New Zealand 21-5 USA: All Blacks Sevens win Dubai tournament

Richie Pugh

In the semi-final against the United States of America, 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. New Zealand had a choice of scrum or lineout and chose a quick throw in.

Two Tom Mitchell tries helped England to a 22-5 win over South Africa and Tom Bowen scored in the semi-final, but England lost it 7-5 to New Zealand.

New Zealand's record 10th appearance in the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens Cup final saw them end their title drought at the Sevens Stadium, the 21-5 victory over usa giving the All Blacks Sevens their first title here since 2009.

This is a massive year for sevens with the top four teams at the end of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series automatically qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.

New Zealand were made to work harder in their 29-12 win over Russian Federation, with a first-half double from Goss and a second-half brace from Stacey Waaka getting them home after the match sat in the balance at 12-7 at halftime.

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A converted try to Ngarohi McGarvey Black finished the scoring, as the New Zealand men followed their women's team from a day before in becoming champions - though the men's last Dubai title was nine years ago.

Canada's last tournament win was in France in May 2016 when it beat Australia 29-19 at the final stop of the 2015-16 season.

ZIMBABWE'S Sevens rugby team failed to pick a win in their opening two Pool matches on the opening day of the Dubai Sevens despite putting on a commendable display against their more experienced neighbours South Africa and Argentina yesterday.

Only Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia finished pool play unbeaten.

A four-try burst on either side of halftime set New Zealand up for victory in their 24-17 win over Ireland.

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The Canada-Ireland winner will face the England-Australia victor in the semifinals.

Connor Braid scored two tries and Luke McCloskey added a single in a losing cause against Australia.

I am hoping to contribute more than a year ago when I was concussed in the opening seconds of our first pool game.

"To come off a home World Cup and not finish the way we want to, it's a second chance to get out there and give it a go".

The Canadian men's pre-season preparations were interrupted by a labour dispute with Rugby Canada.

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