All Blacks Sevens face England showdown

World Rugby

Lynn McConnell     12 Mar 2017     World Rugby

Competition leaders South Africa will meet Canada, the United States will play Argentina and Fiji will meet Australia.

All Blacks Sevens co-coach Tomasi Cama said it would be a tough quarter-final against England. They had played them several times already this year and the results were mixed.

"We know they came second in their pool but they gave South Africa a good go and I thought they were going to beat South Africa at some stage but come tomorrow it is going to be a different ball game. We'll make sure we recover well tonight and will front up for England tomorrow," he said.

New Zealand opened with a 40-0 win over Russia with Trael Joass and Sherwin Stowers scoring tries to help the All Blacks Sevens to a 12-0 lead while Scott Curry, Ambrose Curtis and Andrew Knewstubb (2) scored in the second half.

In their second game they beat Scotland 33-12 with Curtis crossing twice in the first with Curry also scoring. Leading 21-5 at the break, the New Zealanders saw Scotland open the second half with a try but Dylan Collier and Isaac Te Tamaki scored to extend the New Zealand lead.

Then in the final game of the day, and with Canadian captain Harry Jones having promised his home crowd that if they got out and supported Canada and made plenty of noise they would make the quarter-finals, the home team pushed New Zealand all the way.

A crowd of 40,000 attended the first day and Jones had the honour of opening the scoring two minutes into the game. However tries to Vilimoni Koroi and Scott Curry saw the All Blacks Sevens lead 10-7 at the turn.

Koroi crossed for New Zealand early in the second half but it was the home team who stormed home with a late try to just be pipped 15-14.
Cama was pleased with the way New Zealand started the tournament. The first two games saw the side execute the game plan that had been set.

However, the Canadians had made life much tougher for the New Zealanders to play the way they wanted. But they had stuck at it and made the most of the opportunities when they came along.

"We'll take the win and obviously we are looking forward to tomorrow," he said.

It had been a great atmosphere in the last game with the Canadian crowd really getting behind their time and it had been good for New Zealand to come away with the win.

He was impressed with the way Koroi stood up at a crucial stage of the game and he said, "You can only imagine what the future may hold for him."