All Blacks Sevens face French hurdle to advance in LA


New Zealand's All Blacks Sevens will play France in the quarterfinals of the HSBC World Series Sevens in Carson, Los Angeles at 7.27am on Monday (NZT).


The All Blacks Sevens were unbeaten on the first day, rounding out their three games with a 21-17 win over England. France qualified on points differential having drawn 26-26 with Argentina and then having lost 28-33 to Fiji, it saw Fiji beat Argentina 38-14.


England scored first through Ben Harris before the All Blacks Sevens replied through Ngarohi McGarvey-Black. It looked like England had stolen a march when Dan Norton scored just before halftime but some fine work from the restart resulted in Andrew Knewstubb battling his way over the line to claim a 14-12 advantage.


Then at the start of the second half, Etene Nanai-Seturo showed his ability when somehow taking a hard pass from behind to break the line and give New Zealand an eight-point buffer. England kept trying and took advantage of turnovers and penalties to keep their scoring options open and it was Harris who ran in their last try.


Scored in injury time that try propelled England into the quarterfinals as they needed to beat Spain on points differential to claim a place and the final try secured that margin.


Spain had surprised England with a 22-5 win in their pool game but New Zealand were not caught similarly and claimed a 21-7 win. Joe Ravouvou and Tim Mikkelson each scored before Spain managed their first, but Akuila Rokolisoa rounded the game out with the final try.


The All Blacks Sevens started with an emphatic 42-7 win over Wales, rampaging in a 28-point second half blitz. Etene Nanai-Seturo opening the scoring and followed by Tim Mikkelson on halftime with Caleb Clarke, William Warbrick, Ngarohi McGarvey-Black and Sam Dickson crossing. Mikkelson added the first conversion before Akuila Rokolisoa took over the duties to land four conversions before Andrew Knewstuff added the last.




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