23 May 2010

NZ draw with Kenya at London Sevens, draw Samoa in quarters

9:23 am on 23 May 2010

The New Zealand rugby sevens team's drawn its third pool game with Kenya 19-19 at the London Sevens, after two opening wins, 35-12 over Portugal and a 43-5 thrashing of Wales.

New Zealand now face title rivals Samoa in the quarter-finals after the World Series leaders suffered their first defeat in 21 matches against Argentina.

Only Australia can still boast a 100% record in the competition after they produced a stellar performance to beat the hosts and defending champions England 38-5 in the final pool match.

Reigning champions South Africa came from behind to draw with Fiji and top their group and face the hosts in the last eight, while in-form Australia will play Fiji.

In the fourth quarter final Wales will play Argentina in a replay of last year's Rugby World Cup Sevens final.

With just two events left to play in the 2009/10 IRB Sevens World Series Samoa currently lead the standings for the first time, three points clear of eight-time winners New Zealand.