The Springbok Sevens must cut out mistakes if they want to win Olympic gold.
The Blitzbokke were stunned by Scotland with a 27-26 win in the London Sevens Cup final on Sunday.
The Scots had a 10-7 lead at the break, but South Africa overhauled them to lead 26-15 with two minutes to play.
And they just couldn’t keep out the Scots’ late rally.
Springbok Sevens captain Philip Snyman says: “We are very disappointed in the way we finished it here tonight.
“We were caught napping at the end and paid the price. We also made too many errors.
“So are keen to improve on that with the Olympics the next aim for us.”
The Blitzbokke finished second overall in the World Sevens Series behind Fiji, who South Africa beat in the semifinal and along with New Zealand will be their main rivals in Rio de Janeiro this August.
Snyman applauded Fiji for winning the series, saying: “They needed to slip up early, but unfortunately for us, they did not, so congratulations to them.
“It was still a great year for us, but there was one of two wins that escaped us and had we claimed them, our lives would have been made much easier. I am still very proud of the boys.”