NZ win Dubai Sevens beating United States in final 21-5

NZ win Dubai Sevens beating United States in final 21-5

NZ win Dubai Sevens beating United States in final 21-5

ZIMBABWE'S Cheetahs found the going tough on their return to the opening tournament of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series with Gilbert Nyamutsamba's men losing all their pool A games against tough opposition yesterday.

The Springboks Sevens hardly got out of the blocks before they lost arguably their most influential player to injury at the Dubai Sevens.

The U.S. was caught napping on a Dylan Collier try that upped the lead to 14-5.

The Canada Sevens earned the top score in five of the categories.

The New Zealand women's sevens team have started strongly in Dubai, topping their pool and setting up a cup quarterfinal against Russian Federation.

Michaela Blyde, who notched up her 100th World Series try in Dubai, nabbed a hat trick in the semi final win against United States of America, setting up a Final against Canada.

England, who beat defending champions South Africa in the quarter-finals, came from behind against Australia to finish third overall.

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A four-try burst on either side of halftime set New Zealand up for victory in their 24-17 win over Ireland. A crucial turn over in the last play of the game by debutant Scott Gregory secured the 7-5 victory, and was also awarded the UL Mark of Excellence as "Moment of the Tournament".

John Tait's team will face Ireland in the Cup quarter-finals on Friday.

The fifth place semi-final was a closer affair but despite tries from Hannah Tyrell, Lucy Mulhall and Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe, England ran out 22-17 winners.

However, the US scored two quick tries before Australia hit back under the posts but it was a try in referee time that broke Australia's hearts, finishing the scores at 17-22.

It is unclear whether he will be fit for next weekend's Cape Town Sevens at the Cape Town Stadium.

The two-time winners broke back through Dominique Du Toit, but Ellie Kildunne and Natasha Hunt both went over the whitewash to seal a flawless start to the event in Dubai. Its best finish on the circuit was sixth.

The Canadian women won bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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