Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

NZ win Dubai Sevens beating U.S. in final 21-5

NZ win Dubai Sevens beating U.S. in final 21-5

Canada pinned New Zealand deep off the opening kickoff.

Two Tom Mitchell tries helped England to a 22-5 win over South Africa and Tom Bowen scored in the semi-final, but England lost it 7-5 to New Zealand.

On Friday, New Zealand downed Canada 26-14 in the final of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, posting its fifth straight tournament win.

Australian men's sevens coach Tim Walsh blamed a lack of composure at key moments for his team falling just short of a medal at the Dubai Sevens.

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.

Baker was then sin-binned for an intentional slap down and Australia took immediate advantage, feeding the ball out left to Porch for his second try of the game.

Dan Norton of England became the first player in world series history to score 300 tries, with a 70-meter screamer against Canada.

Samoa opened their tournament with a 21-19 win over Argentina but were pipped by South Africa 19-12 before defeating 17-15 in their final game of the day.

The tournament was won by New Zealand, which beat the U.S.

"Canada, they're just getting better and better", said New Zealand's Tyla Nathan-Wong, named player of the final.

Canada went 1-2 Friday, losing 26-12 to England and 31-19 to Australia before beating Japan 27-7.

"We are thrilled to have received this award, which is the result of a dedicated team working with strong and committed partners that are allowing us to deliver a world-class event year over year", he said in a statement.

Britt Benn and Kaili Lukan then scored their second tries of the day in a 21-14 win over France that gave the Canadians first place in Pool C.

Meanwhile, after a winless start to the Dubai Women's Sevens Series on Thursday, the national women's Sevens team continued with their poor run of form as they slumped to a fourth successive defeat.

Canada is coming off a third-place finish in Glendale, Colo, the first stop of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series.

A top-four finish in the overall standings this season means automatic qualification for the 2020 Olympics.

USA's Martin Losefo tackled by Fiji's player in their quarter final match of the Rugby Sevens in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.

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