Cdn rugby players don ice-covered toques to beat Dubai heat


The USA had knocked out Fiji in the quarter-finals and Australia in the semis. But the Eagles, at full complement, could not expose the exhausted New Zealanders because they were unable to offload, and were plagued by errors.

That result sent out some warning signs, and the Springbok Sevens were then well and truly outplayed by England in their Cup quarter-final as they plunged to a humbling 22-5 defeat.

Meanwhile in the women's series, world champion New Zealand remained ideal by beating Canada 26-14 in the final for a second title in this series and fifth straight going back to last season.

Scores were locked 21-all with time elapsed on the clock when Dick, playing in her first World Series tournament, gathered the ball 40-metres out from the line and powered away from the tiring U.S. defence for the decisive score on Friday.

Chitokwindo had been tipped by World Rugby, as one of the players to watch before the start of the Dubai Sevens.

A converted try to Ngarohi McGarvey Black finished the scoring, as the New Zealand men followed their women's team from a day before in becoming champions - though the men's last Dubai title was nine years ago. A try-saving tackle from Mike Ellery prevented the Blitzboks answering back before Mitchell's second and a Tom Bowen try increased England's lead to 17-0 at half-time.

England finished top of Pool B with three wins, impressively beating the Olympic champions Australia 26-12 in their first match.

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It was the first time since 2009 that New Zealand have won in Dubai, and they achieved it without four first choice players who were injured before the final. 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.

It completes a double for New Zealand after the women won their event yesterday. The Canadian women have won 10 of 12 matches this season, losing only to the Black Ferns.

"There were some moments particularly in that last game that were to and fro", said Australian men's coach Tim Walsh.

The second leg is next weekend in Cape Town.

But they fell to two heartbreaking losses after the siren, to United States of America in the semi-final and England in the third place play-off, to narrowly miss out on the podium.

Canada will face Zimbabwe in the consolation Challenge Trophy quarterfinal.