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Defeat to New Zealand in the semi-final had spelled trouble for the England team but the resilience shone through when it mattered most, defeating Olympic champions Fiji in the bronze-medal play-off.

It was the World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year 2016 Seabelo Senatla who showed his tactical awareness for the Blitzboks second, ripping the ball out of a ruck on the Fiji 10 metre line and slipping through the defence untouched.

Timothy Agaba came off the bench to seal the victory for South Africa, as he went over in the final two minutes to score their fourth try to end the match at 24-12.

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The South Africans led 19-0 at half time, but the New Zealanders closed with two tries to Andrew Newstubb and Scott Curry, before the Boks sealed the game with a late try.

After losing to New Zealand in the semifinal, England captain Tom Mitchell, said: "It's tough to take and disgusting to lose but they seized their chances better than we did".

"We let NZ back into the game with a silly yellow card and one or two mistakes towards the end nearly cost us‚" SA captain Snyman said.

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"We had a long pre-season and a few of the guys were involved in 15-man rugby and we have been saying that it's a 'brand new team with some familiar faces'".

In the other semi-final, England captain Tom Mitchell was instrumental in his side's first try, setting up Ruaridh McConnochie off a set piece line out on the New Zealand 10 metre line. "We want to focus on our processes and if we leave the result and the result doesn't go our way then we're still happy", he added.

They were to bounce back in style though as Tom Bowen's kick and burst of energy put them ahead within a minute in their final match against Fiji, the first of five tries scored before the break.

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Australia finished in fifth place by beating Samoa 22-17, while France won the challenge trophy by overcoming Spain 21-12.

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