All Blacks Sevens go unbeaten on day one

Canada Sevens     11 Mar 2018     Canada Sevens

After a fifth place finish in Las Vegas, the All Blacks Sevens needed to make an early statement in Vancouver but were caught napping in their first match against Scotland. The Clark Laidlaw-coached side were left with plenty of work to do as Scotland leapt to a 14-0 lead after just two minutes.


Trael Joass scored in the fourth minute to halt Scotland’s early momentum before Captain Scott Curry and Regan Ware crossed for doubles to grab the high-scoring 31-26 victory.

The second win of the day came slightly easier against Russia as Joe Ravouvou crossed for an impressive hat-trick in the 31-5 victory.

Old rivals and World Series leaders South Africa were the final opponent of the day in a clash that would decide who tops Pool D.

There was to be no repeat of the slow start the side had against Scotland earlier in the day as the All Blacks Sevens shot out to a 21-0 lead after six minutes following tries to Scott Curry, Dylan Collier and Ngarohi McGarvey-Black.
Despite some desperate attack that reaped a brace of tries, there was to be no comeback for the Blitz Bokke as the All Blacks Sevens held on for a 33-14 win to top the pool.

It was an impressive statement from the All Blacks Sevens to end the day. But they know they will need every ounce of that form against USA in the Cup quarterfinal.

USA are on a high after winning their home tournament in Las Vegas last week and will be desperate to secure North American domination with victory in Vancouver.

Australia stunned USA late in the day to top Pool A and will face a tough test against South Africa in the quarterfinals.

It was a close contest in Pool B with England, Argentina and Samoa all ending equal on points but England and Argentina getting through on points differential. England will face Kenya in their quarterfinal while Argentina will face the unbeaten Fiji.

Tune into SKY Sport pop-up channel 2 to see the All Blacks Sevens take on USA at 7.52am on Monday.