TOKYO (AP) — Sherwin Stowers scored three tries in the first half as world series leader New Zealand coasted to a 41-5 win over Japan on Saturday to clinch a spot in the Tokyo Sevens quarterfinals.

Gordon Tietjens' side beat France 26-7 in its first game and had little trouble with the hosts in its second match, taking a 17-5 lead at the break. Japan's only points came on a try by Jamie Henry in the first half at Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground.

Defending Tokyo Sevens champion Australia also advanced by beating Argentina 31-0 and England 26-19.

Fiji, which successfully defended its Hong Kong Sevens title on Sunday, defeated South Africa 29-12 before they were made to work hard in a 17-5 win against a spirited Spain. Fiji trails New Zealand by 25 points in the series standings with two tournaments after Tokyo remaining.

Samoa, third in the standings four points behind Fiji, also advanced with a 31-21 win over England and a 17-14 victory over Argentina.

Scotland was the other undefeated team on Saturday after it beat Wales 12-10 and Kenya 12-0.


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