All Blacks Sevens want more ball

The All Blacks Sevens tackled their way into the final of the opening round of the world series in Dubai.

Now captain Scott Curry wants them to go one better in Cape Town and do it by attacking.

The New Zealanders made an encouraging start to the 10-leg circuit last weekend under new coach Clark Laidlaw, going further than in any tournament last season.

An unbeaten pool run was followed by tight knockout wins over Kenya and England before going down 24-12 to defending series champs South Africa.

However, Curry noted they did it in an unorthodox way.

"We defended for a lot of that tournament so, for us, gaining possession is going to be a work-on," he said.

"Sevens is a tough game, especially when you're defending. We made it hard for ourselves. A bit more possession and we'll be right."

Curry's men face the United States, Australia and Spain in pool play on Sunday morning (NZT).

Conserving energy by holding onto more ball in those games will be a priority, particularly if they are to overcome the highly-favoured Blitzboks on home soil on day two.

"I'm definitely proud of how we played in Dubai and making the final with the limited possession that we had. If we had more possession, we could go a step further," Curry said.

"A positive is that we had time to work on our defence and our defensive structures."

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