Dubai double for All Black sevens

Blitzbokke Dubai 2017 winners

Blitzbokke Dubai 2017 winners

It was at the 2015 Dubai Sevens where the usa rugby sevens team scored its historic first-ever win over New Zealand, but an even more historic cup final win was not to be on Saturday as the Eagles fell to the All Blacks 21-5.

Michaela Blyde became the fifth woman in World Series history to reach 100 tries when she touched down for New Zealand's last try in their quarter-final, then scored the first three in their semifinal.

In the rematch, New Zealand took a 7-0 lead, but the US capitalized on a penalty to make it 7-5. That will be followed by the Japan Sevens from April 20-21 in Kitakyushu, Canada Sevens from May 11-12 at Westhills Stadium and Paris Sevens from June 7-9.

Coach Neil Powell's team are back in action at 5.53pm on Friday against Argentina before Saturday's Cup quarter-finals.

Watch highlights from the HSBC World Rugby Sevens tournament in Dubai, including the Canadian women's silver medal win.




Moments before, United States of America knocked on and the ball went out.

The Springboks Sevens hardly got out of the blocks before they lost arguably their most influential player to injury at the Dubai Sevens. Team USA finished sixth previous year.

With four World Series tournaments remaining - the next in Sydney in February - New Zealand top the standings on 40 points, six ahead of second-placed Canada. Phil Burgess wrapped up the win after intercepting a Rosko Specman pass, before South Africa scored a consolation try through Selvyn Davids. The teams also met in pool play on Friday with New Zealand winning, 24-7.

Tournaments have bid to be part of the next four-year cycle, which starts with the 2019-20 season and with this award, it's hard to see the Vancouver event not continuing on as one of the ten world series events. It took five minutes before Ngarohi McGarvey-Black's massive fend and pace broke the deadlock.

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