England had earlier faced New Zealand in one of two incredible Cup semi-finals.
That result sent out some warning signs, and the Springbok Sevens were then well and truly outplayed by England in their Cup quarter-final as they plunged to a humbling 22-5 defeat.
The All Black Sevens beat the United States of America 21-5 in the final to claim their first title in Dubai since 2009.
It was at the 2015 Dubai Sevens where the usa rugby sevens team scored its historic first-ever win over New Zealand, but an even more historic cup final win was not to be on Saturday as the Eagles fell to the All Blacks 21-5.
Australian men's sevens coach Tim Walsh blamed a lack of composure at key moments for his team falling just short of a medal at the Dubai Sevens.
Connor Braid scored two tries and Luke McCloskey added a single in a losing cause against Australia.
The teams went back and forth in the first half, New Zealand going to halftime 12-7 up after possession was ripped from Canada and Tyla Nathan-Wong scored.
Baker was then sin-binned for an intentional slap down and Australia took immediate advantage, feeding the ball out left to Porch for his second try of the game.
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The Black Ferns Sevens will face Russian Federation in the first quarter-final of the Dubai Rugby Sevens at 6pm (NZT) after winning all their pool play matches on day one of the tournament.
It was the first time since 2009 that New Zealand have won in Dubai, and they achieved it without four first choice players who were injured before the final.
Only Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia finished pool play unbeaten.
The Fijians scored a try in the sudden death extra-time period to win 24-19. They finished ninth overall on the circuit last season.
Goss said the memory of their fifth place finish at Dubai a year ago was motivation this weekend.
We believe we are a top four side and now it is up to all of us in the USA Sevens squad to deliver the consistent success that will be needed to ensure we don't have to take part in the other qualifying tournaments to find the 12 teams that will be competing in Japan.
The men, whose pre-season preparations were interrupted by a labour dispute with Rugby Canada, now head to Cape Town for next weekend's second stop of the HSBC World Rugby Series.
Canada will face Zimbabwe in the consolation Challenge Trophy quarterfinal.