Kiwis, Springboks cruise in Malaysia 7s
April 28, 2002

New Zealand steamrolled through their preliminary group on Saturday in the Malaysian leg of the International Rugby Board's World Seven Series.

With a third world title already cinched, the New Zealanders looked entirely capable of winning the Malaysian leg for the first time, sweeping Group A by defeating Canada (38-5), host Malaysia (43-0) and Wales (24-5).

Wales trounced the home side (43-5) and overcame Canada (21-7) to grab the group's second spot in the quarterfinals.

Fiji topped Group B, shutting out Scotland (24-0) and Singapore (48-0) and beating Samoa (24-7). The Samoans crushed Singapore (59-0) and drew with Scotland (12-12) to take second on tries average.

South Africa, which came to Malaysia second in the World Sevens Series with an unassailable 42-point deficit behind New Zealand, headed Group C with wins over South Korea (41-5), Taiwan (31-12) and Argentina (12-0).

The Argentines finished second in the group, smashing Taiwan (45-7) and South Korea (27-5).

Australia swept Thailand (40-5), Japan (26-7) and England (14-7) to top Group D, with the English pulling up second, beating Japan (31-0) and Thailand (34-0).

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