NZ Sevens rout Scotland to open in Hong Kong

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Last updated 03:20 29/03/2014
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CROSSING THE LINE: Gillies Kaka evades a Scottish player to cross the line to open the scoring in New Zealand's 33-0 rout of Scotland to open their Hong Kong Sevens bid.

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The New Zealand men's sevens side have opened their Hong Kong Sevens campaign with an emphatic 33-0 victory over Scotland.

Gordon Tietjens' side, who lost their lead in the IRB World Sevens Series with a loss in the Japan Sevens semifinals last week, had five different try-scorers as they ran away with the match in the second half.

Sevens newcomer Marty McKenzie dotted down late in the second half, while Gillies Kaka, Sherwin Stowers, Bryce Heem and Ambrose Curtis also scored five-pointers, while Kaka kicked four-of-five conversions.

New Zealand's remaining Pool D matches will be played later today - against Samoa at 4.12pm and against the USA at 11.10pm (NZ times).

New Zealand has won the Hong Kong Sevens 10 times, tied for most with Fiji, but only twice in the last 12 years.

Samoa was the surprise first night loser in the opening match at Hong Kong Stadium, going down to the USA 26-12. Other first night winners were Canada, 35-7 over Portugal; Australia, 28-14 over Spain; Kenya, 41-0 over Sri Lanka; England, 19-12 against Argentina; South Africa, 31-7 with France and Fiji, 42-7 over Wales.

New Zealand 33 (Gillies Kaka, Sherwin Stowers, Bryce Heem, Marty McKenzie, Ambrose Curtis tries; Kaka 4 con) Scotland 0. HT: 12-0

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