Canadian women lose to New Zealand in final of Dubai Rugby Sevens

Canadian women lose to New Zealand in final of Dubai Rugby Sevens

Canadian women lose to New Zealand in final of Dubai Rugby Sevens

Sarah Goss, Michaela Blyde and Gayle Broughton each scored three tries as New Zealand posted Pool A victories over Kenya, Russia and Ireland on day one in Dubai on Thursday (Friday NZ Time), the second stop of the Women's World Sevens Series.

Watch the highlight from Dubai, including Canada's silver medal win.

It took five minutes for the first try to come in a pulsating and energy-sapping final, Tone Ng Shiu powering through the clutches of Ben Pinkelman with Andrew Knewstubb adding the conversion for a 7-0 half-time score.

The Dubai tournament is the second of the women's World Sevens Series and follows a successful campaign from the Black Ferns Sevens in their first tournament, beating all comers in Colorado and taking the No 1 spot on the standings.

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The Canadian women finished fourth overall in a disappointing injury-plagued 2017-18 season.

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

New Zealand were undefeated on their way to a quarterfinal berth against Scotland. "Even the boys back home who couldn't be here, I know they were cheering us on". When I then got the phone call telling me I had won it again I was truly shocked but when I thought about it I realised it wasn't about me, it was actually about my team mates and what they do to make the game so much fun and helping create opportunities to score all those tries. But the Eagles, at full complement, could not expose the exhausted New Zealanders because they were unable to offload, and were plagued by errors. The scored remained at 7-5 despite England spending two-and-a half minutes probing for the match-winner after the buzzer had sounded, but an incredible defensive effort - later recognised as the UL Mark of Excellence for the tournament - kept them out. France increased its lead to 28-5 with Adam Zaruba in the sin-bin for not releasing on a try-saving tackle.

Samoa opened their tournament with a 21-19 win over Argentina but were pipped by South Africa 19-12 before defeating 17-15 in their final game of the day. Sam Pecqueur scored a try with seconds left for Scotland to trail by only 21-19, then Jamie Farndale appeared to touch down the victor, but it was disallowed because he stepped out of bounds.

The second leg is next weekend in Cape Town. A crucial turn over in the last play of the game by debutant Scott Gregory secured the 7-5 victory, and was also awarded the UL Mark of Excellence as "Moment of the Tournament".

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