Rugby Sevens: NZ women one win from title

By Kris Shannon

Huriana Manuel. Photo / File
Huriana Manuel. Photo / File

The New Zealand women's sevens team are just one win away from winning the inaugural world series title after an unbeaten opening day at the Amsterdam Sevens.

The series leaders won all three pool games at the fourth and final stop on the circuit, setting up a quarter-final against Spain where victory would guarantee the title for the Kiwis.

New Zealand were made to work hard for their first victory, coming from behind to beat Russia 17-5, before earning a 22-0 win over China and a hard-fought 15-0 win against the Netherlands.

"Day one has been very tough on us, we didn't expect to start slow in the first game against Russia," said New Zealand captain Huriana Manuel. "We have a lot to work on but are looking forward to our next game."

The United States also finished with a 100 per cent record to top Pool C, beating Australia 10-5 in the decider after wins against Spain and Brazil. They will now play rivals Canada, who lost to France and England on day one.

England are the other unbeaten side after also securing victories over South Africa and France, setting up a quarter-final against the latter, while Australia and Russia set to meet in the other match in the last eight.

- APNZ

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