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All Blacks Sevens crush England

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/12/2016

Veteran DJ Forbes scored two tries as the All Blacks Sevens overwhelmed England 33-7 to top their pool at the Cape Town world sevens series tournament.

The New Zealand side, which only finished eighth at last week's tournament in Dubai, had earlier beaten Argentina and drawn with Canada.

They will play Kenya in the quarter-finals.

Forbes' second half double against England came after the sides were locked at 7-7 at half-time.

Sherwin Stowers had got the New Zealanders level after England captain Tom Mitchell had scored the opener.

Tim Mikkelson dotted down when England were down to six men when Daniel Bibby was sin-binned before Forbes crossed for his 139th world sevens series try.

England conceded a penalty try and lost James Rodwell to the bin for a high tackle before Forbes's second rounded out the scoring.

Interim head coach Scott Waldrom said they had learnt from last week's disappointment.

"I'm really pleased to see how these guys got up and showed what they can do. We haven't had a lot of time together, so the experience last week helped and if they keep playing like this they can take anyone," he said.

They had earlier let a 14-0 lead against Canada slip, conceding a last minute try to Justin Douglas to draw 19-19.

The side kicked off their tournament with a 26-12 win over Argentina.

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