The follows a sixth-place finish in Punta del Este, Uruguay last weekend and the five wins were a better indication of the growth and development of the squad and players, said SA Rugby Sevens Academy manager, Marius Schoeman. "We improved a lot. In Uruguay we did only play well in patches, but here in Chile we played five good matches and just missed out in another, so I pleased with that," said Schoeman. "We said before the time we don't only measure the squad on their results, but also the development and game time for the players and that proved to be the case again here." The SA side beat overall circuit winners, Chile on Saturday as well as Uruguay and Brazil in pool play. They came up short in the quarterfinals of the tournament on Sunday though, losing 14-12 to Uruguay after leading 12-0 at the break, knocking them out of the Cup competition. They responded well in the fifth-place semifinal, beating Colombia 15-10 and then outplayed Russia 22-5 to win the final. "There were some very good performances by individual players and that was something important for us, as we need to find the next player who can make the step-up into the Blitzboks when needed. As a team, we learned some valuable lessons. It is not an easy tournament, but as we showed this time around, it was so much better than last weekend," Schoeman indicated. "We are starting with new faces in the Academy side and we need to find the find players to bolster the Blitzboks ranks. That is part of our function and we will have a look at more players in future tournaments to make sure we keep on delivering players that can serve the Springbok Sevens team."