US Rugby Sevens Team Finishes Silver At Dubai Sevens

US Rugby Sevens Team Finishes Silver At Dubai Sevens

US Rugby Sevens Team Finishes Silver At Dubai Sevens

In the semi-final against the US, played in the fading desert sunlight, Australia led 17-12 deep into the second half and had chances to close it out but small mistakes gave the Eagles an opportunity, with Stephen Tomasin levelling the scores.

England had earlier faced New Zealand in one of two incredible Cup semi-finals.

In the quarter-finals New Zealand beat Scotland 21-7 and then held on to beat England 7-5 in the semi-finals.

The Dubai leg of the women's tournament was not televised in full in New Zealand, with the two-day tournament being broadcast on the World Rugby Sevens Facebook page and the finals on Sky Sport 1.

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 U.S. defence for the decisive score on Friday.

Jamie Levchuk, who has headed tournament operations for the Canada Sevens since day one and recently had all of Rugby Canada's events placed under his authority, pointed to the work of staff, volunteers and the local business community for the tournament's behind-the-scenes success.

There was to be no first Dubai title for United States, though, as tries by Dylan Collier and Ngarohi McGarvey-Black ensured it would be New Zealand celebrating a long-awaited sixth Dubai title. France increased its lead to 28-5 with Adam Zaruba in the sin-bin for not releasing on a try-saving tackle.


Collier quickly tipped the ball onto Andrew Knewstubb who finished off the play, strolling in under the goal posts untouched to score New Zealand's third try of the match.

New Zealand and England went unbeaten in winning the other two groups. Connor Braid then closed out the scoring for Canada. Sam Pecqueur scored a try with seconds left for Scotland to trail by only 21-19, then Jamie Farndale appeared to touch down the victor, but it was disallowed because he stepped out of bounds.

Canada opened Day 1 of men's play Friday with losses of 26-12 to England and 31-19 to Australia before beating Japan 27-7. 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".

The Canadian women finished fourth overall in a disappointing injury-plagued 2017-18 season.

It's a 10-even series, which includes the Canada Sevens from March 9-10 at B.C. Place.

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

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