Canada dropped from Cup contention at the Paris World Rugby Sevens Series with two losses on Saturday, the first day of competition.
South Africa led 10-5 with 4 minutes left in Paris, and solidified their lead with a try at just a minute to play.
"We've been smashed with a lot of injuries - I finished with one fit player outside my 13 - so one reserve in our last game in the Plate final against the U.S., so just a real gutsy weekend really and I was really proud of the way that they played".
In Pool C, New Zealand will play Fiji, Canada and Japan while in Pool D, hosts England will play Samoa, Australia and Spain. "We want to say thanks to them for supporting us all year".
"We wanted to finish strong in this tournament and in London next week".
"Obviously for us finishing sixth was a massive improvement from where we've been in the past".
Barring any upsets, Fiji is likely to meet South Africa, Canada or Scotland in the quarter finals, they are likely to face England or US in the semifinal and can face New Zealand or Australia in the final.
But the Blitzbokke had their revenge at a packed Jean Bouin stadium in western Paris, dominating a Scottish side that had gelled well but looked exhausted. "We worked hard against Samoa but again had opportunities and didn't take them". Scotland dug deep in the second period but their fate was sealed after George Horne was binned for a late tackle just after captain Philip Snyman touched down to seal the the win.
Samoa threw everything they had at the Blitzboks in the second period, but staunch defence kept them at bay.
The Kiwis had fight on their hands against England after being behind 5-0 down at half time, before eventually winning 12-5, with tries to Sam Dickson and Sherwin Stowers sealing the win.
Fiji, winners of the past two editions of the series, lost 24-0 to Scotland in the quarterfinals, ending their slim title bid, having been 25 points behind SA going into the tournament.
Argentina secured the Challenge Trophy after a convincing 33-12 win over Australia.
Head Coach Andy Friend said, "It was a day of frustration". At the end of the day we need to look at how we prepared and came into the tournament.