Dubai Sevens results: New Zealand face US in final

Ross Houston
December 2, 2018

Of course, it has to be remembered that the team is in a rebuilding phase following the departure of several stalwarts, but they will be mightily disappointed with a sixth-place finish in Dubai.

"We know we have to be better tomorrow and if we play like we did at the end of the day, than we can reverse today's result against England in the quarter final", he said.

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

The Fijians scored a try in the sudden death extra-time period to win 24-19. The Aussies had it at 10-10 before Bianca Farella brought victory to Canada with a try with only seconds remaining on the clock. Rounding out the top-10 are Russian Federation on 20 points, Ireland and England on 16 each, Spain on seven and China on six.

Canadian teammate Kayla Moleschi of Williams Lake concurred: "We all realize what the sweep of the year is about, but we take each game as it comes".

Australia's women are in action next in Sydney from February 1-3 where they will be bolstered by the return of stars Emilee Cherry, Shannon Parry and Emma Tonegato.

Goss said the memory of their fifth place finish at Dubai past year was motivation this weekend.

In their Pool D decider Australia ran out 22-19 victors and it looked like they would prevail again with the electric play of Maurice Longbottom and tries by Lachie Anderson and John Porch helping them into a 14-10 lead going into the final moments.

"We had two games where full time was all square and one we won (USA) and one we lost (Canada)". Cowichan High-grad Pat Kay of Duncan scored a try in the victory over Japan.

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.

The men, whose pre-season preparations were interrupted by a labour dispute with Rugby Canada, now head to Cape Town for next weekend's second stop of the HSBC World Rugby Series.

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