Both New Zealand sevens rugby teams today qualified for tomorrow’s semi-finals without any fuss.

The New Zealand women, who were in devastating form on the first day of the tournament, finished pool play today with a 24-7 win over Canada.

There was a flurry of excitement when Canada led 7-5 at halftime, but they were held scoreless in the second half while the New Zealanders went on a tryfest.

For New Zealand, Michaela Blyde scored two tries, with others added by Stacey Waaka and Portia Woodman – her sixth of the tournament. Tyla Nathan-Wong added two conversions.

In the semi-finals, the New Zealand women, Olympic silver medallists in 2016, play England.

Meanwhile, the New Zealand men got their tournament under way with three victories.

First up they smashed Zambia 54-0, with tries by the captain, Scott Curry, Kurt Baker, Andrew Knewstubb, Vilimoni Koroi, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Akuila Rokolisoa, Sione Molia and Tim Mikkelson. Baker, Knewstubb and Rokolisoa kicked 2 conversions each, and Koroi added another. New Zealand led 19-0 at halftime.

The New Zealand men then dealt summarily with Kenya, winning 40-7.

Knewstubb, Koroi, Nanai-Seturo, Molia, Regan Ware and Curry scored tries. Knewstubb and Koroi each kicked two conversions and Baker added another. New Zealand led 19-0 at halftime.

In their final match of the day, the men beat Canada 33-7, after leading 19-0 at halftime.

Ware scored two tries, with others from Baker, Curry and Koroi. Knewstubb kicked three conversions and Baker one.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Andrew Knewstubb Vilimoni Koroi Michaela Blyde Stacey Fluhler Sione Molia Regan Ware Tyla Nathan-Wong Portia Woodman Scott Curry Kurt Baker Tim Mikkelson
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