New Zealand Men’s Sevens book semifinal spot in Tokyo

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They put on a dominant performance over Canada, their defence was solid and they were menacing at the breakdown.

 

Andrew Knewstubb got the Kiwis on the board first, fooling the Canadian defence to score close to the sticks. A massive defensive play from Scott Curry saw him force a turnover before boosting his way to the try line.

 

A second to Curry right on halftime gave his side a handy 21-0 lead at the break.

 

It took right until the 13th minute for Canada to score, and they went in twice in quick succession, but it was too little too late, with New Zealand taking the win 21-10.

 

It was a tidy performance from Clark Laidlaw’s side, with very few errors and he’s delighted to still be in the tournament.

 

 

“It’s knock out rugby, it’s not about winning by 30. It’s about finding a way to win and I think we’ve done that over the four games we have played.

 

“We are really encouraged around how we are playing. Still being in the tournament is the key at this stage, so to come back tomorrow with the opportunity to play for a medal is huge for us as a team and a country.”

 

Co-captain Curry said they have prepared really well for this tournament and they’re up for the challenge semifinals rugby will throw at them.

 

“We talked a lot about embracing the pressure of the big tournaments and Olympics, so to get four wins from four so far has been good, but I guess that counts for nothing come tomorrow. We have to start preparing now.”

Scott Curry

 

Earlier in the day they picked up a gutsy win over Australia, after trailing 12-0 at half time and going down to six men in the second spell, they stormed home to win 14-12.

 

The New Zealand Men’s Sevens side takes on Great Britain in the semifinal, who beat USA in their quarterfinal. Kick-off is at 2pm NZT tomorrow (Wednesday) and will be live on Sky Sport NZ.

 

Day Two Results

 

New Zealand Men 21 (Andrew Knewstubb, Scott Curry 2 tries; Knewstubb 3 con) Canada 10 (Patrick Kay, Harry Jones tries) HT: 21-0

 

New Zealand Men 14 (Dylan Collier, Andrew Knewstubb tries; Knewstubb 2 con) Australia 12 (Samu Kerevi, Nick Malouf tries; Lewis Holland con) HT: 0-12

 

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