Sir Gordon Tietjens' famed record with the NZ Sevens team took a big dent today with a 14-42 drubbing at the hands of 2016 bogey team USA.
Leading at one point in the first half, the defending World Series champs imploded, allowing a run of six unanswered tries to the the American speedsters and issue doubts about the Rio Games chances.
Experimentation has been a new ingredient for Tietjens' team in 2016 and only now has his team been close to a final selection.
USA went on to come third in the event after beating Fiji in their playoff 26-19.
Fiji secured the overall World Series title with their qualification into the quarter-finals.