Blitzboks beaten by Fiji in Dubai extra-time thriller

Ruben Holloway
December 2, 2018

The US against France makes up the fourth quarter-final, with the semi-finals and final to be played tomorrow as well.

Canada pinned New Zealand deep off the opening kickoff.

New Zealand play the US, Spain and Wales in Pool C, and England, Australia, Canada and Japan feature in Pool D.

The Dubai leg of the women's tournament was not televised in full in New Zealand, with the two-day tournament being broadcast on the World Rugby Sevens Facebook page and the finals on Sky Sport 1.

An under-strength injury depleted All Blacks Sevens completed the double for New Zealand, claiming the gold against US in the final 21-5, following on the Black Ferns victory in the Women's tournament on Friday.

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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.

There was to be no first Dubai title for United States, though, as tries by Dylan Collier and Ngarohi McGarvey-Black ensured it would be New Zealand celebrating a long-awaited sixth Dubai title.

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.

England finished top of Pool B with three wins, impressively beating the Olympic champions Australia 26-12 in their first match. However, Waisea Nacuqu had other ideas and his breakaway try levelled the scores, only for Vilimoni Botitu to step up and miss the straightforward conversion to mean extra-time would decide the victor.

It completed a Dubai double for New Zealand, who also won the women's competition on Friday.

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

The Canada-Ireland winner will face the England-Australia victor in the semifinals.

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

The 21-7 victory over Scotland saw the team progress to the semi finals where they produced an inspired performance to overcome England.

Earlier, Samoa set up a Challenge Trophy final against France.

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