The All Blacks 7 will face Fiji in a tough Games semi-final
The All Blacks seven comfortably beat Kenya 31-0 in the quarter-finals of the Commonwealth Games to earn the right to face Fiji in the semi-finals.
It was a victory at Coventry based on New Zealand’s vastly superior attack, with Regan Ware dotting the tries either side of half-time, but also their defence.
Kenya impressed with their defense at this tournament but New Zealand’s were much better and it was hard to remember they had missed a tackle in the over 14 minutes of play.
Indeed, the first half totaled over nine minutes, with the All Blacks’ seven, up 5-0 and keen to capitalize on their wealth of possession at the end of the first half, scoring via Ware two minutes after halftime.
Ngarohi McGarvey-Black opened the scoring for New Zealand with just over three minutes left in the first half after a solid run from Scott Curry.
New Zealand, who have never failed to qualify for the Commonwealth Games men’s sevens final, will have a very difficult mission in Fiji, but they have in-form assets with forwards Curry and Sam Dickson, both men who exhausted the Kenyan defense in the first half. through the frankness of their game and the impact of their tackles.
With momentum and a 12-0 half-time lead on their side, as well as the referee, who heavily penalized Kenya during the breakdown, New Zealand could afford to navigate a bit but they did. kept up the intensity to score three more tries, two of which were converted by McGarvey-Black.
First, Ware was finished after a long pass from Joe Webber, then, as New Zealand mixed up their attack with a wide kick, Curry scored a deserved five.
Fellow countryman Dylan Collier, also increasingly influential, sealed what amounted to a rout with a converted try.
The big win came about an hour after all seven Black Ferns were knocked out of gold medal contention by Australia in a 17-12 semi-final victory. They will face Canada for a bronze medal.