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NZ back in win mode in sevens

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Sportal.co.nz     10 Dec 2011     Getty Images

After the disappointments of their efforts in Dubai last weekend, New Zealand responded with a 41-0 win over the Dubai runners-up France in their final game of the opening day.

New Zealand opened the day with a 39-7 win over Morocco, a side making its first appearance in the Sevens since 2003.

And New Zealand beat Scotland 45-0 in their second match.

Seven tries were posted in the Morocco game by New Zealand with Toby Arnold scoring a hat-trick. Frank Halai scored twice while Solomon King and Kylem O'Donnell (on debut) scored the remainder with Joe Webber landing two conversions.

Morocco had late reward when Karim Abad scored a try just before the end of the game.

Against Scotland, New Zealand ran in three unanswered tries in the first half to lead 19-0 and with four more in the second half it was a comfortable win as Halai registered four tries in the game and Joe Webber, Ben Souness and DJ Forbes all crossing as well.

France fared no better as New Zealand lead 19-0 again at the break with Tomasi Cama scoring 14 of the points with two tries and two conversions. Webber also touched down.

Then in the second half Toby Arnold, Frank Halai, Charles Piutau and Tim Mikkelson shared in the spoils.

In other notable results on day one, Samoa beat England, the winners in Dubai, 24-14, the United States beat Argentina 21-14 and South Africa thrashed Australia 26-0.

New Zealand will play Australia in the quarter-finals on Saturday, with Samoa meeting Wales, South Africa playing France and Fiji playing England.