New Zealand unbeaten through pool play at Vancouver Sevens video

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All Blacks Sevens finished day one of the Vancouver Sevens unbeaten and will face England in tomorrow’s Cup Quarterfinal.

New Zealand's reward from going three from three in pool play at the Vancouver Sevens is a quarter final match-up with England.

The Kiwis completed their day one clean sweep with a 15-14 win over a spirited Canadian side on Sunday.

They had earlier wins over Russia 40-0 and Scotland 33-12.

Ambrose Curtis scored a double in the first half against Scotland.

Ambrose Curtis scored a double in the first half against Scotland.

If New Zealand are to make it to their first final of the 2016/17 World Series, they will need to tidy up their play from day one.

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They had a messy first half against Canada with poor passing and sloppy work at the breakdown proving costly.

Sherwin Stowers scored his 123rd career try for the New Zealand sevens team on Sunday.

Sherwin Stowers scored his 123rd career try for the New Zealand sevens team on Sunday.

Canada got on the board first with a try to Harry Jones, but a solo effort from Vilimoni Koroi, which included a line break and regathering a chip and chase, and a try on halftime to captain Scott Curry put the Kiwis in front.

Koroi's dazzling footwork was again a feature of New Zealand's day one effort.

But he somewhat spoilt things with an embarrassing knock on 5m out from the tryline with no one in front of him after he had scampered 40m through the Canadian defence.

The teenager has been susceptible to such errors in his brief career, but his ability to break the game open continues to make him the most important player in the New Zealand side.

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Koroi made up for his mistake by scoring a try from 5m out where he had his opposite tripping over his own feet.

Canada scored on fulltime, but New Zealand had already locked up the win.

New Zealand's efforts against Scotland and Russia were slightly more polished.

But they will face a much bigger challenge from England on Monday.

The English are the only side other than South Africa to win a stop on the series so far this season.

Their mixture of size and pace make them a dangerous beast.

England drew with South Africa in their final pool match, but the latter topped their pool through points differential.

That meant South Africa will take on Canada in their quarterfinal, while Fiji will play Australia and the United States play Argentina.

New Zealand 15 (Vilimoni Koroi 2, Scott Curry tries) Canada 14 (Harry Jones, Adam Zaruba tries)

New Zealand 33 (Ambrose Curtis 2, Scott Curry, Dylan Collier, Isaac Te Tamaki tries; Vilimoni Koroi 3, Beaudein Waaka cons) Scotland 12 (Glenn Bryce, Dougie Fife tries; Scott Wright con)

New Zealand 40 (Andrew Knewstubb 2, Trael Joass, Sherwin Stowers, Scott Curry, Ambrose Curtis tries; Beaudein Waaka 5 cons) Russia 0

 - Stuff


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