England Women Sevens finished eighth at the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in Paris after a 7-20 loss to Spain in the seventh place final.
It rounds off three days of tournament rugby for England where they lost their opener on Friday 12-24 to New Zealand, before impressive wins over Ireland (31-12) and Wales (45-12) respectively.
Day two day saw a 7-48 loss to France in the cup quarter-finals, before the narrow 14-19 defeat by Fiji in the fifth place semi-final to set up the Spain game.
The result means England finish eighth in the series for the season and will now look ahead to the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco next month.
In a raucous atmosphere in Paris, the game was a very tactical affair in the opening stages but England had to contend with a player less following Deborah Fleming's yellow card.
When England were back up to seven players, Abbie Brown's dummy and break through the line saw her give the women in white the lead - her fifth try of the tournament.
Just before the half-time though, Patricia Garcia showed her pace down the right wing to cross with Millie Wood then sent to the sin bin for what was deemed a late tackle on the Spaniard in the act of scoring.
With England down a player, Garcia grabbed her second, but as Wood returned to the fold, Teresa Bueso Gonez managed to hit an excellent cut back line to dot down before Maria Casado went over from close range for their fourth.
James Bailey's side tried to rally late on but were unable to take advantage of their possession.
England Women Sevens head coach James Bailey: “It wasn’t the way we wanted to end the tournament but this weekend has highlighted that we can play really well.
“On day one we highlighted how close we can get to New Zealand and we put in some good performances against Ireland and Wales, but unfortunately we’ve just not been able to back that up in the other two games.
“The fight was good and we go into an important preparation period now for San Francisco with a lot of positives and some clear work-ons.”
Two days of action
Although England suffered defeats in the knockout stages, it was in contrast to their encouraging performances in Pool A on Friday.
It was a battling run out against the Black Ferns in their opener with Sarah McKenna and Emily Scarratt going over in a 12-24 loss.
England would end the first day with two wins though, as two tries each from Scarratt and Fleming, and one from Brown saw them overcome Ireland, before their clinical edge came out against Wales.
Fleming managed to grab herself a hat-trick against the Welsh, with Brown and Fisher both crossing twice in a 45-12 win that set up a cup quarter-final.
Les Bleus proved too much in front of their home fans as Fleming's try was as good as it got for England in a 7-48 defeat.
And despite Brown and Fisher opening up a 14-0 lead against Fiji, the Pacific Islanders recovered with three tries of their own.
England Women Sevens squad:
Holly Aitchinson, Claire Allan, Abbie Brown (c), Heather Fisher, Victoria Fleetwood, Deborah Fleming, Alex Matthews, Sarah McKenna, Emily Scarratt, Emily Scott, Amy Wilson Hardy, Emily Wood.
England’s fixtures & results:
Pool A - England 12-24 New Zealand
Pool A - England 31-12 Ireland
Pool A - England 45-12 Wales
Cup quarter-final - England 7-48 France
Fifth place semi-final - England 14-19 Fiji
Seventh place play-off final - England 7-20 Spain