New Zealand thrash Japan to get off to perfect start at Singapore Sevens

New Zealand have gotten their Singapore Sevens campaign off to the perfect start, thrashing Japan 43-0.

Coming into the tournament having dropped to third in the World Sevens Series standings, New Zealand needed to make their presence felt early on, and got the ball rolling in style as Regan Ware finished off a clinical set piece with help from Kurt Baker.

Jona Nareki was the next to cross over and score, finishing off a 75-metre play between himself and Tone Ng Shiu to double the All Blacks Sevens' lead after just four minutes.

New Zealand would prove devastating on the counter, with Kurt Baker the next to score, before Ware's second saw the All Blacks Sevens take an imposing 26-0 lead into the break.

The halftime interval didn't bring any respite for Japan, with Andrew Knewstubb latching onto a perfect chip through the defence by Joe Webber.

Knewstubb would have a double with his second try in as many minutes, this time Baker again providing the assist.

Joe Ravouvou would have the final say, showing too much pace for a ragged Japan defence, racing away to score New Zealand's final try, and sealing a 43-0 victory.

New Zealand will play their pool matches against Spain and Samoa later this afternoon.