SAfrica beat NZ for Dubai Sevens title

08 Décembre, 2019, 05:40 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Fiji did not beat France by enough to progress to the quarter-finals in Dubai

Fiji's hopes were dashed with a 24-21 loss to Argentina, who made the most of a yellow card handed out to Vilimoni Botitu with Matias Moroni scoring the winning try in the dying moments. It was also Fiji's first pool defeat in Dubai since England beat them back in 2010.

Blitzbokke flyer Rosko Specman helped South Africa to a 15-0 victory over New Zealand on Saturday to win the opening leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai.

An emotional Samoa, who paid tribute to the victims of the deadly measles epidemic the country is going through, finished second in their pool to an impressive New Zealand.

The Cup quarter-finals take place tomorrow, starting with the encounter between France and England. South Africa scored two first-half tries then hung on to beat Argentina 12-5 in the quarterfinals, while New Zealand beat England 19-12 in the semifinals with a last-minute try by Salesi Rayasi.

Fiji and Canada, as the two best third-placed teams, meet in the ninth-place playoff.

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Australia scored the opening three tries in rushing past the USA 24-12, and New Zealand enjoyed romps against Canada and Samoa on day two of the three-day event.

Earlier, France provided the first shock of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2019 women's competition by beating defending champions New Zealand 19-14 in the final match of the pool stages on Friday.

The win sees South Africa top the Series standings with 22 points.

The South Africans scraped past Argentina 12-5 in the quarter-finals before routing Samoa 38-7 in the semi-finals.

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