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