Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

NZ win Dubai Sevens beating US in final 21-5

NZ win Dubai Sevens beating US in final 21-5

Ireland lost 24-7 to eventual finalists Canada, who were beaten 26-14 in the final by New Zealand.

The Canadian women went 5-1 in Glendale, losing 28-19 New Zealand in the Cup semi-finals before beating France 28-0.

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.

"You just look across at your mates there, they look at you, and you just connect on the field".

"I know elite teams are measured on results but after the traumas of last 3 months & hardly any preparation I was really proud of the efforts of our boys", Canada coach Damian McGrath said via social media.

"It was really unfortunate [the injuries] but we knew that we had to get our heads down and start working".

A Harry Glover try with time running out lifted England to a 15-14 win over Australia in the third-place match.

Singling out some of his best performers, Walsh mentioned Anderson, Maurice Longbottom, John Porch and Tim Anstee.

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

Russian Federation were dispatched 31-0 in the quarter-finals and the United States - finalists at Glendale - were overwhelmed 22-0 in the semifinals.

The All Black Sevens beat the U.S. 21-5 in the final to claim their first title in Dubai since 2009.

But that was not before the Cheetahs had taken a 12-10 lead at the break.

The Cheetahs however, got a rude awakening of how much ground they would need to cover in the global game after being handed a 31-0 hiding by Dubai tournament defending champions South Africa in their opening assignment. From the opening exchanges England dominated proceedings with captain Tom Mitchell powering over from close range for the first try. France increased its lead to 28-5 with Adam Zaruba in the sin-bin for not releasing on a try-saving tackle.

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