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Hosts Australia have made the quarter-finals for the last 15 home events but needed to beat South Africa by five points to guarantee qualification for the knockout stages.
Australia went into overtime leading 24-21 and conceded a penalty with South Africa looking to win themselves. But Australia forced a turnover and they broke three-on-one, with Malouf powering to the try line 90 seconds past the hooter.
They had led 17-0 through Jeral Skelton and Lewis Holland’s double but South Africa produced a sucker punch either side of the break, with Justin Geduld’s pair of tries and Stedman Gans putting the Blitz Bokke ahead.
Geduld was carded for a deliberate knock on and Australia capitalised through Josh Coward before the overtime dramatics.
It means Australia can still retain their Sydney title, but finishing second has handed them a tricky draw against Fiji, the winners in Cape Town and Hamilton.
The winner of that tie will play either New Zealand or France. The other quarter-finals see South Africa play England and USA take on Spain.
New Zealand beat USA 21-5 to win the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Sydney and move top of the overall standings after four events.
The All Blacks Sevens were ruthless throughout the final, striking first and refusing to let go. Vilimoni Koroi played an effortlessly magical offload to Regan Ware on the left wing and his side took the lead.
After his side displayed some resolute defending, Sam Dickson doubled the lead on the stroke of half time, New Zealand capitalising on a collision between the USA’s Folau Niua and Danny Barrett.
Tone Ng Shiu put the result out of reach with a stunning dummy, selling Barrett to run clear. Brett Thompson gave his USA side hope with a score of his own, but it was too little, too late, and New Zealand claimed the trophy.
The USA have now lost all four finals this season but are level on points with New Zealand at the top of the overall standings. This is New Zealand’s second win of the season after their triumph in Dubai in November.
England finished third for the first time this season after beating Fiji 19-17, with Apenisa Cakaubalavu scoring a hat-trick in vain. Fiji trailed 19-0 when Cakaubalavu’s quickfire double made for a nervy finish, but his third score came after the full-time hooter.
Fifth for South Africa
South Africa beat Australia 12-10 in a brutal rematch of the Pool D match to finish fifth in Sydney. It was an aggressive game throughout, with plenty of full-blooded tackles, but it was won in the final seconds by Kyle Brown, dotting down in the corner.
Argentina lift Challenge Trophy
Argentina made up for their disappointment at missing out on the Cup quarter-finals by beating Japan 10-7 in the Challenge Trophy final.
Luciano Gonzalez opened the scoring before Katsuyuki Sakai’s converted try gave Japan the lead. Santiago Alvarez’s yellow card did little to open up Argentina, with him returning after the break and the Pumas hitting next to win the game. Fernando Luna dotted down in the corner to complete the victory.