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Lynn McConnell     14 Apr 2018     Getty Images

The men assured themselves their place when finishing their Saturday schedule with a 33–7 win over Canada. The women's semifinal will be played at 1.21pm (NZT) and the men will follow at 1.43pm
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Pouring the pressure on from the outset the New Zealand men scored through captain Scott Curry after a spot tackle by Kurt Baker forced a knock-on in front of their posts and from the scrum, Curry scored.

The Canadians lost Harry Jones to the sin-bin and Regan Ware took advantage to score his first try. And before halftime playmaker Vilimoni Koroi broke out of a tackle and headed the defence to take New Zealand to a 19-0 lead.

Claiming the ball at the restart of the second half, New Zealand ran back and when Koroi worked a scissors play with Ware the defence opened up for him to post his second.

The same play, midway through the spell but with Baker running onto the ball took them out to a 33-0 lead. There was a late flourish from Canada with Admir Cejonavich crossing on the final hooter

Earlier in the day, Zambia attempted to take the game to the New Zealanders but lacked the finesse to finish off their opportunities and inevitably the New Zealanders punished them in taking a 54-0 win.

Koroi, Etene Nanai-Seturo and Sione Molia all scored in the first half and then secured the game almost from the kick-off to start the second half when Tim Mikkelson took the ball and raced away to score. Baker, Andrew Knewstubb and Ware all followed with tries.

They accounted for Kenya 41-7, an important win after Kenya had been so tough on the New Zealanders at last week's Hong Kong Sevens.

Nanai-Seturo showed his class with two tries in the first half, the second resulting from his chip ahead, and regather, to run in beneath the posts. Akuila Rokolisoa demonstrated his emerging stature with a fine individual try and then in the second half Ware, Curry and Knewstubb crossed before the Kenyans scored their only try, to Samuel Oliech.

In the women's second New Zealand were expected to face a tough battle with Canada but even though losing both Michaela Blyde and Sarah Goss to the sin bin in the first half they were able to contain the North American side.

Portia Woodman opened the scoring with her sixth try of the tournament and they Blyth was no sooner back on the field than she ran in what was a crucial try to break the Canadian spirits. Tyla Nathan-Wong rubbed salt into the Canadian wounds with a superb sideline conversion.

Then after a fine pressure tackle made by Theresa Fitzpatrick the ball bounced clear and it was Stacey Waaka who scored the final try in the 24-7 win.