New Zealand into semis at Wellington Sevens

03:46, Feb 08 2014
Wellington Sevens 2014
Sherwin Stowers dives in to score for the All Black Sevens.
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Argentina's Anibal Panceyra Garrido takes on the USA defence.
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Rhodri Davies of Wales makes a break against South Africa.
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New Zealand's Ben Lam rides the tackle of a Fijian defender.
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Emosi Mulevoro of Fiji dives over to score a try against New Zealand.
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Kelly Meafua of Samoa scores tackled by Kenya's Biko Adema.
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James Johnstone of Scotland runs in to score with Canada's Nanyak Dala in pursuit.
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Head coach Simon Amor of England looks on during the Pool A match between England and Portugal.
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Burst of flames fire off behind the victorious New Zealand sevens team in Wellington.
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The New Zealand sevens team celebrate in the changing rooms after their Wellington Sevens final victory over South Africa.
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The victorious New Zealand sevens team perform a haka for the Wellington crowd.
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New Zealand captain DJ Forbes with the Wellington Sevens trophy.
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New Zealand captain DJ Forbes celebrates with the fans at Wellington Stadium.
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New Zealand's Ben Lam crosses next to the posts during the semifinal against England.
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Sherwin Stowers has a disagreement with two England players during their semifinal.

New Zealand has beaten Canada 24-0 to advance to a semifinal showdown with defending champions England at the Wellington sevens.

Two Scott Curry tries, some hard running from Ben Lam and a third straight shut out of the opposition were the features of New Zealand's quarterfinal effort in drifting rain.

An impressive looking England await after they beat Samoa 21-5 in the first Cup knock out match of the day.

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The "Jarmy Army", from left, Dean Holland, Dene Cassin, Herb Bell and Jeff Geayley warm up for the sevens on the Wellington waterfront.
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Punters, from left, Paul Garrett, Jesse Garrett, Brian Martelletti, Marcus Garrett, Shane Hamnett and Randy Toone, plan to arrive at the Sevens on horseback.
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Back row from left, Robert Makene, Steve Burgess, Christine Paul, and front row from left Sapphire Martin and Maree Cheshire get ready to go.
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Ultimate sevens fan Waitangi Mika, centre, and the Doctours are ready for action.
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Punters start their warm-up for the sevens. Pirates, from Auckland, from left, Caznae Raynes, Ashleigh Robinson, Connor Robinson, Carol Robinson and Phil Raynes.
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Bo Simkin, left, and Claire parkinson both from Eastbourne as super heroes.
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Grom left, Phil Watson, Colin Thackery, and Chris Hadley dress as the cast of The Hangover.
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Punters start their warm-up for the sevens. From left. Sarah Bowman, Sam Wallace and James L'estrange
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Teenage Mutant Turtles Quinn Robb and Stefan Godman on Willis Street.
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Sevens waterfront. Punters start their warm-up for the sevens. From left, Pete rathod, matt Lewis, hami Phillips, Andrew Cameron as Tui cans.
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Kurt Umbers and Hemi Hoskins are dressed as pop group LMFAO.
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Judy Brokenshire, Lyn Weir, Dale Thompson and Tracey Hall have been coming to the sevens for 14 years and counting.
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Cory Heather and James Scott as that perennial Sevens favourite, Speedo Cops.
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These guys escaped from jail just to join the celebrations.
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This group of lords and ladies seem dressed for a different kind of party altogether.
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Amy Brookes and Ben Fox were actually pretty easy to spot in their Where's Wally? costumes.
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Tongan Native Americans.
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Stan Asimopoulos as Mr Squiggish, the man from the Moon
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Punters dressed up at crayfish start their warm-up for the Sevens.
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Banana in Pajamas get ready for the Sevens.
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Costume catwalk founder Chris Parkin gets into the spirit of things.
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Peacocks Rosie Masters and Lizana Muir.
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The Canadians: Shea Martinm, Meredith Barrett-Jones, Arielle Martin and Briana Hungerford.
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Beauty queens Katie O'Loughlan, left, Stacey Craig, Ashleigh McCutcheon and Rachel Watson.
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Mad hatters Clint and Teresa McKenzie.
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Monopoly women Nicola Taylor, left, Helena Quinn, Jan Grindle and Chantal Fuhl.
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Norman Hemi, front, leads his wolf pack.
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Jamaican bob sled team Ryan Walker, Mike Barnett, Mitch Steele and Blair Williams.
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A gaggle of Billy T James'.
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A Christchurch Hangover 'wolfpack'.
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Hamilton cavemen and cavewomen.
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Wellington's Abigail Moir and Johnny Crothers as Ken and Barbie.
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Kevin Banaghan and 'gorilla'.
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Smudge McNeilage and the paua women.
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Minions from Auckland, Sophie Cameron, Morgan Smith and Larissa Pedersen.
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Scots Andre Hoggard, Caitlin Williams, Paige Kenning and Kit Bradley.
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Dennis Watling comes to the Sevens each year - for the rugby - and was prepared for the rain.
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A belly dancer is escorted out of Westpac Stadium.
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Richie Benaud fans Henry Cameron, left, Richie Ball and Choi Jackson.
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These fans got especially pixellated for the occasion.

