Shujaa into Dubai Sevens Cup Quarters

Shujaa into Dubai Sevens Cup Quarters

The All Blacks Sevens, who were rattled in the first half by South Africa's showing, clawed back into the game in the second period.

Earlier, South Africa faced their sternest test of the tournament against 2015 Dubai winners Fiji in the semi-final. England in 2016 beat South Africa in the final.

In the other semi-final, England captain Tom Mitchell was instrumental in his side's first try, setting up Ruaridh McConnochie off a set piece line out on the New Zealand 10 metre line.

South Africa blitzed New Zealand in the first half of the final‚ scoring three tries through Phillip Snyman‚ Seabelo Senatla and Kwagga Smith with Branco du Preez landing two conversions to run into a 19-0 lead at the break.

The New Zealand women's sevens team have been handed a stunning loss to United States of America in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Sevens.




"We let NZ back into the game with a silly yellow card and one or two mistakes towards the end nearly cost us‚" SA captain Snyman said.

"We're also really pleased with some of the young guys who played today like Harry Glover who was fantastic and showed some great glimpses as well as Ben Howard who made his World Series debut today - we saw some really good stuff from him".

The US went on to beat Russian Federation 21-12 in the semi-finals, but were comprehensively outplayed 34-0 by Olympic gold medallists Australia in the final. "We want to focus on our processes and if we leave the result and the result doesn't go our way then we're still happy", he added.

England picked up bronze after seeing off Fiji 28-21.

This was just after speedster Collins Injera had scored a brace of tries to inspire the national sevens team to a 29-15 victory over Canada in their opening match.

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