DISAPPOINTING: Blitzbokke. Photo: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA

It was hartseer once again at the end of the Cape Town Sevens event on Sunday night as the Blitzboks failed to get past six-man Fiji in the semifinal.

Having booked their place in the final four with a quarterfinal win over Scotland (21-12) earlier Sunday, it looked like South Africa were on their way to the final with less than two minutes left to play against Fiji and the scoreboard reading 12-12.

With Vatemo Ravouvou sin-binned for an offside infringement, the Blitzboks had a penalty.

But they conceded possession and, although, Justin Geduld made a great steal, his pass to Branco du Preez was knocked on.

CHAMPS: Cape Town 7s winners Fiji. Photo: Phando Jikelo. African News Agency/ANA

From the resulting scrum, Fiji kept possession and replacement Alosio Naduva then sprinted clear to race home for the match-winning try and break South African hearts.

Coach Neil Powell’s men then faced New Zealand in the Bronze final.

South Africa then showed some fight in their game.

After letting a 21-14 lead slip at the end of their pool match against the Kiwis to lose 26-21 on Saturday, it was the Blitzboks that produced a strong enough display to come back from 5-0 down and win the match 10-5 to claim bronze.

Fiji, meanwhile, beat USA 29-15 in the final to be crowned champions of the SA Sevens leg.

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