New Zealand sevens team go three-from-three

Last updated 05:25 30/11/2013
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MOVING AHEAD: DJ Forbes struggles his way forward against three French defenders during New Zealand's opening pool match at the Dubai Sevens.

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The New Zealand sevens team will play Argentina in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Sevens tonight after sweeping through pool play.

Gordon Tietjens' side swept aside France, Portugal and Kenya on day one in Dubai, allowing just five points to top pool A and set up a last-eight meeting with the Pumas at 7.51pm (NZ time).

New Zealand opened with a scratchy 24-5 over France, needing three late scores to pull away, before routing Portugal 38-0 and Kenya 40-0.

Ambrose Curtis recorded four tries for the day, including two against Portugal, while Bryce Heem had three touchdowns, including two against France, and Tim Mikkelson two.

Argentina emerged from a tough pool D, losing their opener to South Africa 17-7, beore defeating Samoa 18-12 and Russia 33-5.

New Zealand had six different players score against Kenya - Curtis, Mikkelson, Tomasi Cama, DJ Forbes, Sherwin Stowers and Sam Dickson - and had five different players cross the line against Portugal.

New Zealand took almost all the first half before scoring their first try to Scott Curry against France, who dominated possession in their opener.

France scored first after the changeover through 33-year old Julien Candelon to level the scores.

There was 3:22 remaining before Heem scored the first of his two tries as New Zealand began to string some moves together. His try was followed by others to Curtis and Heem to carry New Zealand clear.

NEW ZEALAND RESULTS

New Zealand 40 (Tomasi Cama, Ambrose Curtis, Tim Mikkelson, DJ Forbes, Sherwin Stowers, Sam Dickson tries; Tomasi Cama 3 con, Gillies Kaka con, Sam Dickson con) Kenya 0. HT: 12-0

New Zealand 38 (Ambrose Curtis 2, Tim Mikkelson, Lote Raikabula, Joe Webber, Bryce Heem tries; Gillies Kaka 3 con, Webber con) Portugal 0. HT: 19-0

New Zealand 24 (Bryce Heem 2, Scott Curry, Ambrose Curtis tries; Tomasi Cama 2 con) France 5 (Julien Candelon try) HT: 5-0. 

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