NZ, England, Fiji, South Africa top pools at Sydney Sevens

Katsuyuki Sakai of Japan, right, is tackled by Ruaridh McConnochie of England during their match at the World Rugby Sevens Series in Sydney Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
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SYDNEY (AP) Fiji and South Africa remained the form teams of the World Rugby Sevens Series and favorites for the first Olympic gold medal in the sport when they swept unbeaten through pool play Saturday in the Sydney Sevens tournament.

New Zealand, which won its home leg of the World Series last weekend, and England also topped their pools at the inaugural Sydney tournament, the fourth of eight legs on the world circuit.

New Zealand, world champions in 12 of 16 years the World Series has existed, needed a converted try in stoppage time to draw 17-17 with Australia in its final match, after trailing 17-5 at halftime.

South Africa will play Argentina, New Zealand will play the United States, Fiji will play Kenya and Australia will play England in Sunday's quarterfinals.