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.
Eden Agero put restored Kenya's lead thanks to some quick thinking as he rose off the ruck unnoticed after tapping against the ball and then racing clear of two Ugandan clutches score to make it 12-7.
The 14-12 USA 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. Scott Curry and Andrew Knewstubb got the All Blacks Sevens back into the match, but at 19-12 it was the powerful Tim Agaba who closed the game out.
"As a first tournament for us this season I'm really proud of the continuous effort and the attitude the boys displayed in every single game", said Amor.
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England now travel to Cape Town where they will compete on 9-10 December.
"We had a long pre-season and a few of the guys were involved in 15-man rugby and we have been saying that it's a 'brand new team with some familiar faces'".
The Kiwis had earned a spot in the final after downing England 14-5 in the semis, battling back from a 5-0 half-time deficit.
"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".
"It's easy to play well in a team as good as this‚" Smith said.
On day one the Blitzboks topped Pool A with emphatic wins over Kenya (48-5) and Canada (28-0) while battling to a rusty 19-10 win over Uganda in their opening game of the tournament.