The Blitzboks looked well on course to finally break their Hong Kong Sevens drought after going unbeaten through their pool.
But Sunday turned out to be a nightmare of epic proportions for the South Africans, as Neil Powell’s team crashed out 21-12 to USA in the Cup quarter-finals, and then were stunned 19-17 by Argentina in the Plate semi-finals.
Their World Series title hopes are now all but over, although Powell will be somewhat relieved that there hasn’t been any change to his team’s log position.
The Blitzboks remain nine points (99) ahead of England in the crucial fourth place – with the top four automatically qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics – after the English also lost at the same stages as the South Africans in Hong Kong.
“It was another tough weekend for us. We didn’t reach that potential and that place where we want to be at. We took a couple of step-ups in the pool games, and then a couple of steps down (in the playoffs),” stand-in captain Siviwe Soyizwapi said.