Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

NZ win Dubai Sevens beating United States in final 21-5

NZ win Dubai Sevens beating United States in final 21-5

In the semi-final against the US, played in the fading desert sunlight, Australia led 17-12 deep into the second half and had chances to close it out but small mistakes gave the Eagles an opportunity, with Stephen Tomasin levelling the scores.

Knewstubb was tackled in the air taking the opening kickoff, causing America's Perry Baker to be sin-binned.

New Zealand were undefeated on their way to a quarterfinal berth against Scotland.

Australia will meet Argentina in the quarter-finals on Saturday at 6:44pm AEDT while New Zealand will face Scotland, red-hot Fiji will take on the US and reigning world series champions South Africa come up against England.

Scores were locked 21-all with time elapsed on the clock when Dick, playing in her first World Series tournament, gathered the ball 40-metres out from the line and powered away from the tiring United States of America defence for the decisive score on Friday.

Wales were also made to do without one of their main strike runners, Ryan Conbeer, who was injured in a typically ferocious collision in the opening minutes of the match against New Zealand. Ng Shiu gave New Zealand a first-half lead only for Tom Bowen to cut the deficit to two points early in the second half.

In the rematch, New Zealand took a 7-0 lead, but the US capitalized on a penalty to make it 7-5. Goss was named player of the tournament. Samoa beat Spain 26-22, and France beat Canada 28-12.

New Zealand and England went unbeaten in winning the other two groups.

New Zealand and Australia had split the six previous Dubai finals.

Dan Norton of England became the first player in world series history to score 300 tries, with a 70-meter screamer against Canada.

The Fijians scored a try in the sudden death extra-time period to win 24-19.

"We lost five games here previous year".

Canada will face Zimbabwe in the consolation Challenge Trophy quarterfinal.

Meanwhile, after a winless start to the Dubai Women's Sevens Series on Thursday, the national women's Sevens team continued with their poor run of form as they slumped to a fourth successive defeat.

The Canadian men, whose pre-season preparations were interrupted by a labour dispute with Rugby Canada, open their season Friday in Dubai in a pool with Australia, England and Japan.

A top-four finish in the overall standings this season means automatic qualification for the 2020 Olympics.

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