NZ sevens side ease into Port Elizabeth quarters
The New Zealand sevens side have breezed through pool play in the Port Elizabeth stop on the IRB World Sevens Series.
Sherwin Stowers scored six tries in three Pool C matches as New Zealand shut-out Portugal 43-0 and beat the USA 43-7 and Wales 48-7 at Port Elizabeth Bay Stadium.
Stowers had a first-half hat-trick, while Gillies Kaka also scored three tries and added four conversions for a personal points haul of 23 points against the USA in their second match.
Earlier, Stowers and Ambrose Curtis each scored twice, while DJ Forbes, Sam Dickson and Tomasi Cama also crossed the linein the shutout of Portugal for the second straight tournament.
Stowers scored his sixth for the day against Wales, but it was Tomasi Cama and Joe Webber who scored twice each, with Cama adding four conversions for 18 points.
New Zealand, who will play Kenya in the quarterfinals at 12.01am Monday (NZ time), out-scored their pool opponents 134-14.
NEW ZEALAND RESULTS
New Zealand 48 (Tomasi Cama 2, Joe Webber 2, Sam Dickson, DJ Forbes, Lote Raikabuia, Sherwin Stowers tries; Cama 4 con) Wales 7 (Samuel Cross try; Rhys Jones con). HT: 26-7
New Zealand 43 (Sherwin Stowers 3, Gillies Kaka 3, Lote Raikabula tries; Kaka 4 con) USA 7 (Carlin Isles try; Folau Niua con). HT: 22-7
New Zealand 43 (Sherwin Stowers 2, Ambrose Curtis 2, DJ Forbes, Sam Dickson, Tomasi Cama tries; Cama 3 con, Gillies Kaka con) Portugal 0. HT: 24-0