South Africa were left to fight Japan for bronze in the Olympic Sevens last night.
The Blitzbokke wasted their chances in a disappointing 7-5 semifinal defeat to Great Britain.
SA drew first blood in the third minute through skipper Kyle Brown after some brilliant play by Phillip Snyman, who offloaded after winning a loose ball on the ground.
Rosko Specman was stopped by Dan Norton close to the line as they Bokke tried to put the hammer down ahead of the break.
But it remained scoreless for the rest of the half as both sides put in thunderous tackles in an intense contest.
The Brits hit back at the start of the second half when the ball went wide to Norton.
The speedster caught Dylan Sage flat-footed as he lined up the UCT star and sent him the wrong way with a stunning sidestep before leaving the Bokke in his wake to dot down under posts.
Team GB were 7-5 ahead thanks to the conversion.
With SA trailing, Justin Geduld showed little patience as he forced the issue and got caught isolated a number of times.
Cheslin Kolbe fluffed a chance to druk in the hoek, before Juan de Jongh threw a forward pass to give the Brits a chance to clear.
Fiji’s rugby sevens team ensured they would win the nation’s first Olympic medal of any sort after beating Japan 20-5 and reaching the final against Team GB.