The South Africans will be looking to bounce back to winning ways after coming unstuck in their last two knock-out matches at the Sydney Sevens in Australia, where they finished in fourth place despite injuries to several squad members.
Quade Cooper has scored his first Sevens try for Australia in a 36-7 thrashing of England that booked the Thunderbolts a quarter-final berth in Las Vegas.
Unwelcome news for the All Blacks Sevens team just hours after being knocked out of the Las Vegas world series event.
Australia launched their title bid in pool B with a 26-0 demolition of Scotland that included the long-awaited sevens debut for flyhalf Quade Cooper, who has represented the Wallabies 58 times in the 15-man version of the game.
Two tries in the final two minutes, the second converted by Tom Mitchell, gained the draw, but in England’s second match – the last of the day – Joe Nayacavou sealed a superb win for Scotland with a try on the last play of a 24-14 victory that knocked England out of the running for the Cup.
Australia dominated again in their second match, and while another “no look” pass from Cooper failed to go to hand in the later 33-5 victory over Japan, the Australians went over five tries with a double to speedster Greg Jeloudev, and tries to Ed Clark, Pat McCutheon and Allan Fa’alava’au.
“Had we not made a couple of silly errors we might have been right in it”, he said. “We’ve only got 10 fit players and they’re hanging in there and they are working hard for one another”.
Fiji – winners of the season-opening tournament in Dubai – are defending series champions and won past year in Las Vegas.
Meanwhile, Fiji will take on Samoa at 1.19pm tomorrow in their first pool match.
However, for this edition, the Springbok Sevens find themselves in a tough pool consisting of hosts, USA, the strong and physical Canada and tenacious Wales.