All Blacks Sevens bounce back from early loss in Los Angeles

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In their first match of the day New Zealand defeated Chile 26-5 with Leroy Carter scoring two tries in the first half and Roderick Solo continuing his excellent form by striking in the first minute. The second half was a sloppy affair but Brady Rush did have the last say.

Rush had the first say against the USA crossing in the first minute to set the tone for a dominant first half. New Zealand led 24-5 at the break with Dylan Collier (2) and Akuila Rokolisoa also crossing the strip.

In the second-half, Moses Leo in the 10th minute and Joe Webber in the 12th minute added to the All Black Sevens tally. Rokolisoa has scored more points 226 in 33 matches than any player of the World Sevens Series this season.

Scoring would be a problem against the smothering Samoan defence. Only Leroy Carter in the final minute was able to crack the blue wall in a 14-7 defeat. Earlier Paul Scanlan and Faafoi Falaniko dotted down for the victors. With 40 tries in 82 matches, Scanlan is one of the most exciting players on the tour.

Samoa topped Pool A by also defeating the USA 26-19 and Chile 31-5. New Zealand will face Great Britain in the quarter-finals. Great Britain topped Pool D accounting for Hamilton champions Argentina 7-5, Spain 24-17, and France 21-14.

The New Zealand v Great Britain quarter-final kicks off on Monday at 8:07am NZT. The other cup quarter-finals are Samoa v Argentina, Australia v Ireland, and Fiji v South Africa.


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