The Blitzboks made the flawless start to the defence of their HSBC World Sevens Series title by winning the season-opening tournament in Dubai on Saturday. Woodman's try had given New Zealand a 12-7 lead, but they couldn't hold on under a wave of pressure.
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.
But as the game neared it send Blitzboks replacement Tim Agaba showed tremendous strength to power over the tryling and seal the match and tournament for South Africa.
The reigning series champions fell to a 14-12 defeat after a late converted try handed the Americans a shock victory.
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"We kind of let them back into the game and a silly yellow card and one or two silly mistakes towards the end nearly cost us", Snyman said after the final.
"It was the first tournament of the year so there were a lot of mistakes and lots we can work on as we turn our attention to Cape Town next week".
Meanwhile, Snyman's teammate and last year's World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year Seabelo Senatla said that it was a great performance.
"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'". With the conversion good, Fiji mounted their comeback through Jerry Tuwai, the quick footed playmaker running in an easy score after multiple phases of play stretched the defence thin.
After losing to New Zealand in the semifinal, England captain Tom Mitchell, said: "It's tough to take and terrible to lose but they seized their chances better than we did".
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