All Blacks Sevens complete Dubai double

Sherman Parsons
December 2, 2018

Our speed, our work ethic, our endeavour all day today from the quarter-finals to the semi-finals has shown through for us.

The New Zealand Black Ferns claimed the gold medal with a comfortable 26-14 victory over Canada in the final.

New Zealand play the US, Spain and Wales in Pool C, and England, Australia, Canada and Japan feature in Pool D.

The New Zealand women's sevens team have started strongly in Dubai, topping their pool and setting up a cup quarterfinal against Russian Federation.

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.

Matt Mullins scored two tries and Braid, Zaruba, Justin Douglas and Pat Kay added singles in Canada's earlier 38-5 win over Zimbabwe on Saturday.

A converted try to Ngarohi McGarvey Black finished the scoring, as the New Zealand men followed their women's team from a day before in becoming champions - though the men's last Dubai title was nine years ago.

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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.

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 USA then edged a thrilling game against Australia 22-17, with Danny Barrett crossing more than two minutes after the hooter when the scores had been tied up.

It completes a double for New Zealand after the women won their event yesterday. However, Waisea Nacuqu had other ideas and his breakaway try levelled the scores, only for Vilimoni Botitu to step up and miss the straightforward conversion to mean extra-time would decide the victor. Team USA finished sixth past year.

The next stop in the Sevens Series takes place in Cape Town, South Africa, next weekend.

Goss said the memory of their fifth place finish at Dubai past year was motivation this weekend. A crucial turn over in the last play of the game by debutant Scott Gregory secured the 7-5 victory, and was also awarded the UL Mark of Excellence as "Moment of the Tournament". England will face South Africa, Fiji meets the United States, and New Zealand plays Scotland. "We want to try to finish top four and give ourselves a little break at the end of the year".

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