The Black Ferns powered to a 29–7 win against Kenya, beginning their campaign to win a first Olympic rugby sevens gold in impressive style.
Beaten by Australia in the Rio final, the New Zealand side reasserted their world dominance before the pandemic struck.
They scored within a minute against Kenya in their Pool A clash by spinning the ball from one side to the other. Try-scoring whiz Michaela Blyde took advantage of a small overlap to fly into the left hand corner for a second.
Kenya botched the kick off reception and the great Portia Woodman scored soon after, as the Kiwis kept flinging long passes one way and the other.
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But Kenya kept possession for a long period leading to halftime and scored a try, to make it 17–7 at the break.
Kenya's botched second half kick-off handed the ball to the Black Ferns and that ended the chance of any surprise comeback.
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Great Britain, the Black Ferns' second opponents later today, had to mount a comeback to beat Russia 14–12.
In earlier Pool B games, France beat Fiji and Canada thrashed Brazil, while in Pool C the USA beat China and Australia crushed Japan.