South Africa triumph in opening World Rugby Sevens Series event in Dubai

South Africa triumph in opening World Rugby Sevens Series event in Dubai

South Africa triumph in opening World Rugby Sevens Series event in Dubai

The Kiwis capitalised on a yellow card to South African Rosko Specman to score tries but South Africa finished stronger and made the game safe when Tim Agaba scored in the final minute.

New Zealand have been unceremoniously dumped out of the opening tournament in the women's rugby sevens world series, beaten by the United States in the Dubai quarter-finals.

The All Blacks Sevens, who were rattled in the first half by South Africa's showing, clawed back into the game in the second period.

The reigning series champions fell to a 14-12 defeat after a late converted try handed the Americans a shock victory.

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The US went on to beat Russian Federation 21-12 in the semi-finals, but were comprehensively outplayed 34-0 by Olympic gold medallists Australia in the final.

Kenya had lost 48-5 to South Africa in their second match and needed to win against Uganda and hope Canada - whom they defeated in Friday's opener - lose to the Blitzboks.

"As a first tournament for us this season I'm really proud of the continuous effort and the attitude the boys displayed in every single game", he said.

England now travel to Cape Town where they will compete on 9-10 December.

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United slowly grew into the game, although they struggled to link up with Romelu Lukaku. Both teams went close just before half-time.

"It was a long pre-season and a lot of guys went on to play some 15s so it's a new team with some unfamiliar faces".

Jeffery Oluoch powered over from a turn over ball to put Kenya ahead, but his celebration was cut short by Seabelo Senatla, who latched onto a loose ball in the middle to draw level before he grabbed the brace for the tournament's champions.

"We aren't focused on the result‚ we are focused on the processes and our aim is to leave the pitch happy knowing we did all we can‚ even if the result doesn't go our way".

"It's easy to play well in a team as good as this‚" Smith said.

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