New Zealand end Dubai 7s drought with 21-5 win over USA

New Zealand men's team celebrating their success at Dubai 7s
New Zealand men's team celebrating their success at Dubai 7s
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New Zealand 21 -5 USA

New Zealand went on to win their first Dubai 7s title in 10 years as they defeated USA 21-5 in the final to begin the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series on top.

Tone Ng Shiu kick-started the proceedings with a sixth minute try for New Zealand with Andrew Knewstubb kicking the extras. The response from USA came in the 10th minute when Stephen Tomasin crossed over but with the conversion missed, they were trailing by two points.

USA's hope of winning the Dubai 7s for the first time was dashed with New Zealand scoring further tries from Dylan Collier and Ngarohi McGarvey-Black in the 12th and 15th minutes respectively to complete a 16 point win.

“There wasn’t much said [before the final], said Scott Knewstubb, who was named the HSBC Player of the Final.

"You just look across at your mates there, they look at you, and you just connect on the field. Off the field as well we’re all great mates. Even the boys back home who couldn’t be here, I know they were cheering us on.”

Sione Molia added: “It was really unfortunate for us [to have so many injures] but we knew we had to get our heads down and start working coming into this final against a really good USA Team. The boys put an unreal shift out there and we’re really happy."

Earlier, New Zealand reached the final by edging out England 5-7 in the semi-final while USA defeated Australia 17-22. England though managed to secure the Bronze with a thrilling 15-14 win over their rivals Australia while Samoa won the Challenge Cup after winning 33-24 against France.

The teams will converge in Cape Town for the second round on 8th and 9th December.

 

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