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Dubai Rugby Sevens: England third as New Zealand claim title

02 December, 2018, 10:57 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • The Fijiana lost to Canada at the Dubai tournament on their way to 11th place

Australia face England in the quarter finals which kicks off at 4.44pm AEDT November 30 and will be broadcast LIVE on World Rugby's Digital Channels.

It was also the first time Kenya failed to win a match in the Series since the London Sevens leg of the 2011/2012 season.

Stand-in captain Sione Molia reflected on the win.

"It was hugely impressive, guys like Andrew Knewstubb, Sione Molia and Dylan Collier led from the front and they were inspirational for those younger players, and the guys that hadn't had much game time on the circuit really stepped up and played well", said Curry.

New Zealand won the Dubai Rugby Sevens title for a record-equalling sixth time after beating first-time finalists U.S. 21-5.

The Blitzboks will try to make it a three-from-three wins on Day1 of the Dubai7s.


Australia's Maurice Longbottom runs with the ball against Argentina in the quarterfinal.

"You break it all down there was some outstanding performances from a lot of players and a good performance from the team, but good's not going to cut it".

The World Rugby Men's Sevens World Series action is also due to begin tomorrow in the same venue. Two quick tries by Martin Iosefo and Folau Niua increased the lead to 24-7 with Cakaubalavu's second try little consolation for Fiji.

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. The two went blow-for-blow before Muller du Plessis' hat-trick try, and Dewald Human's boot, gave South Africa a sniff of a 19-14 victory. South Africa were up against Fiji in the fifth place final duel, while Australia were to meet England for bronze play-off.

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.

"Lily ended up winning the game after playing 14 minutes - so just phenomenal from them".

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