NZ win Dubai Sevens beating U.S. in final 21-5

NZ win Dubai Sevens beating U.S. in final 21-5

NZ win Dubai Sevens beating U.S. in final 21-5

"I know elite teams are measured on results but after the traumas of last 3 months & hardly any preparation I was really proud of the efforts of our boys", Canada coach Damian McGrath said via social media.

New Zealand lost Luke Masirewa to the sin-bin and in his absence the usa hit back, Stephen Tomasin running in the try but captain Madison Hughes' conversion went just wide of the left upright.

Canada finished ninth overall on the circuit last season.

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.

England's Daniel Bibby, right, fights for the ball with New Zealand's Vilimoni Koroi in a semi final match of the Emirates Airline Rugby Sevens in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.

It was also the first time Kenya failed to win a match in the Series since the London Sevens leg of the 2011/2012 season. Barrett was then the hero, eventually crossing in the left corner after a chaotic finish, with the U.S. dummying at a penalty and feeding the ball out wide.

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James added nine rebounds and seven assists in his first game since scoring a season-low 14 points in the Lakers' embarrassing loss at Denver.

Sevuloni Mocenacagi opened the charts for the Fijians as Kalione Nasoko and Amenoni Nasilasila followed suit to lead 17-0 before Motari struck with his maiden try for Kenya.

Australia's Maurice Longbottom runs with the ball against Argentina in the quarterfinal.

The World Rugby Men's Sevens World Series action is also due to begin tomorrow in the same venue.

Dubai Sevens was Murunga's first assignment in the Series as head coach even though he deputised Benjamin Ayimba during the 2015/2016 Series, where they won the Singapore Sevens, Shujaa's first ever win.

Speaking of his surprise match-winner Manenti added: "The two young girls (17-year-old) Sariah Paki and Lily just went from strength to strength and the more I played them the better they got". Fiji placed fifth, beating defending Series champion South Africa 24-19 in extra time.

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