All Black Sevens beaten in Dubai final

All Black Sevens beaten in Dubai final

All Black Sevens beaten in Dubai final

The Blitzboks are now the Dubai Sevens champions after beating New Zealand 24-12.

The reigning series champions fell to a 14-12 defeat after a late converted try handed the Americans a shock victory.

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

Samuel Oliech stepped up to convert but Uganda offered an instant response through Solomon Okia who capitalized on poor handling from the Shujaa to score his fourth try in Dubai which was converted to leave the tie level at 7-7.

South Africa has gotten their sevens season off to the best possible start after a dominant display in Dubai.

Tim Mikkelson of New Zealand is tackled by Kwagga Smith of South Africa in the Dubai Sevens final
Francois Nel Tim Mikkelson of New Zealand is tackled by Kwagga Smith of South Africa in the Dubai Sevens final

Remarkably, it was just the third time in their history that the New Zealand women's sevens have been knocked out before the semifinals, having been defeated by Australia and England in quarter-finals in 2015. Cecil Afrika managed to scoop up the ball out the back of the breakdown and dot it down.

Rosko Specman, Seabelo Senatla and Kwagga Smith crossed to give the Blitzboks a 19-0 half-time lead before the All Blacks Sevens staged a valiant second-half rally. With the conversion good, Fiji mounted their comeback through Jerry Tuwai, the quick footed playmaker running in an easy score after multiple phases of play stretched the defence thin.

Scotland's Darcy Graham and England's Dan Norton top scored with eight tries.

But a dominant first half for France had England on the backfoot in their second outing, though Norton dashed the length of the field to wrestle back the advantage come the end of the first period.

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.

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