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All Blacks Sevens set up historic meeting with Portugal

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irbsevens.com and James Mortimer     01 Dec 2012     Getty Images

Two of the three new core teams on this season's HSBC Sevens World Series now face quarter finals with Kenya and New Zealand respectively.

The current Series leaders Fiji, as well as second placed New Zealand, ended day one with a 100% record and await France, whilst Wales play Samoa in the Cup.

England, who finished third in last year's Series, missed out on a place in the Cup quarters for a second successive round, along with South Africa and Australia.

It's the first time South Africa have failed to reach the Cup Quarter Finals in the HSBC Sevens World Series since way back in 2001 in Wellington.

Wales claimed their spot in the Cup Quarter Finals with a commanding 22-5 win over Russia in their final match with captain Rhys Shellard crossing for a hat trick. This followed their hard fought 14-7 defeat over Argentina earlier in the day.

But the group belonged to the All Blacks Sevens who remained unbeaten on Day One with wins over Wales, Russia and Argentina (17-7) in their final match.

Earlier on in dreadful conditions, with the rain pouring down, New Zealand showed their class to overcome an early Ifan Evans try for Wales to score a 14-7 victory thanks to second half tries to Tomasi Cama and Kurt Baker.

A late try to Francisco Merello saw Argentina win 17-10 in their opening game over a committed and skilful Russian team who scored tries through Vladislav Lazarenko and Denis Simplikevich. Simplikevich was impressive on the day, finishing among the top try scorers with three tries.

In the other pool match Russia threatened briefly to pull off a major upset before late tries to Cama and Milford Keresoma saw New Zealand defeat them 31-14.

New Zealand were one of only three undefeated teams on Day One, along with Canada and Fiji, and they will face giant killers Portugal in the Cup Quarter Finals while Wales will face Samoa in the Cup Quarters.

Russia will go through to the Bowl tomorrow where they face a tough assignment against South Africa while Argentina also have a tough match against England in their Bowl Quarter Final.