Unbeaten All Blacks Sevens set up England quarter

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Lynn McConnell     04 Feb 2018     Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

New Zealand made it through their pool unbeaten on the first day, although it took a late try to Joe Ravouvou to give the side a 17-12 win over their last pool opponent, the strong Argentina side.

New Zealand's game with England will be played at 12.58pm.
Captain Scott Curry said they were pleased to get through the pool with three wins.

"It was a tough game against Argentina, that last one. They really brought it to us. They had a few guys out with injury so they did really well with limited numbers. We were a little bit off the pace but we have obviously got to learn pretty quickly from that and move on tomorrow," he said.

They had attacked well in all three games but their defence slipped a little in the last, he said.

"Overall we're pretty happy with how we performed over those three games so we are looking forward to playing England tomorrow in what will be a pretty tough quarterfinal," he said.

"We've played them every tournament so far this season and we know a lot about their game and on the flipside of that they probably know a lot about us. It will always be a tough game against them and I'm sure they'll bring their A game to the quarterfinal," he said.

Fiji dealt Australia a blow by claiming a 26-15 win in their pool decider. That left Fiji to play Samoa, Kenya to play Australia while South Africa will complete the quarterfinals against Scotland.

Vilimoni Koroi said at the end of the first day, "We didn't get the result we wanted last week so we looked at the detail and wanted to improve.

"We were sound in the first two matches but Argentina took us to the wire in the last match which gave us a wake-up call for tomorrow."

New Zealand made an effective start to the day stretching France from the outset and by halftime they had a 28-0 lead. Ravouvou started the try scoring with Tim Mikkelson, Scott Curry and Sione Molia adding to the haul.

Teenage wing Caleb Clarke joined the fray to start the second half making a break which set up Luke Masirewa to provide Curry with his second.

France responded when new squad member Jean-Baptiste Manevy scored but from the restart Joe Webber showed his footwork and created space which allowed Regan Ware to cross and with the conversion the side were out to a 42-7 lead. However, Etene Nanai-Saturu showed his class and strength when holding onto the ball in a break but bursting clear to go it alone and score.

The final word lay with Masirewa who counted on a good take at the restart by Sam Dickson and more impressive set-up by Webber to claim the final try. They finished up with a 52-7 win.

Starting fast against Scotland, the All Blacks Sevens posted tries to Mikkelson and Curry in the first half to be up 14-0 at halftime then Koroi and Dickson crossed early in the second half with Scotland's solitary try coming late in the game.

New Zealand made a great start to the second half with Teddy Stanaway scoring from the kick-off but Argentina struck back with tries in the second and fourth minutes to Luciano Gonzalez and Felipe del Mestre to lead the home side 12-5 at the turn.

In the second half Koroi got the All Blacks Sevens back within two points and it was Ravouvou who scored with a minute left to claim the lead with Webber adding the conversion.