Sonny Bill Williams made his first start for New Zealand in their second match of the Wellington Sevens, and although he couldn’t add any points to his try in his opening game, a great steal at the breakdown resulted in his side going over the line.
He had little time with the ball again his second game, but was able to produce some magic with his few touches, including a nice out-the-back flick pass that saw the All Blacks get within Scotland’s 22 and his strong work at the breakdown that saw a try.
It was the side’s fifth try as they made easy work of Scotland 27-7 to secure their quarter final place.
Williams scored his debut sevens try in his first sevens match on Saturday morning.
Coming off the bench late into their match against Russia, Williams had just two minutes to make an impression, and despite getting little access to the ball, found himself at the right place at the right time as he ran support behind Augustine Pulu, who flicked the ball behind to Williams to send him over under the posts for his first touch and the final act of the match.
It was the sixth try in the All Black sevens 38-7 rout of the Russian side with Tim Mikkelson, Akira Ioane and Ardie Savea shinning.
Williams had little chance to do much for the side as he watched his team-mates go over twice, before fellow Chiefs team-mate Pulu gave him the late game gift.
“I didn’t really get to do too much, I was just lucky that Auggy did all the pretty stuff,” Williams said. “I was a little bit nervous but I think, more so, uptight. Hopefully I’ll build into the year and learn a bit.”
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