Hard work ahead for New Zealand Sevens teams

By Raniera Harrison

The New Zealand Women’s Sevens side have fallen short in the final of the Langford Sevens to England, 31-14.

A weekend of shortcomings for both the female and male sevens sides.

Their male counterparts delivering their worst performance of the HSBC World Series losing to Samoa in the plate final.

Things looked promising for the New Zealand Women’s Sevens side - scoring in the opening minute

But an 80 metre run proved to be exactly what the English needed - finding the line through player of the final, English sevens star, Heather Fisher

The English took advantage of New Zealand's defence.

That's not to say our girls weren't hungry for victory

But the win belonged to England.

And despite the loss, the skill and flair of Portia Woodman still shone through.

Numerous unforced errors saw the All Blacks Sevens relegated to the plate competition after struggling their way through pool play.

Gordon Tietjens says, “There was a young inexperienced team that gave out, and they had a lot of energy, and that's all you can ask for as a coach.”

There have been two big injury scares to two Māori players of the side.

According to Tietjens, “Obviously Dylan Collier, and Kurt Baker in this tournament obviously a little bit of a concern, but they should be back soon.”

Māori stars, Rieko and Akira Ioane will re-join the squad this week.

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