New Zealand sevens team tops Singapore Sevens pool by going undefeated on day one

Regan Ware fends off a challenge from Martin Iosefo of USA.
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Regan Ware fends off a challenge from Martin Iosefo of USA.

New Zealand have topped their pool at the Singapore Sevens, finishing day one unbeaten to set up a Sunday afternoon [NZ Time] quarterfinal clash with Canada.

New Zealand side began the latest tournament of the world series with a nervy 22-21 win over Scotland before finding better form in a 36-14 thumping of Wales on Saturday.

That left them facing the US and needing victory to secure top spot, which they managed with a 21-14 triumph.

Joe Ravouvou of New Zealand and Morgan Williams of Wales challenge for the ball at a lineout.
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Joe Ravouvou of New Zealand and Morgan Williams of Wales challenge for the ball at a lineout.

Scotland threw a big scare into the NZ camp when a second-half comeback almost gave them their first sevens win over the New Zealanders after 37 sevens clashes.

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Sione Molia throws a pass during the match against the US.
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Sione Molia throws a pass during the match against the US.

New Zealand led 17-0 at halftime after Joe Ravouvou starred, but Scotland scotland scored two converted tries to narrow the gap to 17-14. The hot favourites clinched the win when Tone Ng Shiu scored his first try for the national side at this level while Scotland nabbed a consolation try after the hooter.

Tries from Joe Weber and Iopu Iopu-Aso got NZ off to a fast start against Wales, and they rarely looked back in a six tries to two victory.

Sam Dickson scored the opener against the Americans before Regan Ware's double extended the margin to leave New Zealand three-from-three at the end of day one.

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