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All Blacks Sevens captain DJ Forbes wary of South Africa

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irbsevens.com     03 May 2014     Getty Images

That win over England in the final of the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens ensured the All Blacks Sevens head into the final two rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Glasgow and London leading the Series and on course to win a 12th title in 15 seasons.

But with South Africa, a side they face in the pool stages at Scotstoun Stadium this weekend, only seven points behind, their captain is aware of not getting too carried away.

"We don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves, we have been behind before and still come away with the World Series win," said Forbes.

"Having South Africa in our pool is a game-changer, it is going to be huge. They know to give themselves a better chance at winning the World Series the best way is to have us in their pool.

"It will be one of the biggest matches of our season. We are always about the World Series not individual tournaments and whatever happens this weekend you could predict who is going to be there in the end."

Having been injured at the end of the 2012/13 season, Forbes watched on proudly from home as his teammates collected the London Sevens and World Series titles at Twickenham.

Twelve months on and Forbes is back at his best, excited by the prospects that lie ahead.

"I wasn't here last year, and it (lifting Cups) never gets old," said Forbes.

"It's hard to say (if I am in the form of my life), the boys around me are doing their jobs. I haven't tried any harder this year, but a few things have gone my way and being in the thick of the action you get a few more mentions.

"Just to be part of the team is an honour and at my age running around with some of these schoolboys is a pleasing thing and hopefully I have a few more years to go.

"If we do our jobs right then the ultimate prize is another World Series title I can lift. It seems so close, but if we are not on our toes it will slip away."

Forbes and his teammates do enjoy travelling to Scotland, having won three of the last seven tournaments here despite losing 28-21 to the Blitzbokke 12 months ago, and the captain drew similarities between his country and the one they are visiting this week.

"It is always good to come back here, it is a very passionate country, and they are just as proud about rugby as we are.

"We all know it started in Melrose so there a lot of players here paying respect to where it all started so what a great opportunity."