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All Blacks Sevens undefeated in pool play

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/05/2017

The All Blacks Sevens have earned a quarter-final against Scotland after finishing pool play undefeated at the final world series tournament in London.

The Kiwis opened with a healthy 33-7 five-try win over Japan, Jesse Houston crossing twice in his international sevens debut.

They were pushed hard by Canada in their second game, edging home 19-14 after the scores were level 14-14 at halftime.

Tone Ng Shiu crossed late in the second half for the decisive try, but it took a crucial last-ditch tackle from Joe Webber to prevent Harry Jones from equalising for Canada.

Coach Scott Waldrom was pleased to survive the late challenge.

"We've taken a lot of injuries and it's a pretty young side out there so to get two wins I'm pretty happy - it was a bit ugly but I'll take it," he said afterwards.

The All Blacks Sevens racked up their third win with a 27-21 victory over Fiji after the Olympic champions led 14-12 at halftime.

Webber led the way for New Zealand with a try in each half, but Fiji trailed by just one point going into the final minute before Houston darted over to seal the Kiwi victory.

Hosts England were also unbeaten in pool play, accounting for Spain 28-7, Australia 19-12 and Samoa 24-19, and will meet runaway competition leaders South Africa in their quarter-final.

The Blitzboks edged both Kenya and Wales by identical 12-10 scorelines but were beaten 24-12 by the United States in their third match.

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