3 Feb 2018

All Blacks three up in Hamilton Sevens

9:34 pm on 3 February 2018

The New Zealand men's rugby sevens team made it three from three on day one of the inaugural Hamilton World Sevens series tournament

 Caleb Clarke heads for the line against France

Caleb Clarke heads for the line against France Photo: Photosport

The All Blacks sevens beat Argentina 17-12 in their third match of the day. The South Americans lead at half time 12-5, but the New Zealanders kept them scoreless in the second period to take the game.

They swept past Scotland 24-5 in their second pool game with captain Scott Curry, Tim Mikkleson, Vilimoni Koroi and Sam Dickson all crossing the Scottish line.

New league recruit Etene Nanai-Seturo made strong impression before he was sidelined with a head injury.

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Earlier New Zealand convincingly won their first pool match against France 52-7 after leading 28-0 at the break.

Sevens veteran Tim Mikkelson scored one of the All Blacks ten tries, taking him past 1000 points in World Sevens competitions.

The New Zealand team, currently placed second in the World Series, is seeking to regain momentum after being knocked out by Australia in last weekend's quarter finals of the Sydney tournament.

They play Scotland and Argentina in their other pool matches.

South Africa, the current world champions and series leaders, started pool play with a 36-5 victory over Papua new Guinea.

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