The Blitzboks made the ideal start to the defence of their HSBC World Sevens Series title by winning the season-opening tournament in Dubai on Saturday.
Two tries from Seabelo Senatla helped the South African team toward a 26-10 victory, setting up a match against Fiji, following their thrilling 35-24 triumph against Scotland.
Kwagga Smith piled more misery on Kenya with a seventh try for the Blitzboks before Rosco Speckman came off the bench to complete the rout with a converted effort and secure South Africa a Main Cup quarter-finals ticket with a game to spare.
The 14-12 U.S. win reversed the pool play result, where the Kiwis dominated 45-14, and is the first time the Black Ferns Sevens have lost a match since January - when they were also beaten by the Americans.
Tries from Andrew Knewstubb and Scott Curry brought New Zealand back into the match in the second period.
"We kind of let them back into the game and a silly yellow card and one or two silly mistakes towards the end nearly cost us", Snyman said after the final.
The men will close out their first day of competition against South Africa at 10:53 a.m. ET.
"We're also really pleased with some of the young guys who played today like Harry Glover who was fantastic and showed some great glimpses as well as Ben Howard who made his World Series debut today - we saw some really good stuff from him".
"We want to focus on our processes and it we leave the result and result doesn't go our way then we're still happy".
England picked up bronze after seeing off Fiji 28-21.
Tom Bowen starred for England by scoring a brace of tries in the match.
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