After beginning the 2018-19 World Series with an unbelievable five consecutive Cup final trips, which culminated in a win on their home soil in Las Vegas, the United States has finished "just" fourth and third in the last two tournaments in Vancouver and Hong Kong, respectively.
South Africa came up with a stunning performance in the final of the Singapore 7s as they came from 0-19 behind to beat Fiji 20-19 on Sunday.
It was an astonishing turnaround, considering how dominant Fiji were in the first half. Hirayama kicked four conversions. But the Springboks had other thoughts.
A 31-12 victory over Wales was quickly followed by a narrow 17-14 triumph against Kenya. Then in the final seconds, the Springboks were awarded a penalty kick, and Davids displayed nerves of steel to kick in the winning three points. Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and video "Going into the finals is always going to be hard". I must give credit to the boys after halftime.
For Fiji, it has been a roller-coaster of emotions in the past week.
Lewis Hamilton registered a late consolation try and his team must prepare for a classification game against New Zealand later on Sunday.
Said their head coach Gareth Baber, "As a team, we got quite a few injuries". We lost our captain, Siviwe Soyizwapi and leading try-scorer in Singapore, before the final and Angelo Davids, in only his second tournament stepped up and played very well. You fight your way through it.
Australia looked impressive in beating group rivals Argentina, France and Hong Kong but struggled for possession against the slick English. We worked hard together, as a team, to get those tries. We had a bumpy ride but showed the resilience in the game.
The U.S. remain top of the series standings, their 15 points for fourth place in Singapore moving them to 145, three clear of Fiji.
HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens' defending champions Fiji made it to the quarter-finals despite losing two of their Pool A matches on Saturday.