All Blacks Sevens beaten by South Africa in Dubai final

Rallying Carl 'Flash' Tundo in action at the East Africa Safari Classic

Rallying Carl 'Flash' Tundo in action at the East Africa Safari Classic

The South Africans led 19-0 at half time, but the New Zealanders closed with two tries to Andrew Newstubb and Scott Curry, before the Boks sealed the game with a late try.

New Zealand have been unceremoniously dumped out of the opening tournament in the women's rugby sevens world series, beaten by the United States in the Dubai quarter-finals.

But in the dying embers‚ Tim Agaba drove over from close range to seal with win and secure the Blitzboks the maximum 22 log points.

"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.

Kenya had lost 48-5 to South Africa in their second match and needed to win against Uganda and hope Canada - whom they defeated in Friday's opener - lose to the Blitzboks.

Expect 'Difficult' Argentina In World Cup, Rohr Warns Eagles
Coach Gernot Rohr said what last month's win over Argentina has shown is that anything is possible with his young team. The country went into that game in danger of missing out not only on direct qualification but a spot in the playoffs.

It was the World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year 2016 Seabelo Senatla who showed his tactical awareness for the Blitzboks second, ripping the ball out of a ruck on the Fiji 10 metre line and slipping through the defence untouched.

"We deliberately didn't put the guys into anything like this in pre-season as it's such a long season for us so it was always going to be a little bit of a risk".

Samuel Oliech stepped up to convert but Uganda offered an instant response through Solomon Okia who capitalized on poor handling from the Shujaa to score his fourth try in Dubai which was converted to leave the tie level at 7-7.

Amor reserved particular praise for Harry Glover who scored the last second winning try against Australia.

England beat Australia in the quarter-final before narrowly losing to New Zealand in the semi-final but recovered to beat Fiji to the bronze medal. After an interception in their own half, New Zealand stormed forward through Sam Dickson but he got scragged short.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.