Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens team sneaked into the Cup quarter-finals of the Wellington Sevens in New Zealand after beating a spirited USA 26-14 on Friday.
Results from the Wellington Sevens in New Zealand
The Blitzbokke came into the game needing to beat the Americans by four or more points to avoid missing out on the Cup quarter-finals.
The game was in the balance at half-time (14-all), but a strong second half showing by South Africa ensure they progressed.
Earlier on Friday, the Blitzbokke got their campaign off to a shaky start when they were beaten 22-5 by France, before rebounding to beat Japan 24-7.
The Americans hammered Japan 40-5 and France 38-7 to finish top of Pool A.
Tries: Perry Baker (2)
Conversions: Madison Hughes (2)
Tries: Seabelo Senatla, Kwagga Smith (2), Cecil Afrika
Conversions: Branco du Preez (3)