10 May 2015

NZ Sevens one win from Rio

10:20 am on 10 May 2015

The New Zealand Sevens team will qualify for next year's Rio Olympic Games if they can reach tomorrow's semi-finals at the Glasgow leg of the World Series.

The New Zealand sevens captain DJ Forbes in action in Glasgow.

The New Zealand sevens captain DJ Forbes in action in Glasgow. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

New Zealand will face hosts Scotland in tomorrow morning's Cup quarter-finals after topping Pool B with wins over Kenya, Samoa and South Africa.

World Series leaders South Africa will meet second-placed Fiji in the other Cup quarter-final.

New Zealand beat Kenya 22-7 before fighting back from 19-nil down to overcome Samoa 26-19 with Reiko Ioane scoring an impressive hattrick.

The defending World Series champions then defeated South Africa 24-19 in their final pool match to top their group, setting up a quarterfinal clash with hosts Scotland.

New Zealand need to win the tournament to make in-roads on the nine-point lead South Africa have in first place.

Fiji are five points ahead of New Zealand.

In the other quarter finals Canada, who will be looking for a second successive top four finish, will meet fourth-placed England, and fifth-placed Australia await the United States.

South Africa became the first side to book their place at Rugby Sevens' debut in the Olympic Games next year with their qualification for the Cup competition, before Fiji joined them thanks to Scotland booking their place in the Cup competition with a 12-7 victory over Wales.

New Zealand can also qualify for Rio by reaching tomorrow's Glasgow semi-finals.

"It's a big moment for us," said South Africa's Frankie Horne.

"We are very privileged to have made it this far. We have worked hard this season to qualify and it's an historical event for the game of sevens to be in the Olympics."

"We thoroughly deserve it but it's a great privilege and a great honour for us to be there and represent the game of sevens"