All Blacks Sevens beaten by South Africa in Dubai final

All Blacks Sevens beaten by South Africa in Dubai final

All Blacks Sevens beaten by South Africa in Dubai final

After losing to New Zealand in the semifinal, England captain Tom Mitchell, said: "It's tough to take and awful to lose but they seized their chances better than we did".

But a dominant first half for France had England on the backfoot in their second outing, though Norton dashed the length of the field to wrestle back the advantage come the end of the first period.

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

As a result of the 24-12 win over New Zealand in the final‚ South Africa won their fifth Dubai title and set themselves up perfectly for next weekend's home tournament in Cape Town after winning all six matches in the emirate.

A last minute lapse saw Kenya miss out a chance to play in the Main Cup semis after narrowly losing 12-14 to the All Blacks of New Zealand in the quartet-finals at the opening leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Dubai on Saturday.

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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. Scott Curry and Andrew Knewstubb got the All Blacks Sevens back into the match, but at 19-12 it was the powerful Tim Agaba who closed the game out.

"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".

"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".

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

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