- How England progressed on day one - more
- England beaten by hosts USA in last eight
England Sevens will face New Zealand in the fifth-place semi-final at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series in Las Vegas on day three.
In their Cup quarter-final tie, England went down to a narrow 12-17 loss as Perry Baker scored a hat-trick for hosts USA.
Earlier on, on day two in the pool decider against South Africa in another a tight game, England lost 19-24 despite Dan Bibby's two tries.
England's match against New Zealand is on Sunday 4 March at 20:28 GMT and will be live on Sky Sports Action.
Stars and Stripes
Against a fired-up home crowd and playing in their alternate black kit, England spent the opening minutes doing some scrambling defensive work winning a number of penalties.
They were breached finally after four minutes when the World Rugby player of the year Perry Baker had a stroll in from a looping pass.
Baker was on the end of a counter attacking move as he sprinted around the outside for their second, but Ollie Lindsay-Hague's superb step and break got England on the board with clock dead at half-time.
Baker's hat-trick was secured out wide, but Dan Norton was sent in the corner following a neat offload from Phil Burgess to make it 17-12 to the hosts with three minutes remaining.
England threw men forward in such of a match-winning score but the Eagles held out to move into the semi-final of their home tournament.
England finished day one as top points scorers across the competition with 73 over their first two games, as captain Tom Mitchell was leading points scorer with 28 of those points.
However, facing the reigning World Champions they trailed early on from two early blows as Siviwe Sovizwapi and then Cecil Afrika crossed for a 12-0 lead.
A perfect kick forward from Bibby led to Mitchell crossing before Sovizwapi's second for the Blitzboks, but Mitchell then returned the favour as Bibby latched onto his kick as England trailed 19-12 at the break.
South Africa skipper Philip Snyman got their fourth try before Bibby's second got England within five points at 24-19 with two minutes remaining, but they were unable to find another despite some late pressing.
“We started a bit slow against South Africa which was disappointing – they are a well organised outfit and we were just on the wrong side of the result in that first game,” said Tom Mitchell.
“I thought we came out pretty well against the USA who were really strong out here in front of a home crowd.
“Unfortunately there were a few things we just kept getting a little bit wrong which means we’re still coming out on the wrong side of these very close results which is a tough one to take.
“Everyone’s excited about coming out here again tomorrow and the opportunity to keep getting better and to continue moving forward.”
England sat top of the pool after the first two games following a couple of impressive attacking displays in their opening two matches.
Richard De Carpentier's two tries as well as a long range effort from Ollie Lindsay-Hague were part of England's six tries as they racked up 42-12 victory against Canada in their opener.
Tom Bowen then ran in three superb scores to make it four tries in two games for the wing in the 33-12 win over Wales, with Tom Mitchell and all-time leading try scorer Dan Norton also crossing.
England Sevens squad:
Tom Bowen, Dan Bibby, Phil Burgess, Richard de Carpentier, Mike Ellery, Harry Glover, Ollie Lindsay-Hague, Ruaridh McConnochie, Tom Mitchell (c), James Rodwell, Dan Norton, Ethan Waddleton.
England’s Las Vegas results:
England 40-12 Canada
England 33-12 Wales
England 19-24 South Africa
Cup quarter final: England 12-17 USA
Fifth-place semi-final: England v New Zealand (Sunday 4 March, 20:28 GMT)