beatrice Muhlbauer (Brazil), Claire Allan and Heather Fisher (England), Fanny Horta (France), Zenay Jordaan (South Africa) and Marina Bravo and Barbara Pla (Spain).

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