IRB Sevens World Series
Hosts lead way into Wellington quarters
ESPNscrum Staff
February 3, 2012
New Zealand's Solomon King breaks clear of a Samoan tackler, Wellington 7s, HSBC Sevens World Series, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand, February 3, 2012
New Zealand's Solomon King breaks away during their win over Samoa © Getty Images

New Zealand cruised into the quarter-finals of the Wellington Sevens on Friday, maintaining a 100% record in their competitive Pool.

The hosts will be joined in the last eight by minnows Tonga and Canada, while joint IRB Sevens World Series leaders Fiji also made the knockouts despite a surprise loss to their Island rivals.

New Zealand will face France in the quarters, having seen off Samoa 19-7, Scotland 29-7 and Japan 54-0. Skipper DJ Forbes starred with a hat-trick against the Scots, while Tomasi Cama bagged 24 points in their rout of Japan.

Samoa also progress, after a 21-14 win over Scotland and 29-14 result against Japan. The 2010 Series champions face Canada in the last eight.

Pool D went the way of Canada, with France emerging as runners-up. The Canucks defeated France 19-14 and Kenya 21-14 to progress, with France seeing off the Kenyans 26-17 before a 10-10 draw with Australia sent them through.

Tonga will line-up against Ben Ryan's England after topping Pool C. Their vital scalp came against Fiji - two Jack Ram tries securing a 17-14 win - while Argentina were defeated 24-14. Fiji also made it through after a 19-0 shutout of Wales.

The Fijians take on Pool B winners South Africa, who edged a decider against England 14-10. Mark Richards and Branco du Preez crossed for the Blitz Boks, while the Cook Islands and USA both fell by the wayside.

Wellington Sevens, Cup quarter-finals:

New Zealand v France
Tonga v England
Canada v Samoa
South Africa v Fiji

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