New Zealand 21-5 USA: All Blacks Sevens win Dubai tournament
02 December, 2018, 13:41 | Author: Judy Cobb
An under-strength injury depleted All Blacks Sevens completed the double for New Zealand, claiming the gold against United States of America in the final 21-5, following on the Black Ferns victory in the Women's tournament on Friday.
The Canada Sevens earned the top score in five of the categories.
With temperatures hovering around 30 degrees this weekend in Dubai, Canada's men's rugby sevens players took a touch of home with them out into the sweltering sun to find some chill.
"I know elite teams are measured on results but after the traumas of last 3 months & hardly any preparation I was really proud of the efforts of our boys", Canada coach Damian McGrath said via social media.
The Springboks Sevens came into the opening tournament of the 2017-18 season as defending Sevens Series and Dubai champs.
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The Canadian women finished second in the women's event in Dubai.
"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.
"You can see all the teams are pretty keen to get out there and start playing some rugby". Connor Braid and Luke McCloskey, both of Victoria, made an impact in the loss to the Aussies with Oak Bay High-grad Braid scoring two tries and SMUS-grad McCloskey one try. It has 56 tournament victories to the Americans' two. Our speed, our work ethic, our endeavour all day today from the quarter-finals to the semi-finals has shown through for us.
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