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New Zealand Women's sevens rugby team secures spot in quarter finals

The New Zealand women’s sevens rugby team has qualified for a spot in the quarter finals at the Rio Olympics after taking out France 26-7 this morning. .

Tries were scored by Kelly Brazier, Huriana Manuel, Portia Woodman, Kayla McAlister and Tyla Nathan-Wong converted three of them.

After three minutes New Zealand was ahead 14-0 and by halftime they led 19-7.

Experienced back Shakira Baker said her team was wary of France’s ability to offload.

“We knew we had to be extra tight on ‘D’,” she said. “We just needed to communicate well and get organised.” Baker said the New Zealand team had improved with each outing in Rio, which augurs well for the afternoon quarter-final.

In hockey the Black Sticks women defeated Korea 4-1 in their opening match.

The country has also won its first medal with Natalie Rooney taking Silver for New Zealand in Trap Shooting.