All Blacks Sevens coach Scott Waldrom says New Zealand is not in a position to take any country lightly on the World circuit.
New Zealand finished the Singapore leg a disappointing fifth this morning, while Canada recorded their first ever World Rugby Sevens tournament victory, after beating the USA 26-19 in the final.
Waldrom said despite picking themselves up after an early upset to Canada, that quarter-final boil-over undid them.
"We scraped ourselves back off the ground. We played well against the Kenyan team that played well this tournament and in the end to beat a strong South African team with only two men on the bench was some pretty gutsy stuff, but in the end it still goes back to that quarter-final [against Canada] and the hurt of losing that."
He said they were still searching for consistency.
"You know we get up when we know it's a big game and we don't quite front in games that we think we should win. We're not in a position to take any team lightly.
"You look at the final, you've got USA verses Canada, I don't think too many people would have thought that. So we certainly need to improve that and make sure we're consistent in six games."
New Zealand beat kenya 24-21 in the 5th place semi final before beating South Africa 17-12 to earn a 5th place finish.
New Zealand remain fourth overall on the ladder with two rounds remaining in the international series, behind South Africa, Fiji, and England.