Dubai Rugby Sevens: England third as New Zealand claim title

Dubai Rugby Sevens: England third as New Zealand claim title

Dubai Rugby Sevens: England third as New Zealand claim title

Canada is coming off a third-place finish in Glendale, Colo, the first stop of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series.

On Friday, New Zealand's Black Ferns beat Canada 26-14 in the women's final.

Moments before, the US knocked on and the ball went out. New Zealand, with the choice of scrum or lineout, chose a quick throw in which caught the US napping and Collier lumbered 60 metres to the posts.

After several more minutes of intense attacking pressure, including two and a half more after the buzzer, New Zealand's incredible defence was rewarded with Scott Gregory exerting himself on the breakdown and winning a penalty. But the Eagles, at full complement, couldn't expose the exhausted New Zealanders because they weren't able to offload, and were plagued by errors.

Tone Ng Shiu gave the New Zealand men a 7-0 lead with a first-half converted try.

Another U.S. chance was wasted when Pinkleman's pass off the floor to Leuta was dropped, then Perry Baker dropped a catch on the right wing to end the half. Things went from bad to worse when the Americans were penalized for having eight men on the field.

The Red Roses made the ideal start to the competition with wins over Australia, USA and China to advance to the last eight where they will face reigning champions Australia on Friday.

"Australia is one of the top teams in the world, and we [were] looking to go all the way, and so you know you're going to have to play those girls at some point in the day", said Landry.

However, in their final group match the United States of America shot out of the blocks to opening the scoring and lead to the Australians struggling to regain possession.

The next leg takes place in Cape Town next weekend.

But the African champions will take some solace from improved performances in their last pool A games against Argentina and Samoa in which they showed great potential to improve and match some of the world's best.

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.

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