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All Blacks Sevens back on track

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Lynn McConnell     11 Dec 2016     World Rugby

They qualified with a 33-7 win over England who beat them in the opening round a week ago in Dubai. New Zealand will play Kenya in their quarter-final on Sunday.

New Zealand veteran Tim Mikkelson said they had been on a receiving end of a lesson from England last week.

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"We knew going into that game that we probably had to win to make it to the Cup so we're really pleased with that performance," he said.

New Zealand couldn't have had a worse start, losing Sherwin Stowers to a yellow card in the second minute.

But they defended well before Stowers partly redeemed himself by scoring their first try with Khan adding the conversion to go to the break at 7-7.

England then lost Daniel Bibby to a yellow card and New Zealand pounced with Tim Mikkelson and DJ Forbes scoring within two minutes of each other. James Rodwell, who became England's most capped player in his 71st tournament, was given a yellow card with a penalty try awarded which was followed by a second try to Forbes as New Zealand claimed their 33-7 win.
In their opening game the New Zealanders saw Argentina score first but then responded with tries to Tim Mikkelson and Stowers to be up 14-7 at the break.

Rocky Khan scored immediately after the restart and while Argentina got one back Iopu Iopu scored in the last minute to give New Zealand a winning start.

Up 14-0 against Canada after tries to Mikkelson and Stowers again, New Zealand then lost Dylan Collier to a yellow card which allowed Canada to score their first to go to the break down 7-14.

Canada added the first try of the second half but missed the conversion. Sione Molia crossed midway through the spell with Khan adding the conversion. Canada scored in the last minute to equalise leaving New Zealand needing to beat England, who had beaten Canada 33-10, in their last pool game to qualify.

The All Blacks Sevens take on Kenya at 11.26pm on Sunday 11 December (NZT) in the Cup quarterfinal. Tune into Sky Sport channel 58 to watch LIVE.