Hamilton Sevens: New Zealand face pool play on Day One

The All Blacks Sevens have emerged unbeaten from pool play at the IRB NZ Sevens in Hamilton, retaining their clean sheet with a 24-0 win over Spain.

They qualify atop Pool D and will meet Australia - runners-up in Pool C - in the quarter-finals at 12:20pm Sunday.

Needing to stay within 16 points to progress, the Spanish defence held tough through the first half, finally conceding a try to Dylan Collier after time had expired.

But they wilted in the second period, as Tim Mikkelson, Sione Molia and Kurt Baker all crossed for tries, denying their opponents a spot in the quarters on points differential.

Spain paid for a brain explosion in their tournament opener against Canada, when Juan Pedro Ramos kicked the ball out at full-time, his team still looking for the try that would break at 12-12 draw.

New Zealand took the field without co-captain Scott Curry, who sat out with an ankle injury.   

Earlier, the All Blacks Sevens showed their dominance with wins over Japan (52-0) and Canada (49-10), running in 15 tries. 

They've not won the New Zealand title since 2016, when the tournament was based in Wellington, with Fiji the defending champions.

Meanwhile, the Black Ferns Sevens began their 'fast four' exhibition format with a 19-7 win over England and followed it up with a 24-5 over France, but also lost captain Sarah Hirini with what appeared to be an ankle injury.

They next take on winless China at 2:42pm Sunday.


Join us at 10am Sunday for live updates of Day Two of the IRB NZ Sevens at Hamilton.

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