All Black Sevens beaten in Dubai final

Posted December 03, 2017

Attentions now turn to South Africa for round two of the Sevens World Series, with less than a week's recovery time before they do it all again in Cape Town.

An early sin-binning for a New Zealand player who went high on Branco du Preez paved the way for the Boks to open a 12-0 lead with tries by captain Philip Snyman and the twinkle-toed Seabelo Senatla.

"It was a great performance from the guys", said Senatla.

Kenya Sevens have qualified for today's Dubai Sevens Main Cup quarter-final after beating Uganda 29-14 in a physical decisive final Group A match at The Sevens Stadium, last evening.

The Kiwis had remained unbeaten in pool play and through the quarter and semi- finals at the season-opening Dubai Sevens, but never really recovered from a storming South African start in the final. Kwagga Smith, fresh from his venture into 15s with the Lions in Super Rugby, showed pure power to shrug off three defenders and rumble towards the Fiji line, only to be held up short.

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Smith was named player of the final for his hard-working efforts but he was quick to pass the praise on to his teammates. Down to six men, Powell's team conceded tries to Andrew Knewstubb and Scott Curry and with only a few minutes to play there was only seven points in the tie. The Pacific Islanders got the conversion and won the restart, but knocked on to thwart their chances of Dubai glory.

The men will close out their first day of competition against South Africa at 10:53 a.m. ET. The England star dotted down in the corner and left the All Blacks Sevens trailing 0-5 at half-time.

Other Shujaa tries were scored by Eden Agero, Dan Sikuta, Oscar Ayodi and Brian Tanga with Solomon Okia and Phillip Wokorach grounding Cranes' tries.

The ball eventually found its way out to Joe Ravouvou who went over for his second of the game and secured Clark Laidlaw's side a place in the final.