13 May 2019

Rugby: Black Fern Sevens bounce back to win in Canada

11:58 am on 13 May 2019

The New Zealand women's rugby sevens side has won the Canada round of the World Series to extend their lead in the championship.

New Zealand's Tyla Nathan-Wong

Tyla Nathan-Wong Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The Black Ferns Sevens beat Australia 21-17 in Langford to defend their title and comes after a disappointing fifth place finish in the last tournament in Japan.

Sarah Hirini and Niall Williams scored first half tries as New Zealand led 14-10 at half time.

Tyla Nathan-Wong scored a second half try and kicked the rest of the points in the victory.

The New Zealanders beat Spain 17-7 in the quarter-finals and the USA 26-12 in the semi-finals.

The USA beat France 26-5 in the play-off for third

New Zealand's fourth title in Canada means they now lead the series standings by 12 points from the USA.

The final round is in Biarritz, France, next month.

New Zealand have secured a top four finish in the competition and automatic qualification for next year's Olympics.