AllBlacks Sevens beaten by Blitzbokke
James Mortimer 14 Oct 2012 Getty Images
The South Africans join hosts Australia and Samoa as the only unbeaten teams, with the home team beating Fiji 15-14 in their final pool match to progress, while Samoa defeated England 19-17 to wrap up top spot in their pool.
The Blitzbokke had a 31-7 lead against the reigning World Series champions, a command performance against a New Zealand squad fielding six debutants.
The All Blacks Sevens were able to score two converted tries in the final three minutes to give the scoreline some respectability, but there will be some concern that the South Africans were able to be so dominant even allowing for the fact they rested captain Kyle Brown and halfback Branco du Preez.
While captain Forbes, Lote Raikabula, Tim Mikkelson, Mark Jackman, Kylem O'Donnell and reigning IRB Sevens Player of the Year, Tomasi Cama, are in the squad, the other half of the All Blacks Sevens squad are making their debut at Sevens highest table.
The quarter-final draw for Day Two of the Gold Coast Sevens:
South Africa vs. France
Samoa vs. Fiji
Argentina vs. New Zealand
Australia vs. Kenya
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