The HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series touched down in Japan this weekend for the Kitakyushu stop.
The New Zealand side were the team to beat going into the tournament as they had won the first three events this season in Glendale, Dubai and Sydney.
The Black Ferns wasted no time in signalling their intent to make it four from four, winning their opening pool game against Japan after a show of unity between the teams for the Christchurch tragedy.
They beat the hosts 43-0 in that but could only draw 17-17 against Russia in their second game ending a remarkable winning run of 37 games.
This is the second time a winning run has ended at 37 games after New Zealand lost to Spain in 2015.
The three teams behind New Zealand in the standings - USA (48), Canada and Australia (both 46) - also won their opening two games.
Australia smashed China 47-0 in their opening game, then defeated Spain 36-5 but their hopes for a perfect first day were foiled with a 17-14 loss to Canada, although it went right down to the wire as Australia's Ellia Green almost found a winning try at the death.
Canada had themselves beaten China 42-19 earlier in the day to follow on from a 26-17 win over Spain to guide them to the top of pool B. China finished bottom of the group despite a spirited showing in their 31-26 defeat by Spain.
In pool A, France faced New Zealand in the teams' third game of the day. The French were looking to make it three wins from three and did not disappoint against a sluggish Black Ferns side.
France took the lead through a Serephine Okemba try and then added another two in quick succession through Anne-Cecile Ciofani as they raced to a 19-0 lead.
New Zealand reduced the deficit to 19-5 through Cheyelle Robins-Reti's try but France added two more tries of their own to win the game 29-7 for a first ever victory over New Zealand in 22 attempts.
This also ended New Zealand's 38-game unbeaten run that stretched back to January 2018.
Pool C was won by the USA after they also managed three wins over Ireland, Fiji and England. It was England who finished second, with Ireland in third and Fiji finishing in fourth spot.
Like China, Fiji lost all three of their pool games to put an end to their tournament.
In Saturday's final game, Russia came back to beat Japan 28-21 and ensure they get to play again on Sunday in the Cup quarter-finals.
In Sunday's games, Australia meet England, Canada face the best third-placed team, Russia, and France face the second-best third-place team, Ireland.
The final game sees the top two this season, the USA and New Zealand, face off.
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