Aust women take bronze at Dubai Sevens
- Author: Stacy Allen Dec 02, 2018,
Dec 02, 2018, 1:46
But the men's last Dubai title was nine years ago.
Star playmaker Justin Geduld has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament after picking up an unspecified injury on Friday.
It took five minutes for the first try to come in a pulsating and energy-sapping final, Tone Ng Shiu powering through the clutches of Ben Pinkelman with Andrew Knewstubb adding the conversion for a 7-0 half-time score.
Geduld was replaced on the field by Dewald Human during the second half, and did not return to the field.
"As we head into our fourth year of hosting, we'll continue to push for the delivery of a world-leading experience for not only the players on the pitch, but also for the exceptional fans who have played a huge role in putting this tournament on the map, and making the Canada Sevens weekend an experience that simply can't be missed".
Geduld will now make way for Selvyn Davids, who was the reserve player in the squad.
New Zealand men's team claim first Dubai Sevens title since 2009.
In the rematch, New Zealand took a 7-0 lead, but the US capitalized on a penalty to make it 7-5.
The Cheetahs however, got a rude awakening of how much ground they would need to cover in the global game after being handed a 31-0 hiding by Dubai tournament defending champions South Africa in their opening assignment.
Canada has back-to-back podium finishes in the first two of six 2018-19 World Series tournaments, out of which the top-four teams at the end of the season will qualify for the Tokyo Summer Games.
The 39-point thriller against the U.S. also went as deep into added time.
Scotland finished second to Fiji in the pool stages after losing 21-17 against the reigning Olympic champions, while drawing 14-14 with France and rolling Kenya 35-14. Scotland scored on fulltime to close the margin to 21-7.
Final: New Zealand 21 (Tone Ng Shiu, Dylan Collier, Ngarohi McGarvey-Black tries; Andrew Knewstubb 2 con, Vilimoni Koroi con) United States of America 5 (Stephen Tomasin try).