2 Apr 2012

Australia take out Tokyo but NZ extend lead

6:34 am on 2 April 2012

Australia has won the Tokyo round of the IRB rugby sevens series, upsetting Samoa 28-26 in the final.

Earlier Samoa beat New Zealand 17-12 in extra time in the semi-finals.

Despite the result Gordon Tietjens' side extends its narrow lead in the overall standings to six points over Fiji with two rounds remaining, after their nearest rivals were beaten in the quarter-finals.

Hosts Scotland have been handed a tough draw in the penultimate round of the series in Glasgow, facing home nation rivals Wales, South Africa and Russia in Pool D.

As Tokyo winners, Australia head Pool A in Glasgow and face opening matches against England, USA and Kenya.

Tokyo runners-up Samoa will play New Zealand, France and Spain in Pool B.

In Pool C series contenders Fiji will start with games against Argentina, Portugal and Zimbabwe.