1 Dec 2012

Sport: NZ, Samoa and Fiji book a Cup quarter-final at Sevens

8:27 am on 1 December 2012

The All Blacks Sevens have won all three of their pool games in the second round of the rugby World Series in Dubai.

The New Zealand men beat Argentina 17-7, Russia 31-14 and Wales 14-7 to book a Cup quarter-final against surprise packages Portugal.

The Portugese edged England 22-21, shocked South Africa 12-10 before falling to pool winners Samoa, 24-19.

Samoa play Wales next. In the other Cup quarter-finals, Canada face Kenya and Fiji play France.

Meanwhile, the New Zealand women's rugby sevens team has had a big win and two tight draws on the opening day of their inaugural World Series tournament at Dubai.

They thrashed China 31-0 before drawing 12-12 with Russia, then also drew 12-12 with Canada to book second spot in the group behind Russia.

New Zealand now play England in the Cup quarter-finals.