All Blacks Sevens to meet Fiji again in quarters

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Lynn McConnell     04 Feb 2017     Getty Images

Their reward will be another quarter-final against Fiji who beat them at the same stage in last weekend's tournament in Wellington.

Tim Mikkelson said it had been challenging weather and they hadn't played in heat like that in Sydney for a while.

"You need to get the ball to beat Fiji and if we can get the ball from the kick-offs we can make it a contest and really go forward on attack," he said.

Recovery was a huge part of the preparation and after each game the players were in ice baths for about eight minutes and hydration was important as well because some players had been cramping up and the forecast was for an even hotter day on Sunday.

In the other quarter-finals, Australia will play Wales, England will play Argentina and the United States will play South Africa.

Scotland scored first with Gavin Lowe crossing after New Zealand were penalised for tackling a man without the ball. New Zealand waited four minutes to get their hands on the ball but in spite of an attacking run Vilimoni Koroi lost the ball in a tackle.

Finally, with just over a minute remaining, DJ Forbes made a try-saving tackle on Mark Robertson close to New Zealand's goal-line and then took the ball before linking with Scott Curry and Tim Mikkelson with Curry doubling around in support to take the pass from Mikkelson to score. The scores were tied 7-7 at halftime.

Regan Ware's introduction brought immediate reward after a lineout win. He had a strong run down the right flank and threw inside where the ball deflected off a Scotland hand into the waiting hands of Tim Mikkelson who raced untroubled for the goal-line to score.

Earlier, Sione Molia opened the scoring against Papua New Guinea courtesy of a good pass from Andrew Knewstubb who was making his starting debut for the side. Knewstubb was in the try scoring action soon after when playing one off the ruck and stepping the PNG defence.

PNG scored on half-time with a superb breakout move saw Henry Kahlua cross for his first try for his side to go to the break 7-12 down.

That seemed to rock the New Zealanders into better action when the second half started and Sherwin Stowers was able to cross in the corner while Rocky Khan helped the cause with a superb sideline conversion.

Taking advantage of superior fitness New Zealand crossed again after a PNG turnover when Gairo Kapana lost the ball after a sharp break. The ball was moved for Regan Ware and Dylan Collier to combine to get Collier over wide out to extend the lead to 26-7.

It was Ware who sealed the win with a minute remaining as New Zealand claimed a 31-7 win.

The All Blacks Sevens won their first game by beating Australia 26-14. The scores were level at 14-14 at the break, Australia having been awarded a penalty try and then scoring when Iopu Iopu-Aso was off the field in the sin-bin.

New Zealand had opened the scoring after Tim Mikkelson secured a breakdown which allowed 18-year-old Koroi to work his magic with a dummy and then sprint around the defence to score.

From the restart Mikkelson secured the ball when Australia were unable to claim the ball and raced straight to the line for a try.

In the second half Stowers broke the deadlock when pulling off a neat intercept as Australia tried to create an opening.

The introduction of Molia resulted in a strong run down the sideline after good work by Dylan Collier and when Molia was tackled it was Rocky Khan who was on hand to claim the try.