England secured their first tournament win on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series since Tokyo in 2015 when they beat South Africa 19-17 in Cape Town.
In a packed out Cape Town Stadium, head coach Simon Amor's side outplayed a dangerous Blitzboks outfit despite going down to six men in the second half when Dan Norton was sin binned.
A key cog in the England setup was Ruaridh McConnochie, who scored in the second half to put England 19-12 ahead after Tom Mitchell's conversion. It turned out to be a key score as South Africa cranked up the pressure in the final seconds through a try from Werner Kok, although Justin Geduld failed to convert, giving the win to England.
McConnochie, who scored a last gasp try against Scotland in Dubai to reach the Cup semi-finals, said he was proud of his side's achievement and believes the team can go on to achieve more in the 2016-17 world series.
"It was a real team effort from all involved," he said. "We knew South Africa were going to be a tough side to beat, especially in front of the home crowd but we stuck to our systems and came away with a win we are really proud of.
"We had been working on a few things this week in training which really paid off and against a team like South Africa you have to be willing to push the extra mile as a team. We're looking forward to the rest of the series and what should be a good round in Wellington."