In the other semifinal Fiji will play South Africa after the side's advanced in contrasting quarterfinals over Argentina and Australia respectively.

New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens will be pleased after his side continued their water-tight defence against Canada even after replacement George Tilsley was sinbinned with two minutes to play.

Playmaker Gillies Kaka had opened the scoring when he sold a dummy and skipped away from the defence following a strong midfield surge from Lam.

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Phil Tanuvasa is resplendent in his clone outfit.
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A gaggle of birds about to enter the stadium on day two.
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Penguins were comfortable in the cool conditions on day two.
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Caryn de Horatrus and Kevin Marshall.
Wellington Sevens costumes 2014: day two
Fans enjoy the atmosphere during day two.
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The Carousals, (from left) Steph Murray, Victoria Wallace, Emma Hickey and Kate Kelly.
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Fans soak up the atmosphere on day two.
Sevens costumes day two
The Kinder Surprises: Anna Zobel, left, Wiebke Liebich and Laura Benecke.
Sevens costumes day two
Fans dressed as the grumpy old men from the The Muppets.

Bryce Heem then dived on a Canadian fumble from the kick off with Sherwin Stowers and captain DJ Forbes releasing Curry for the second try and a 12-0 buffer after Kaka's wide conversion was successful.

The second half was a stop start affair with injuries, a television match official ruling on a no-try to Tim Mikkelson and Tilsley's sin bin slowing the match to a virtual halt.

Tilsley returned just in time to score on the final whistle after an electric run up the middle by Akira Ioane, who would have done well to hold on and stretch for the line, but instead heaved a pass backwards.

Cama capped the match with a sideline conversion.

Earlier, England became the first side through to the Cup semifinals after a 21-5 win over Samoa.

Fale So'oialo opened the scoring for Samoa, who looked more comfortable than England in the wet conditions and took a 5-0 lead into halftime.

However, England had more pace in their ranks and after inexplicably spilling the ball in the first half Marcus Watson didn't miss his second opportunity after the break to put his side up 7-5.

Phil Burgess then galloped in under the posts for a second converted try and Watson grabbed his second when Samoa turned the ball over and he scooted down the side of a ruck to seal the match.

Fiji continued to look a side on top of their game with five tries against Argentina. The usual suspects Benito Masilevu, Emosi Mulevoro and the IRB World Series leading try scorer Samisoni Viriviri all got on the scoresheet.

South Africa ground out a 10-0 win over Australia with tries to Cecil Afrika and Werner Kok, but do not look as comfortable as some in the wet and greasy conditions.

New Zealand 24 (Scott Curry 2, Gillies Kaka, George Tilsley tries, Kaka con, Tomasi Cama con) Canada 0. HT:12-0. 

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