Debacle in Dubai for Blitzboks

Losing Start For Coach Paul Murunga As Shujaa Fall To Scotland -

Losing Start For Coach Paul Murunga As Shujaa Fall To Scotland -

Our speed, our work ethic, our endeavour all day today from the quarter-finals to the semi-finals has shown through for us. New Zealand had a choice of scrum or lineout and chose a quick throw in.

The other Cup quarterfinals are New Zealand versus Russian Federation, U.S. versus France and England versus Australia.

The Kiwis had comfortably beaten the Eagles on Friday in pool play, but the final was in the balance until two minutes to go, when Andrew Knewstubb's second conversion to Dylan Collier's try gave New Zealand a safe 14-5 lead.

Injury-hit New Zealand won the opening round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, defeating the US 21-5.

A stunning breakaway try from 18-year-old Lily Dick earned the Australian women's team a bronze medal at the Dubai Sevens as they edged out the US 26-21 in a thrilling third place play-off.

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

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.

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

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Canada opened the day with a 24-7 win over Ireland in the Cup quarterfinal before edging defending Series champion Australia 15-10 on a last-ditch Farella try.

The Canada-Ireland winner will face the England-Australia victor in the semifinals. Of course, it has to be remembered that the team is in a rebuilding phase following the departure of several stalwarts, but they will be mightily disappointed with a sixth-place finish in Dubai.

The Canadian men were ninth previous year.

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

The Cheetahs, as the national Sevens side is affectionately known, took part in the Dubai Sevens which is the opening leg of the 2018/19 World Rugby Sevens Series on an invitation as reward for winning the Africa Cup title in November.

A top-four finish this season means automatic qualification for the 2020 Olympics.

USA's Martin Losefo tackled by Fiji's player in their quarter final match of the Rugby Sevens in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.

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