Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

New Zealand clinch sixth Dubai Sevens title

New Zealand clinch sixth Dubai Sevens title

It was at the 2015 Dubai Sevens where the US rugby sevens team scored its historic first-ever win over New Zealand, but an even more historic cup final win was not to be on Saturday as the Eagles fell to the All Blacks 21-5.

The Canada Sevens earned the top score in five of the categories.

Bianca Farella scored four tries and Julia Greenshields added three more as Canada won all three of its games Thursday on Day 1 of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens.

"I know elite teams are measured on results but after the traumas of last 3 months & hardly any preparation I was really proud of the efforts of our boys", Canada coach Damian McGrath said via social media.

The Kiwis have not won the World Series since 2014 while the victor of the season-opening Dubai tournament has gone on to win the overall series for the last five years.

The 2019 edition goes March 9 and 10 at B.C. Place.

"To come off a home World Cup and not finish the way we want to, it's a second chance to get out there and give it a go".

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The Dubai leg of the women's tournament was not televised in full in New Zealand, with the two-day tournament being broadcast on the World Rugby Sevens Facebook page and the finals on Sky Sport 1. Connor Braid then closed out the scoring for Canada. It has 56 tournament victories to the Americans' two.

Australia will play Argentina in the quarterfinals on Sunday. France increased its lead to 28-5 with Adam Zaruba in the sin-bin for not releasing on a try-saving tackle.

England had earlier faced New Zealand in one of two incredible Cup semi-finals.

The Black Ferns Sevens will face Russian Federation in the first quarter-final of the Dubai Rugby Sevens at 6pm (NZT) after winning all their pool play matches on day one of the tournament. It took Folau Niua's quick-tap penalty and the might of Danny Barrett to finally catch Australia off-guard and break the 17-17 deadlock. 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-quarter final saw New Zealand and Scotland embroiled in a first-half arm-wrestle before the All Blacks Sevens opened up.

Canada is coming off a third-place finish in Glendale, Colo, the first stop of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series.

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