Blitzboks win Dubai Sevens tournament

England in 2016 beat South Africa in the final.

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.

The second half saw Rosko Specman sent to the bin in the first minute of the second half and New Zealand immediately forced their way back into the match with two tries in two minutes through Andrew Knewstubb and captain, Scott Curry, one of which was converted to take the score to 19-12.

The Kiwis had remained unbeaten in pool play and through the quarter and semi- finals at the season-opening Dubai Sevens, but never really recovered from a storming South African start in the final.

"We let NZ back into the game with a silly yellow card and one or two mistakes towards the end nearly cost us‚" SA captain Snyman said.

The Blitzboks are now the Dubai Sevens champions after beating New Zealand 24-12.

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"It was a long pre-season and a lot of guys went on to play some XVs so it's a new team with some unfamiliar faces".

Smith was named player of the final for his hard-working efforts but he was quick to pass the praise on to his teammates.

"We aren't focused on the result‚ we are focused on the processes and our aim is to leave the pitch happy knowing we did all we can‚ even if the result doesn't go our way".

England opened up the day with a comprehensive win, 28-0 over Spain with four different try scorers in the match.

But at 19-12, and with 13 seconds left on the clock, Tim Agaba closed the game out with South Africa's fourth try of the night.

After losing to New Zealand in the semifinal, England captain Tom Mitchell, said: "It's tough to take and awful to lose but they seized their chances better than we did".

  • Lawrence Cooper