Friday, 14 December, 2018

Aust women take bronze at Dubai Sevens

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
Jennie Wade | 02 December, 2018, 13:41

The USA had knocked out Fiji in the quarter-finals and Australia in the semis.

Canada pinned New Zealand deep off the opening kickoff.

The other Cup quarterfinals are New Zealand versus Russian Federation, U.S. versus France and England versus Australia.

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

Sitting at the top of Pool A, the New Zealand women took wins over Kenya 34-7, Russian Federation 29-12 and Ireland 24-17 on the first day of the two-day HSBC Women's World Series tournament.

New Zealand won the first stage of the World Series in Colorado last month, and are now unbeaten in 36 consecutive matches.

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 - though the men's last Dubai title was nine years ago.

Andrew Knewstubb was celebrated for his outstanding weekend by being named in the tournament Dream Team as well as picking up Player of the Final and the Tournament.

Australia picked up where they left off on day one in their quarter-final with Argentina, dominating from the outset as they continued their bid for a first Cup success in Dubai.

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Earlier in the tournament Fiji had beaten Spain but had also suffered losses to France and Canada.

New Zealand and Australia had split the six previous Dubai finals.

The USA then edged a thrilling game against Australia 22-17, with Danny Barrett crossing more than two minutes after the hooter when the scores had been tied up.

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.

The Canadian men were ninth past year. Head coach Damian McGrath's Langford-based crew lost 26-12 to England and 31-19 to France before beating Japan 27-7.

Tournaments have bid to be part of the next four-year cycle, which starts with the 2019-20 season and with this award, it's hard to see the Vancouver event not continuing on as one of the ten world series events.

Meanwhile, the Canadian men went 1-2 in pool play Friday in the Dubai Sevens and will meet Zimbabwe on the consolation side today.

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

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