The Black Ferns Sevens have had to settle for second at the season-opening Dubai leg of the new world sevens series, falling to a last-gasp defeat against Australia.
Despite a hattrick of tries to teen sensation Jorja Miller, a late try to Australia's Maddison Levi denied New Zealand title, beaten 26-19 in the decider.
The defeat ended a 41-match winning streak for the Ferns, as Australia won the Dubai women's title for the fourth time in succession.
The tournament was also a memorable one for veteran Kelly Brazier, who scored her 100th world series career try in the 26-14 quarter-final victory over Canada.
Meanwhile, the NZ men fell short of the final, falling 21-19 to Argentina in the semi-finals.
Leading 19-7, the Kiwis conceded two late scores that saw them bundled out and forced to play for third against Olympic champions Fiji.
Fehi Fineanganofo saw the All Blacks Sevens over the line against the Pacific Islanders, scoring what the winner for a 17-12 victory.
South Africa claimed the men's title with a 12-7 win over Argentina and now look to add their home tournament to their trophy cabinet, as the series heads to Cape Town next weekend.