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The Springbok Sevens team came up just short in their defence of the Tokyo Sevens title on Sunday, going down 33-26 to Fiji in a thrilling final which was decided only in the last 10 seconds of the contest.
The Springbok Sevens team, aiming for a third successive HSBC Sevens World Series victory, will go into the next tournament in Wellington, New Zealand on 7 and 8 February with two changes to the squad that won the Las Vegas Sevens.
The Springbok Sevens team finished fourth at the Gold Coast Sevens on the weekend as an extra-time, energy-sapping semi-final loss to the hosts hurt their chances of finishing third, as well as Australia's chances of victory in the Cup final.
South Africa's Springbok Sevens team became the only team to win three times in the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series when they captured the Edinburgh Sevens with a 28-21 victory over New Zealand on Sunday.