Rugby: All Blacks Sevens top Pool at Dubai Sevens

  • 01/12/2018
All Blacks Sevens captain Scott Curry.
All Blacks Sevens captain Scott Curry. Photo credit: Photosport

The All Blacks Sevens have made the perfect start to the opening World Rugby Sevens tournament of the season.

The Kiwis ended Day One unbeaten to top Pool C after claiming convincing wins over rolled Wales (28-7) and Spain (28-17) and the US (24-7) in Dubai on Saturday (NZ time).

The wins ensure the All Blacks Sevens will face Scotland in the quarter-finals.

Captain Scott Curry celebrated his 200th match for side, scoring two tries in the win over Wales.

Andrew Knewstubb, who scored 13 of the 28 points against Wales, scored a try and kicked four conversions.

New Zealand were pushed in their second match before pulling away against Spain.

Sky Sports viewers were unable to see this match though as there was a loss of power at the Sevens Stadium, which affected all international broadcasters.

World Rugby Sevens tweeted: "We're aware of technical difficulties at the #Dubai7s and are working to resolve them as quickly as possible. Thanks for your patience."

The All Blacks Sevens held a narrow 14-12 at the break before finishing the better in the second half with Curry scoring his second try of the match, while Dylan Collier also crossed the line.

In their final match, tries from Sam Dickson and Andrew Knewstubb put New Zealand up 14-0 at halftime against the US.

Collier crossed the line early in the second half to all-but-seal the win for the All Blacks Sevens. American speedster Carlin Isles scored a consolation try, but the Kiwis had the final say as Luke Masirewa went over well after the siren.

The impressive performance by the All Blacks Sevens came after the Black Ferns Sevens won the women's tournament, beating Canada 26-14 in their final.


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