New Zealand rely on comebacks to remain unbeaten at Paris Sevens

Regan Ware scored four tries for New Zealand on the first day of the Paris Sevens tournament.
Aurelien Meunier

Regan Ware scored four tries for New Zealand on the first day of the Paris Sevens tournament.

The New Zealand men's sevens team have again put themselves in a position to claim a leg on the World Series, topping their pool with three wins from as many matches in Paris. 

While the results show the New Zealanders on top, they didn't have their own way in any of the matches as they had to come from behind to win all three.

Opening their campaign against Wales, the New Zealanders found themselves behind early after Luke Morgan got across the stripe for Wales. 

However, the New Zealand side responded with 26 unanswered points to take a comfortable 26-7 win - outscoring the Welsh side five tries to one. 

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A late try to Sam Dickson was all that separated New Zealand from Argentina in their second match of the day, lifting the side to a 21-14 win. 

New Zealand opened the scoring through Regan Ware, but a double to Franco Sabato either side of half time gave Argentina a seven-point lead. 

Playing from behind for the second time in as many games, it was veteran Tim Mikkelson who gave the New Zealanders a chance of pulling out the win as he got across the line before Dickson dotted down for the match-winner two minutes later. 

In their final pool match against the United States, Ware proved the difference-makers as he scored two tries in as many minutes late in the game off the bench. 

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Ware came into the game at the 13-minute mark with the New Zealand side up 15-14 after trailing 14-10 earlier in the match, and wasted no time in making his mark on the match as he scored one minute later. 

Ware finished with four tries on the day as the New Zealanders secured their spot atop group B, booking a quarterfinal match-up against France.

The big shock on day one came from the Scottish team who topped their group with wins over South Africa, Canada and Japan to remain one of three unbeaten teams - along with New Zealand and England. 

New Zealand's quarterfinal against France is set to be played at 9:34pm (NZ time) on Sunday night. 

 - Stuff


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