NZ in Sevens women's final

Canadian rugby players sporting ice-covered toques during halftime on Saturday in Dubai.					Screenshot  World Rugby

Canadian rugby players sporting ice-covered toques during halftime on Saturday in Dubai. Screenshot World Rugby

Matt Mullins scored two tries and Braid, Zaruba, Justin Douglas and Pat Kay added singles in Canada's earlier 38-5 win over Zimbabwe on Saturday. We knew that we were coming into this final against a good United States of America team.

National Sevens team, Shujaa was yesterday relegated to the Challenge Trophy after registering three losses in pool B at the opening round of the 2018-19 HSBC World Sevens Series in Dubai. Of course, it has to be remembered that the team is in a rebuilding phase following the departure of several stalwarts, but they will be mightily disappointed with a sixth-place finish in Dubai.

New Zealand's record 10th appearance in the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens Cup final saw them end their title drought at the Sevens Stadium, the 21-5 victory over U.S. giving the All Blacks Sevens their first title here since 2009.

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"It's been an emotional one, but I'm really proud of the girls, the courage they showed", Australian coach John Manenti said. Connor Braid then closed out the scoring for Canada.

Canada pinned New Zealand deep off the opening kickoff. The scored remained at 7-5 despite England spending two-and-a half minutes probing for the match-winner after the buzzer had sounded, but an incredible defensive effort - later recognised as the UL Mark of Excellence for the tournament - kept them out.

The US against France makes up the fourth quarter-final, with the semi-finals and final to be played tomorrow as well. It took Folau Niua's quick-tap penalty and the might of Danny Barrett to finally catch Australia off-guard and break the 17-17 deadlock.

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The turning point came when Bianca Farella was sin-binned for a high tackle, and New Zealand took advantage with a scrappy run by Stacey Waaka and Nathan-Wong's second, insurance try.

After losing 15-12 to Argentina in their final Pool match on the first day the Blitzboks still managed to top Pool A and set up a quarterfinal meeting with England.

New Zealand had only two reserves instead of the usual five after a sapping 7-5 win over England in the semifinals. Sam Pecqueur scored a try with seconds left for Scotland to trail by only 21-19, then Jamie Farndale appeared to touch down the victor, but it was disallowed because he stepped out of bounds.

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The Aussie men now head to Cape Town for the second leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series next weekend.

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