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Unbeaten All Blacks Sevens reach quarters

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/04/2016

New Zealand have saved their best for last in pool play at the Hong Kong Sevens, outclassing Samoa 28-10.

Speedy winger Regan Ware bagged a first-half double for the All Blacks Sevens, who are unbeaten through the first two days heading into a quarter-final against Fiji or Wales.

Gillies Kaka and Sonny Bill Williams also crossed for New Zealand, who were less comfortable in their first two pool games.

They ground past Kenya 5-0 and had to come from behind to beat France 19-17 in their opening match on Friday.

DJ Forbes scored the only try against Kenya in the dying minutes, an appropriate act in a significant tournament for the former New Zealand captain.

The 33-year-old is playing at his 79th world series tournament, equalling the record held by former Samoan playmaker Uale Mai.

New Zealand won both games on Saturday without skipper Tim Mikkelson, who sprained his ankle in the France game and is ruled out of the tournament.

Mikkelson scored two tries as his team came back from 17-0 down against the French, with Kurt Baker also crossing in the second spell.

Series leaders and Hong Kong defending champions Fiji are also unbeaten through two games but South Africa, who are second overall in the series, suffered a shock 21-14 loss to England in their opening game.

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