- NZ Sevens dispose of Portugal
- All Black Sevens suffer record loss in Dubai
New Zealand have put memories of their disastrous finish at Dubai last week behind them, cruising through pool play at the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens at Port Elizabeth.
Well beaten by Fiji at the semifinal stage in their last outing, the All Blacks Sevens were clinical in their defence of of the South Africa title, running up 134 points in their three preliminary games.
After overwhelming Portugal 42-0 in their opener, the Kiwis headed the United States 43-7 and then former world champions Wales 48-7 to pass unbeaten their pool.
Portugal were surprise qualifiers for the quarterfinals, shocking the Welsh 28-17 in their pivotal clash.
Speedsters Sherwin Stowers and Ambrose Curtis had a pair of tries each againts the Portugese in their first outing, with Tomasi Cama, Sam Dickson and captain DJ Forbes also crossing.
Stowers and Gillies Kaka had three each against the Americans, while Cama and Joe Webber had a double each against Wales.
New Zealand will face Kenya in their quarterfinal at 10pm today.
In other pools, England were a shock elimination from the business end of the tournament, falling to Argentina and Samoa, while Australia also found themselves on the outside, after losing to Fiji and France.