Cape Town - Blitzboks speedster Cecil Afrika was the only South African included in the Dream Team for the USA Sevens in Las Vegas this past weekend.
Blitzboks fail Las Vegas objective
Playing in the fifth place semifinal against Australia, Shujaa gave as good as they got, finally exiting the tournament following a 26-21 sudden death defeat after the two sides had been tied 21-21 at the close of regulation time.
Fiji meet USA while South Africa are up against Argentina in the Cup semi-finals. They then beat Russian Federation by a core of 19-12.
It underlines how the power centre of sevens is moving away from three or four teams to a much wider base since the sport was included in the Olympics.
"We are looking for consistency and given the number of new faces and some injuries, we did well in that regard".
Fiji will now play South Africa in the bronze medal match. We don't only measure ourselves on the results, but also the way we play.
"Obviously‚ we will have to improve come Vancouver‚ but our depth was tested very nicely today".
South Africa skipper Philip Snyman got their fourth try before Bibby's second got England within five points at 24-19 with two minutes remaining, but they were unable to find another despite some late pressing.
After receiving the ball about two metres from his own in-goal, Baker stepped inside one man and onto his own line, before stepping back out to the wing.
They returned fired up and it showed in the scoreline, as de Carpentier bagged his second try as well as Bowen and Mitchell, who also scored five conversions, went over.