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Fifth-placed NZ rue sevens inconsistency

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/04/2017

All Blacks Sevens coach Scott Waldrom says inconsistency is crippling the team's progress in the world series.

New Zealand finished the Singapore event fifth, closing with meritorious classification wins over defending champions Kenya, 24-21, and runaway series leaders South Africa, 17-12.

However, they were let down by the earlier 26-14 quarter-final loss to unheralded Canada, who went on to triumph a tournament dominated by upsets.

"It's the same old story, it's consistency. We get up when we know it's a big game and we don't quite front in games we think we should win," Waldrom said.

"There's been some great stuff there in terms of the way the guys are playing, but we obviously didn't get the results in a tournament that was probably there for the taking.

"We need to be consistent across the six games."

New Zealand remain fourth overall, well behind South Africa, Fiji and England in a campaign that hasn't yet featured a place in a final after eight of 10 tournaments.

They have been beaten in the quarter-finals five times and in the semi-finals on three other occasions.

Their performance against the Blitzboks will give them most reason for confidence heading into the final legs in Paris and London in May.

Joe Ravouvou's try left them trailing 12-7 at halftime before Sione Molia and Vilimoni Koroi sealed victory.

Waldrom is confident experienced back Joe Webber will quickly shake off a groin injury which sidelined him throughout day two in Singapore.

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