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Mixed day for the All Blacks Sevens in Las Vegas

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allblacks.com     03 Mar 2018     Getty Images

The day started in a positive fashion with a dominant 28-7 win over Uruguay. The South Americans were full of energy in the first half and sensed an upset with the halftime score at 7-7. But the Clark Laidlaw-coached New Zealand side upped the tempo in the second half with three converted tries to secure the convincing victory.

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Argentina were always going to cause more problems for the All Blacks Sevens than their South American neighbours and took just one minute to cross the New Zealand line when Gaston Revol crashed over. From there Argentina never relinquished their lead, answering each New Zealand try with a try of their own.

Leading 21-19 with time up on the clock, Argentina had the final say through a try to Luciano Gonzalez to make it 26-19 at the final hooter.

The loss sets up a crunch Pool D clash with Scotland on day two with the winner joining Argentina in the Cup quarterfinals.
Despite the close loss to Argentina, there were plenty of positives for the All Blacks Sevens with Regan Ware picking up a double against Uruguay and Joe Ravouvou looking dangerous in both games.

Elsewhere in the tournament, Fiji sit atop Pool A with two victories. England and South Africa looked good in Pool B with resounding victories over Wales and Canada. Hosts USA were impressive in Pool C with crushing victories over Samoa and Australia to make their title intentions clear.

MATCH SCHEDULE
Sunday 4 March
8.52am (NZT) v Scotland

Monday 5 March
Finals TBC

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