Blitzboks Beaten By Fiji in Dubai Extra-Time Thriller

Marcus Newton
December 2, 2018

Tournaments have bid to be part of the next four-year cycle, which starts with the 2019-20 season and with this award, it's hard to see the Vancouver event not continuing on as one of the ten world series events.

Scores were locked 21-all with time elapsed on the clock when Dick, playing in her first World Series tournament, gathered the ball 40-metres out from the line and powered away from the tiring US defence for the decisive score on Friday.

New Zealand won their first game at the Sevens Stadiums in Dubai easily, beating Kenya 34-7. Canada was second in 2014-15.

But play was called back for a high tackle by South Africa's Siviwe Soyizwapi, who was sin-binned.

Canada responded with Ghislaine Landry's kick finding Britt Benn behind the New Zealand defence.

You break it all down there was some outstanding performances from a lot of players and a good performance from the team, but good's not going to cut it.

New Zealand had only two reserves instead of the usual five after a sapping 7-5 win over England in the semi-finals. New Zealand had a choice of scrum or lineout and chose a quick throw in.

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In the semi-final against the US, played in the fading desert sunlight, Australia led 17-12 deep into the second half and had chances to close it out but small mistakes gave the Eagles an opportunity, with Stephen Tomasin levelling the scores. Rounding out the top-10 are Russian Federation on 20 points, Ireland and England on 16 each, Spain on seven and China on six.

But they fell to two heartbreaking losses after the siren, to United States of America in the semi-final and England in the third place play-off, to narrowly miss out on the podium.

I am hoping to contribute more than previous year when I was concussed in the opening seconds of our first pool game. Their next tournament is in February in Sydney.

The Canadian men's pre-season preparations were interrupted by a labour dispute with Rugby Canada.

The Canada-Ireland winner will face the England-Australia victor in the semifinals. When I then got the phone call telling me I had won it again I was truly shocked but when I thought about it I realised it wasn't about me, it was actually about my team mates and what they do to make the game so much fun and helping create opportunities to score all those tries.

The Dubai tournament is the second of the women's World Sevens Series and follows a successful campaign from the Black Ferns Sevens in their first tournament, beating all comers in Colorado and taking the No 1 spot on the standings.

It's a 10-even series, which includes the Canada Sevens from March 9-10 at B.C. Place.

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