South Africa’s Blitzbokke failed miserably in their quest to successfully defend their Commonwealth Games gold medal in Australia.
After being knocked out by Fiji in the semifinal (24-19), the 2014 Commonwealth Games winners then failed to make it to the podium after being outplayed 21-14 by England in the bronze playoff Sunday.
New Zealand won gold in the event after beating Fiji 14-0 in the final.
Powell admits that his team is heartbroken, saying: “It was a very disappointing performance and not what we wanted to achieve for Team South Africa.
“We just did not deliver and were not good enough on the day.
“Our attack did not function as earlier in the year and we gave both Fiji and England opportunities to score points.”
Still leaders in the Sevens Series, Powell says they will learn from their performance in in the Gold Coast.
He adds: “We had three big objectives this year, and the fact that we failed in the first will make us more determined to succeed in the other two.
“We are still leading the World Rugby Sevens Series with four tournaments to go, so we will put a lot of effort into that.
“The World Cup Sevens in July is also another one we targeted to do well, so hard work awaits.”
A disappointed captain, Philip Snyman, meanwhile says: “We played well on the first day, but on Sunday, when it mattered, we did not.”