New Zealand face Aussies in Glasgow quarters
The New Zealand sevens team have exacted some revenge against South Africa as they reached the quarterfinals in Glasgow.
Gordon Tietjens' side scored three tries in their final pool match to beat South Africa 19-5, gaining some payback for a loss in the Glasgow final last year against the Blitz Boks.
Crusader Adam Whitelock scored late in the first half to give New Zealand a 5-0 lead. After Justin Geduld pulled South Africa level, Akira Ioane then Ben Lam, his third of the day, answered soon after to earn the Kiwis top spot in Pool A and a quarterfinal date with Australia at 10.58pm (NZ time).
South Africa trail New Zealand by seven points in the IRB World Sevens Series standings with two tournaments remaining, so day two could go a long way to determining the season's champion.
The Blitz Boks play hosts Scotland in the third quarterfinal at 11.42pm (NZ time), while Fiji face England at 11.20pm, and Kenya meet Canada in the final quarterfinal at 12.04am (Monday). Should New Zealand advance to the semifinals, they would play at 2.58am, while the final is set for 5.50am Monday (NZ time).
Earlier, New Zealand easily moved through to the showdown with South Africa, defeating Samoa 26-7 and Portugal 38-0 on the opening day
New Zealand had nine different players score their 10 tries in the victories over Samoa and Portugal.
Scott Curry and Lam scored as New Zealand opened up a 14-0 halftime lead against Samoa, before Sherwin Stowers scored just after halftime to effectively end the contest. Gillies Kaka, who kicked three of four conversions, added a late score.
Lam scored his second five-pointer of the day to cap a dominant four-try first half against Portugal, leading 26-0 after other tries to Sam Dickson, Bryce Heem and Tim Mikkelson. Joe Webber, who kicked four of six conversions, added a try soon after the resumption, while Ambrose Curtis finished the scoring after the siren. New Zealand preserved the shut-out despite Kaka being sinbinned in the second half.
NEW ZEALAND RESULTS
New Zealand 19 (Akira Ioane, Adam Whitelock, Ben Lam tries; Gillies Kaka 2 con) South Africa 5 (Justin Geduld try). HT: 5-0
New Zealand 38 (Joe Webber, Ambrose Curtis, Ben Lam, Bryce Heem, Tim Mikkelson, Sam Dickson tries; Webber 4 con) Portugal 0. HT: 26-0
New Zealand 26 (Gillies Kaka, Sherwin Stowers, Scott Curry, Ben Lam tries; Kaka 3 con) Samoa 7 (Faalemiga Selesele try; Sani Niue con). HT: 14-0