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NZ through to sevens quarter-finals

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 21/05/2016

Rieko Ioane of New Zealand attacks the Argentina defence during the HSBC London Sevens at Twickenham Stadium on May 21, 2016 © Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images Rieko Ioane of New Zealand attacks the Argentina defence during the HSBC London Sevens at Twickenham Stadium on May 21, 2016 Despite a late 14-14 draw with Argentina, the All Blacks Sevens have qualified top of their pool in the final world series tournament at Twickenham in London.

They will meet the United States in the quarter-finals after battling back from a 7-14 halftime deficit against Argentina in their final pool match.

The memory of last week's 17-19 quarter-final loss to Argentina at the Paris Sevens was still fresh for the New Zealanders, who fell behind through first-half tries to Rodrigo Etchart and Franco Sabato.

Rieko Ioane crossed for his sixth try of the tournament to keep the All Blacks Sevens in touch at the break, and also featured in Regan Ware's late second-half try which was converted by Gillies Kaka right on the final whistle.

The New Zealanders had won both their other pool matches easily, thumping Brazil 31-0 and Russia 33-10.

Despite a first-up 31-10 loss to England, Fiji beat Wales 42-5 and Australia 26-0 in their other pool matches to make the quarter-finals and claim back-to-back world series sevens titles.

They hold an unassailable lead on 166 points, 15 ahead of second-placed South Africa, with New Zealand third on 145.

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