All Black Sevens beaten in Dubai final

The New Zealand women's sevens team have been handed a stunning loss to US in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Sevens.

Earlier, South Africa faced their sternest test of the tournament against 2015 Dubai winners Fiji in the semi-final.

The 14-12 U.S. win reversed the pool play result, where the Kiwis dominated 45-14, and is the first time the Black Ferns Sevens have lost a match since January - when they were also beaten by the Americans.

The South African team won each of their pool matches yesterday to set up a quarter-final match against Samoa at The Sevens Stadium.

After a yellow card in the first minute to New Zealand's Joseava Rovouvou, the Blitzboks took full advantage of the extra man, running in three tries in as many minutes through Philip Snyman, Seabelo Senatla and Kwagga Smith with Branco du Preez adding two conversions for a 19-0 lead at half-time.

"We let NZ back into the game with a silly yellow card and one or two mistakes towards the end nearly cost us‚" SA captain Snyman said.

Smith was named player of the final for his hard-working efforts but he was quick to pass the praise on to his teammates.

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

England had opened the day with victory over Australia through Glover's try with the final play of the game, though the rub of the green eluded them in the 14-5 defeat to New Zealand.

"We want to focus on our processes and it we leave the result and result doesn't go our way then we're still happy".

The New Zealanders, with a new coach and newish squad, made their first final in more than a year, but they were always secondary to the game's best.

Tom Bowen starred for England by scoring a brace of tries in the match.

  • Stacy Allen