Series leaders New Zealand fittingly have three of the top seven players in the DHL Performance Tracker for Kitakyushu, in captain Sarah Goss, try-scoring machine Portia Woodman and Kelly Brazier.

It is Goss – the only one of the trio not selected in the Dream Team for the round – who has the honour of topping the Tracker with 49 points, one more than USA’s Naya Tapper with Woodman one of three players on 45 points.

Goss made 20 tackles, a tournament high 12 offloads, 16 carries and one break across a weekend that saw the Black Ferns Sevens crowned champions after a last-gasp Michaela Blyde try saw them beat Canada 17-14 at Mikuni World Stadium.

While Goss’ solitary break was significantly lower than those around – not least the 11 made by USA flyer Tapper – it was her offloading figure that proved the difference at the top of the Tracker.

The Black Ferns Sevens’ inspirational captain, though, does not feature in the top seven of the DHL Series Performance Tracker which continues to be topped by Russia’s Alena Mikhaltsova with 216 points.

Mihaltsova has made a total of 61 tackles, 27 breaks, 28 offloads and 100 carries in the four tournaments to date, with Ireland captain Lucy Mulhall the only other player to surpass 200 points, albeit only just on 201.

Brazier is third overall with 190 points with two Fijians – Rusila Nagasau and Tima Ravisa – in the top seven alongside Russia’s Mariia Perestiak and Blyde.