All Black Sevens beaten in Dubai final

All Black Sevens beaten in Dubai final

All Black Sevens beaten in Dubai final

The national sevens team dusted off their dispiriting defeat at the hands of South Africa to overpower Uganda 29-14 and secure their Cup Quarters slot at the HSBC World Series opening leg in Dubai.

The reigning world series champions unleashed all their attacking firepower in what was a breathtaking display of sevens rugby across the two days.

South Africa blitzed New Zealand in the first half of the final‚ scoring three tries through Phillip Snyman‚ Seabelo Senatla and Kwagga Smith with Branco du Preez landing two conversions to run into a 19-0 lead at the break. A try in the last few seconds from Tim Agaba, however, sealed the 24-12 victory for the Blitzboks.

"There were some pretty sticky performances from us which we knew would be the case with this being our first tournament of the season", said Amor.

Smith was named player of the final but Senatla was among the best players at the tournament.

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The Kiwis had remained unbeaten in pool play and through the quarter and semi- finals at the season-opening Dubai Sevens, but never really recovered from a storming South African start in the final.

With just over four minutes left, Joey Ravouvou stormed down the left wing, shrugging off the tackle of winger Dan Norton to score.

England pipped Fiji 28-21 to win the Bronze final, while France beat Spain 21-12 to win the Challenge Trophy.

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.

New Zealand typically fought back after Rosko Specman was yellow carded‚ with tries through Andrew Knewstubb and captain Scott Curry to make it a nervy end to the match. "We got stuck by our own line early in the second half and that killed us".

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